Mar 21, 2012

Leonard Ravenhill on Holiness

"How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?"
"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’?"

"When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it 'legalism.'"
"If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified."
"My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil’s most wanted list."
"There’s a difference between changing your opinion, and changing your lifestyle."

"A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience."
"A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way."
"No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one's talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off."
"If I was to ask you tonight if you were saved? Do you say 'Yes, I am saved'. When? 'Oh so and so preached, I got baptized and...' Are you saved? What are you saved from, hell?

Are you saved from bitterness?
Are you saved from lust?
Are you saved from cheating?
Are you saved from lying?
Are you saved from bad manners?
Are you saved from rebellion against your parents?

Come on, what are you saved from?

"Some women will spend thirty minutes to an hour preparing for church externally (putting on special clothes and makeup, etc.). What would happen if we all spent the same amount of time preparing internally for church—with prayer and meditation?"
"Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was being stoned to death."

"Your doctrine can be as straight as a gun barrel—and just as empty!"
"And there's no room for Him in the inn.
He got a bit older, there was no room in His family, His family turned on Him.
He went to the temple, no room in the temple, the temple turned on Him.
And when He died there was no room to bury Him, He died outside of the city.

Well why in God's Name do you expect to be accepted everywhere?

How is it that the world couldn't get on with the holiest Man that ever lived and can get on with you and me? Are we compromised? Are we compromised? Have we no spiritual stature? Have we no righteousness that reflects on their corruption?"

"There are only two kinds of persons: those dead in sin and those dead to sin."

"If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong!"
"Is the world crucified to you tonight? Or does it fascinate you?"
"That world outside there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity, it's waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity."
"The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising."
"You can have all of your doctrines right—yet still not have the presence of God."
"The question isn't were you challenged. The question is where you changed?"
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