For most Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians by the mid-twentieth century, revival meetings were eradicated and churches went back to normal. As I learned in seminary years later, church historians pointed to the Second Great Awakening, led by Charles Finney, as the progenitor of such revivals.
“Don’t you worry about raising your children in such a dangerous place?” The missionary chuckled. “Our kids are just fine. But when we watch the news these days, my wife and I pray for you folks trying to raise kids in America. WE are worried about YOU.”
What if “the call” itself is actually an extra Biblical concept that has been made up. What if the concept of “the call” has no Biblical basis and actually hinders Christian men from relying on Scripture alone as a guide when considering becoming a pastor?