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Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:49:48 +1300
From "WHY REVIVAL TARRIES" - Powerful!
-by Leonard Ravenhill.

Today God is bypassing men -- not because they are too ignorant, 
but because they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are 
our handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks!

Elijah lived with God. He thought about the nation's sin like God; 
he grieved over sin like God; he spoke against sin like God. He 
was all passion in his prayers and passionate in his denunciation 
of evil in the land. He had no smooth preaching. Passion fired his 
preaching, and his words were on the hearts of men as molten 
metal on their flesh.

Brethren, if we will do God's work in God's way, at God's time, 
with God's power, we shall have God's blessing and the devil's 
curses. When God opens the windows of heaven to bless us, the 
devil will open the doors of hell to blast us. God's smile means 
the devil's frown! Mere preachers may help anybody and hurt 
nobody; but prophets will stir everybody and madden somebody. 
The preacher may go with the crowd; the prophet goes against it. 
A man freed, fired, and filled with God will be branded unpatriotic 
because he speaks against his nation's sins; unkind because his 
tongue is a two-edged sword; unbalanced because the weight of 
preaching opinion is against him.

Ah! brother preachers, we love the old saints, missionaries, martyrs, 
reformers: our Luthers, Bunyans, Wesleys, Asburys, etc. We will 
write their biographies, reverence their memories, frame their 
epitaphs, and build their monuments. We will do anything except 
imitate them . We cherish the last drop of their blood, but watch 
carefully the first drop of our own!

Oh, my ministering brethern! Much of our praying is but giving God 
advice. Our praying is discolored with ambition, either for ourselves 
or for our denomination. Perish the thought! Our goal must be God 
alone. It is His honor that is defiled, His blessed Son who is ignored, 
His laws broken, His name profaned, His book forgotten, His house 
made a circus of social efforts.

God's problem today is not communism, nor yet Romanism, nor 
liberalism, nor modernism. God's problem is -- dead fundamentalism!.

"So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will 
spew you out of my mouth." - Rev. 3:16

This generation of preachers is responsible for this generation of 
sinners...Sin today is both glamorized and popularized, thrown into 
the ear by radio, thrown into the eye by television, and splashed on 
popular magazine covers. Church-goers, sermon-sick and teaching-
tired, leave the meeting as they entered it -- visionless and 
passionless! Oh God, give this perishing generation ten thousand 
John the Baptists!

-Please comment on Ravenhill's words at the website below-

http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/

-SOURCE: The book 'Why Revival Tarries' by Leonard Ravenhill.
(-One of the most stirring books on Revival ever written!)