I think opinions about this topic are diverse here among the members . I will start out with an Arthur Walkington Pink quote extracted from a larger work in 1952 ( the year of his death ) . It is the studied judgment of this writer , and he is by no means alone therein , that doctrinal preaching is the most pressing need of the churches today . During the past fifty years a lot has been said about , and much prayer has been made for a God-sent revival , but it is to be feared that that term is often used very loosely and unintelligently . Unless we are mistaken , if the question were put , A 'revival' of what ? a considerable variety of answers would be given . Personally , we would say a revival of old-fashioned piety , of practical godliness , of fuller conformity to the holy image of Christ . The 'revival' we need is a deliverance from that spiritual apathy and laxity which now characterizes the average Christian , a return to self-denial and closer walking with God , a quickening of our graces , and the becoming more fruitful in the bringing forth of good works . Whether or not Scripture predicts such a revival we know not . Two things we are sure of : that whatever the future may hold for this world , God will maintain a testimony unto himself ( Psa.145:4 ; Matt.28:20) and preserve a godly seed on earth , until the end of human history ( Psa.72:5; Isa.27:3 ; Matt.16:18 ) . Second , that there must be a return to doctrinal preaching before there will be any improvement in practice .