The Challenge of Ravenhill

LeonardRavenhill-12-1988Leonard Ravenhill
(June 18, 1907 – November 27, 1994)

Ravenhill was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is best known for challenging western evangelicalism (through his books and sermons) to compare itself to the early Christian Church as chronicled in the Book of Acts.  (Wiki)

In answer to the question, Why does revival tarry? Ravenhill responded, 

“The only reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it.”

That’s a hard one to both digest or disagree with.

Some of his more incisive and provocative quotes:

  • “I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, “Save OUR children” bellow “Build more and bigger bombers.” That’s right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from “OUR” bombers! This does not jell.”
  • “Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”.
  • “If weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere.”
  • “Men give advice; God gives guidance.”
  • “Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?”..
  • “A sinning man stops praying, a praying man stops sinning”
  • “God pity us that after years of writing, using mountains of paper and rivers of ink, exhausting flashy terminology about the biggest revival meetings in history, we are still faced with gross corruption in every nation, as well as with the most prayerless church age since Pentecost.”
  • “The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.”
  • “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.”
  • “My main ambition in life is to be on the devil’s most wanted list.”
  • “If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.”
  • “Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy”……..
  • “Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live!”
  • “A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man.”

I love the quote, “My main ambition in life is to be on the devil’s most wanted list.”

What might happen in our nation if every professing believer in Christ had such an ambition?

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