quotes by Leonard Ravenhill

25 08 2010

I just saw where one of my friends on Facebook referenced a quote by Leonard Ravenhill.  (Now there’s a good use for Facebook!)  They paraphrased it and I wanted to get the actual wording because I collect good quotes, so I searched online for it.  Here’s that quote (watch your toes!):

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

If you aren’t familiar with Leonard Ravenhill, here’s a short summary from a bio of him I found online that had that quote.  Leonard Ravenhill was one of the foremost outdoor evangelists of the 20th century, reaching thousands of people.  There’s a lot more that could be said about that, obviously, but one interesting tidbit in his life story is that he never quit ministry.  Even when he had become frail from old age and couldn’t get around well, he still held prayer meetings in his home, and some people would drive four hours round-trip to attend these prayer meetings.  The man who wrote the short biography at that page attended these meetings, and he said he was always challenged by what Leonard had said.  He always took a notebook to the prayer meetings so he would remember some of these great observations and maxims.  There’s some of them listed at that page.

Just in case you’re not sure if you’re going to read the quotes at that link, here’s a couple more of them that stand out to me.

There are only two kinds of persons: those dead in sin and those dead to sin. ~ Leonard Ravenhill

We must do what we can do for God, before He will give us the power to do what we can’t do. ~ Leonard Ravenhill

If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong! ~ Leonard Ravenhill

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”? ~ Leonard Ravenhill

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