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The Higher Life at the Orlando Prayer Summit

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In December [1994], Mr. Bill Bright, a former businessman who founded Campus Crusade for Christ International, held a "prayer summit" that included Christian broadcasters Paul Crouch (a "prosperity evangelist"), Robert Schuller, Jack Hayford, and a total of 75 evangelical leaders whose view of revival is, generally speaking, an inheritance from Finney rather than from Whitefield and Edwards. What is remarkable as one scans the list of participants is that the majority of the most identifiable names on the roster, from a variety of denominations, are held together by a common heritage in the theology and practice of Charles Finney. The purpose of this article is to focus on the theology of the man behind the Summit itself and its related 40-day fast by Mr. Bright, but first we should understand the background in the work of Finney.

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1 [ Back ] Lewis Sperry Chafer, Grace: The Glorious Theme (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1950; reprint from 1922 edition).
2 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 351.
3 [ Back ] Bill Bright, Handbook of Concepts for Living (San Bernardino, CA: Campus Crusade for Christ International, 1981).
4 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 68.
5 [ Back ] Ibid., pp. 73-74.
6 [ Back ] Ibid., pp. 66-75.
7 [ Back ] Ibid., p. 102.

Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Life Under the Big Top: When Evangelism Undermines the Evangel" Jan./Feb. 1995 Vol. 4 No. 1 Page number(s): 31-34

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