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.

This by Ken Silva pastor-teacher on May 9, 2009 from Apprising Ministries

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…



  1. Where are our specialists? I hear Paul Washer speak at times and I am shaken to the core. Could he be one of them? I don’t know.

    But just like the nation of Israel had the 400 years of “divine silence” (as John MacArthur calls it), I wonder if the Christian nation is under that as well.

    We’re seeing immorality and false teaching like never before. It’s happening so fast, via the media.

  2. I only heard of Paul Washer sometime early last year, but I have heard several of his sermons, and I can say, that another 50 or so Paul Washer types of preachers would be great. We need more preachers like that, who preach the straight, undiluted gospel, without regard for any political correctness or the desire to seek approval of men.
    I don’t know about who or how many will it take to shake up and wake up the nation, but I know this… God has already claimed the victory through Jesus’s death on the cross for us,and we just need to stand firm with him on the battle field. He will get the details taken care, although I wonder just like you… who will it take?

  3. I tend to think that such a specialist will have to throw off the cloak of denominational ties before he will be able to effectively voice such radical truth. I intend to do as much as I can until I see what happens at General Assembly. But as an ordained elder I am conflicted by the fact that I gave my word to defend the Nazarene way. I am not so bothered by the fact that there are heretics who call themselves Nazarenes as much as I am bothered by the fact that those who are in leadership choose to do nothing about it. Maybe it will take a mass exodus of ministers who refuse to share the same credentials with those openly proclaiming this demonic junk.

  4. I would LOVE to go do that! We should ALL be up in arms about this. They are bringing false teaching and mysticism into our churches… I’ve talked to several pastors and numerous “layman” nazarenes about this! The people are concerned but the pastors just don’t see it! I left the denomination because God says to have NOTHING to do with these things. We need to speak out against this. If there were a snake in your congregation would you warn the parishoners? Of course! Let’s stand up for Jesus!

  5. I’m so confused.

    Are you Nazarene, or Baptist?




    Do you believe in Predestination?

    That’s “clearly” taught in Romans 9 according to EVERY PERSON which you quote.

    Yet the Church of the Nazarene CLEARLY believes the exact opposite of that.

    Just read GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT EMERITUS William Greathouse’s commentary on Romans.

    You seriously need to change denominations.

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