What are we doing?
This week I revisited an old friend: His name is Leonard Ravenhill. He lived from 1907 to 1994. He was born in England and spent the last 35 years of his life ministering in the United States. His ministry was largely consumed with evangelistic preaching and writing. He is best known for his book “Why Revival Tarries.” He faced the church of his day and poked and prodded them with stinging and blunt admonitions. His close friend A.W. Tozer said of Ravenhill “To such men as this, the church owes a debt too heavy to pay.”
Ravenhill´s writings are filled with sharp and prophetic reminders that revival does not come without a strong desire, fervent prayer and keen obedience to God. Hear him:
“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.”
“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.”
“The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer”
“Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?”
I have been pondering some of Ravenhill’s stinging words and have wondered if, as a church, we are ever troubled that we may be on the receiving end of Ravenhill’s admonitions? Is what we are doing what the Lord Jesus wants us doing? One last quote to ponder about as we consider what occupies our time and effort at CBC:
“Many of us are hunting mice – while lions devour the land.”
See You Sunday.