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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:16:39 +1200
by Leonard Ravenhill

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." (Ps. 126:5). 

The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the 
Church, grieved at the blindness of the Church, grieved at the 
corruption in the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the 
Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed 
that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the 
strongholds of the devil. He is embarrassed that the Church folks no 
longer cry in their despair before a devil-ridden, sin-mad society, 
"Why could we not cast him out?" (Matt. 17:19).  

Many of us have no heart-sickness for the former glory of the Church 
because we have never known what true revival is. We stagnate in 
the status quo and sleep easy at night while our generation moves 
swiftly to the eternal night of hell. Shame, shame on us! Jesus 
whipped some money changers out of the temple; but before He 
whipped them, He wept over them. He knew how near their judgment 
was The Apostle Paul sent a tear-stained letter to the Philippian 
saints, writing: "I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, 
that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). Notice 
that he does not say they are enemies of Christ; they are, rather, the 
enemies of the cross of Christ. They deny or diminish the redemptive 
values of the cross. There are many like this today. The church of 
Rome does not stand as an enemy of Christ; it traces heavily on His 
holy name. Yet it denies the cross by saying that the Blessed Virgin 
is co-redemptive. If this is so, why was she not also crucified? The 
Mormons use the name of Christ, yet they are astray on the 
atonement. Have we tears for them? Shall we face them without a 
blush when they accuse us of inertia at the Judgment Seat saying 
that they were our neighbors and an offense to us, but not a burden 
because they were lost? 

The Salvationists can scarcely read their flaming evangelical history 
without tears. Has the glory of the evangelical revival under Wesley 
ever gripped the hearts of the Methodists of today? Have they read 
of the fire-baptized men in Wesley's team? Men like John Nelson, 
Thomas Walsh, and a host of others whose names are written in 
the Book of Life; men persecuted and kicked in the streets when 
they held street meetings? Yet as their blood flowed from their 
wounds, their tears flowed from their eyes. Do the Pentecostals 
look back with shame as they remember when they dwelt across 
the theological tracks, but with the glory of the Lord in their midst? 
When they had a normal church life, which meant nights of prayers, 
followed by signs and wonders, and diverse miracles, and genuine 
gifts of the Holy Ghost? When they were not clock watchers, and 
their meetings lasted for hours, saturated with holy power? Have we 
no tears for these memories, or shame that our children know 
nothing of such power? Other denominations had their Glory Days 
of revival. Think of the mighty visitations to the Presbyterians in 
Korea. Remember the earth-shaking revival in Shantung. Are those 
days gone forever? Have we no tears for revival?  

-Leonard Ravenhill - source - http://www.sermonindex.net