Stephen answered the Jewish council and high priest as “Brothers and fathers” (Acts 7:22). Sadly, there was no ‘change to the moral climate’ because they refused to allow God’s Word to convict their hearts.
Often, we see churches go to extremes in promoting “Revival” services, some for weeks. In speaking with a pastor recently after a revival event at their church, I asked what the result was? As he lowered his face, looking down at the table, he said, “Nothing, people have gone back to the way they were”! It is my conviction that revival only happens when we want a moral climate change to take place in our own hearts. Revival is a cry of the heart to God that He change what we cannot change. With His help, we turn away from the old and seek God’s help, “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Colossians 3:9-10).