Just started re-reading a book (Leonard Ravenhill – Why Revival Tarries) that has influenced me immensely as a teenager. In those times, in the homeland, Christian literature was scarce. I remember getting this book in magazine form. I ‘devoured’ it underlining many brilliant – yet piercing observations.
Ravenhill is not to everyone’s taste. He was a man of his time. He probably had blind spots. He was Arminian – and strongly so, and that might put some of you off. Yet to me – he was a prophet. Like Tozer – as contemporary – he preached a different message.
Pinch of salt might be required but power to this godly Yorkshireman. Here are some ‘gems’:
‘There are no reduced rates for a revolution of soul.’
‘The average church knows more about promotion than prayer.’
‘Blessed is the man who has graduated from the secret place of prayer and the school of suffering…to who God can impart a vision of hell.’
‘Because the church has lost Holy Ghost fire, men go to hell fire.’
‘He who fears God fears no man. He who kneels before God will stand in any situation.’
‘There are three persons living in each of us: the one we think we are, the other people think we are, and the one God knows we are.’
‘One man praying stands as a majority with God! Today God is by-passing men – not because they are ignorant but because they are too self-sufficient.’
‘When God opens the window of heaven to bless us, the devil will open the door of hell to blast us. God’s smile means the devil’s frown.’