Brothers and sisters,
It is my prayer that the Lord will send His specialist to wake Christians all across the land and spark a revival, and return to true biblical principles that were once for all delivered to us. Our Christian body, throughout all denominations, is suffering from a serious disease called emergent theology, mixed with unbiblical mystical practices and a challenge to God’s inerrant Word, and I am praying that God sends a special person soon, perhaps at the General Assembly in Orlando, to wake up people and start a serious revival that brings many back to the true living God and the true gospel.
As one who holds to the doctrines of grace I don’t agree with everything evangelist Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994) taught, but I did have the privilege of conversing with this man of God through the mail.
Even so, Ravenhill’s preaching still stands head and shoulders above the weak-kneed man-lovers blathering on in far too many evangelical playpens churches today.
In the foreword to a very good little book by Leonard Ravenhill called Why Revival Tarries his friend A.W. Tozer wrote:
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 will 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.
Lord, if we won’t stand for You in this gelatinous generation, then for Your glory bypass us and raise up a people for Yourself who will let You pour them out as living sacrifices…