Saturday, August 8, 2015

Seeking the pure spiritual milk: what we can learn from the late Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994)

The late Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994) was a devout evangelist in the 20th century. He was born in Britain and witnessed the authentic revivals in Wales in the 40s. He had spent many hours in the prayer closet and lived what he talked. His genuine love for Jesus and for the lost souls, and his uncompromising attitude toward sin drive us to dedicate all of our lives to Christ, and Christ alone.

Now, I am going to write down one of his sermons. You can also listen to the youtube which is attached below.

   We have never seen the agonizing death of a man on a cross.
Immediately, a man was nailed to the cross, he lost all his rights. And if you ever get nailed to the cross,
you'll lose all yours, too.
Paul says, "Don't trouble me! I'm branded;
I bear the marks of a slave! I'm a bond slave of Jesus Christ."
I've no will of my own!
I've no rights of my own!
There's an old hymn established on that very theme-
Let my hands perform His bidding
Let my feet run in His ways
Let my eyes see Jesus only
Let my lips speak forth His praise.
All for Jesus!
All my being's ransomed powers
All my thoughts and words and doings
All my days and all my hours.
This man is no professional preacher-
Preaching is not a profession;
it's a passion!
If a man can't preach with passion,
he shouldn't preach at all.
There's no breath of professionalism anywhere in the ministry of Paul.
And thanks God, there's no breath of commercialism, either.
Paul has no fear;
Do you know what he did? I would to God some of you fellows would do it.
You know what he once did? He said, "I bow the knee to the Father."
And because he bowed the knee to the Father, he never bowed the knee to anybody else, neither demons or politician or kings.
He stood there regal.
"I bear in my body the mark of the Lord Jesus."
In America alone, we have hundreds of millions of gospel cassettes,
and we have millions of gospel books, and we have hundreds of bible schools,
and we have hundreds of seminars, and we have people memorizing the scriptures.
And we have 5000 radio stations, which everyday gives some part of the scripture.
And yet with all this stuff to feed on-
Dear God where are we? With all this stuff to feed on-
95% of us are spiritual cripples!
Spiritual infants.
Spiritual babes.
Children full of self-pity.
me first.
And some people love God because He gives!
We've got this wretched prosperity stunt.
Paul's very clear, isn't he? Doesn't he say (writing to Timothy there)
"There'll come a day when people think that gain is godliness."
Peter said in his day.
"There are some who will make merchandise you."
That wouldn't be more true than the day in which we're living.
I see God's money going in
stately buildings and swimming pools and tennis courts and I want to vomit.
With the world starving, with the mission field needing money,
Paul never glamorized the gospel.
It's a very gory gospel!
It's a bloody gospel!
It's a sacrificial gospel!
I believe the cardinal ethic of Christianity is sacrifice not success!
The most precious thing we ever handle is the human soul!
There is only one way to Heaven-
There are a million ways to Hell!
What do you do to go to Hell?
Just do nothing- that's all.
You don't have to thumb your nose at God.
You don't have to blaspheme the name of Jesus.
You don't have to be an adulterer-
Just coast on!
For the greatest sin in the world is not adultery. The greatest sin in the world is-
"I can manage my life without God."
That's the greatest sin.
You say sometimes,
"I wonder God doesn't burden me?"
Do you know why?
Because He can't trust you. That's why.
You're not strong enough to carry the burden. A lot of you, here this morning,
you don't need more light. This will only make it worse for you at the Judgment.
What you need is more obedience.
Some of you have known for years what you should do, and you haven't; you hold back.
Do you remember some of those awesome words Jesus said to the disciples?
"I've many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them."
I say reverently. "Almighty God, don't say that to me at the Judgment seat! Don't let me stand before John Wesley and Finney and all the great saints of the ages."
And say, "Ravenhill, I'd many things to tell you, but you were so preoccupied with this or preoccupied with that. I couldn't get through to you and
if I could, you won't be true enough to handle it."
95% of Christians in the nation are weak!
God can't trust them with vision;
He can't trust children with jewels!
You can't trust them with something that needs bravery;
they're too timid!
You can't trust them with the burden.
You'll break down!
Five minutes inside Eternity-
I believe everyone of us will have wished that
we'd have sacrificed more,
prayed more,
loved more,
sweated more,
grieved more,
wept more!"
I will attach three more inspiring sermons by Leonard Ravenhill