Ukrainian Christian leaders shared their views on reasons and terms of a spiritual awakening in Ukraine, reports Christian Telegraph.
Michael Panochko, Senior Bishop of the All-Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christian Churches – Pentecostals, is sure that awakening will come to Ukraine soon.
“The Lord Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is not coming noticeably, it lives in us. The awakening is also a personal and deep experience. I experienced it in 1974, and today I am thankful for His unspeakable gift. I stand for the personal awakening of every person whom we can teach about its importance. The awakening has already been acting here. God’s powerful movement will soon come to Ukraine! I am deeply convinced of it!” noted the Bishop.
Pastor Vladimir Muntyan from the Revival Spiritual Center earlier opined that the awakening in Ukraine will follow the growth of churches. “We do not pray for a revival, it has been already acting.We ask God, in the midst of a revival, to set in fire to our country. The growth of churches is a presage of awakening,” underlined the minister.
In my opinion, there is no awakening in Ukraine because of the lack of diligence in churches. Here, we drew away from preaching the Gospel and replaced it with social projects, entertainment and philosophy.
Fred Taylor, pastor of the Lighthouse Chapel International in Kiev
Fred Taylor, pastor of the Lighthouse Chapel International in Kiev, Ukraine, mentioned reasons behind the spiritual awakening in Africa today and its absence in Ukraine.
At first, the pastor mentioned the prayers and the Word of God that were seeded by the first missionaries. “We know that they worked a lot and even sacrificed their lives,” said Mr. Taylor, who was the first African pastor in the former USSR. “A lot of them did not have the opportunity to see the fruits, but their work gave abundant fruit after some decades.”
The second reason is that pastors pray and work more in Africa. “For example in Ghana, Christians pray a lot. They hold evangelizations, morning and evening prayer,” underlined the minister.
“In my opinion, there is no awakening in Ukraine because of the lack of diligence in churches,” continued Fred Taylor. “Here, we drew away from preaching the Gospel and replaced it with social projects, entertainment and philosophy.”
Lighthouse Chapel International, led by Dag Heward-Mills, has more than 1,200 branches in the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.