The Jesus Revolution?

 By Taigen Joos - Posted at G3 Ministries:

Published February 22, 2023

The worldwide release of a new film entitled Jesus Revolution is set for Friday, February 24. The film is based on a book by the same title written by Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA. The book and the subsequent movie tell the story of the so-called Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which was centralized in southern California.

Being rooted in the hippie culture, these young people were experimenting with all kinds of things like drugs, sex, and religious pursuits. Hippies were a counter-cultural group of adolescents and young adults looking for meaning in life in the face of what they viewed as a meaningless war in Vietnam and a frustrating American political climate.

The Jesus Movement is said to have been a major spiritual working of God in these hippie sub-cultures, not only in southern California, but also around the nation. Converted hippies were called “Jesus People.” There were, no doubt, many young people who were truly converted and sincere in their faith. However, I do not believe the Jesus Movement is something that should be celebrated as “revolutionary” or exemplary.

The best description of Jesus is not that he’s a revolutionary, but that he is a redeemer. Jesus did not come to overthrow some kind of political system. That is what the Jewish people of the first century wanted him to do, but that was not his purpose in coming. The salvation that Jesus provides is not meant to be a politically revolutionary movement either. Neither were those apostles who helped found the church revolutionaries either. They did not fight for political upheaval. They preached the good news of Jesus Christ and saw lives transformed for the glory of God.


"Southern Baptists almost universally believe that the baptism of the Spirit occurs at conversion. By and large, Southern Baptists have not embraced Charismatic teachings, and churches have been disfellowshipped in the past by their local associations for Charismatic practices, including speaking in tongues. Also, Southern Baptists have historically practiced congregational government, but Harvest and Calvary Chapel fellowship do not. They follow the 'Moses model,' which gives the senior pastor and the pastoral staff significant authority in leading the church. (Source: Is Harvest Christian Fellowship a good fit for the SBC? - Baptist Courier)

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