Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tozer on Ravenhill

Here is what Tozer wrote in the foreword of 'Why revival tarries' concerning Ravenhill, it's truly convicting. Yes that book is one of those flaming classics that will leave you offended, humbled and longing for more, despite the fact that some things might be extreme (and even theologically weak) yet the truth it does contain is truth we need to hear MORE. It's also more or less a conversation (more like a long list of statements put together).
Here it is:
Great industrial concerns have in their employ men who are needed only when there is a breakdown somewhere. When something goes wrong with the machinery, these men spring into action to locate and remove the trouble and get the machinery rolling again. For these men a smoothly operating system has no interest. They are specialists concerned with trouble and how to find and correct it.
In the Kingdom of God things are not too different. God had always had His specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown, the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the church. Such men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of their kind who appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke, and exhort in the name of God and righteousness.
A thousand or ten thousand ordinary Old Testament priests or New Testament pastors and teachers could labor quietly on almost unnoticed while the spiritual life of Israel or the Church was normal. But let the people of God go astray from the paths of truth and immediately the specialist appeared almost out of nowhere. His instinct for trouble brought him to the help of the Lord and of Israel .
Such a man was likely to be drastic, radical, possibly at times violent, and the curious crowd that gathered to watch him work soon branded him as extreme, fanatical, negative. And in a sense they were right. He was single-minded, severe, fearless, and these were the qualities the circumstances demanded. He shocked some, frightened others and alienated not a few, but he knew Who had called him and what he was sent to do. His ministry was geared to the emergency, and that fact marked him out as different, a man apart.
Those who know Leonard Ravenhill wil recognize in him the religious specialist, the man sent from God not to carry on the conventional work of the Church, but to beard the priests of Baal on their own mountaintop, to shame the careless priest at the altar, to face the false prophet and warn the people who are being led astray by him.
Such a man as this is not an easy companion. The professional evangelist who leaves the wrought-up meeting as soon as it ends to hurry over to the most expensive restaurant to feast and crack jokes with his sponsors will find this man something of an embarrassment, for he cannot turn off the burden of the Holy Ghost as one would turn off a faucet. He insists upon being a Christian all the time, everywhere; and again, that marks him out as different.
Toward Leonard Ravenhill it is impossible to be neutral. His acquaintances are divided pretty neatly into two classes, those who love him out of all proportion and those who hate him with perfect hatred. And what is true of the man is sure to be true of his books, of this book. The reader will either close its pages to seek a place of prayer or he will toss it away in anger, his heart closed to its warnings and appeals.

4 comments:

Ryan Kasza

Hey, sorry I missed you at church today, I had to work tonight and I worked last night, so I needed sleep. How about you and your family come over after church nextSunday for lunch? Call me or leave a message here... God bless!

Julius Mickel

i would have texted you back but i didn't want to wake you if your were asleep.
It would be our pleasure to come over--sounds great.
(want me to bring a drum :) pleassseeeeee it's been so long since i played with someone.

Ryan Kasza

sure! sounds great...any preferences in food?

stand for truth

Neat you have all boys. I have 5 sons. It's so neat to see someone else with all boys. You are truly blessed. Your name will be great!

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