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7. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's personal letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's personal letters, number 7

Make no mistake about it, Ravenhill understood that we must know God according to the Bible… the Bible is, above all, the revelation of God. However, Ravenhill saw clearly that we must go beyond a doctrinal view of God into personal relationship. He then refers to Daniel 11:32. Knowing God and doing exploits is revival language and it goes far beyond evangelism. Godly exploits, however, will not get approval from the world, but it will get its attention. Can we say of the church today, as Peter said, “This is that!”? Leonard ponders an interesting contrast between Matthew 21:13 and 23:38. If “your house” (church) is not the house of prayer, then it is not “My house” Instead of being full of God, it will be desolate. He ends the letter, where he began. As a nation within a nation, we are not under its doom and we are governed by higher laws.

Dec. 17:1988: A blessed Christmas and New Year to you. The pundits tell us 1989 will be a year of gloom. So what? Psalm 24 is ours. I think v. 4 is the key and v. 10 the assurance - all between is ours.

6. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill’s personal letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill’s personal letters, number 6

Have you all read The Seduction of Christianity by Dave Hunt? It should be read. I think it was written in the 1980's and it caused a huge stir. Hunt was able to spot some errors and tendencies in the church at that time and exposed them.

Leonard Ravenhill brought it to my attention. He had been observing deficiencies and deceptions for a much longer time. His heart was grieved and he spoke cuttingly and fearlessly against them. He also brought these things before the Lord in broken-hearted prayer. He had no new message to bring to the church, just the ancient truth, about which Jeremiah wrote: Jer 6:16 "Thus saith Jehovah, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls: but they said, We will not walk therein." And again in Jer 18:15 "But my people have forgotten me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway."

I think these two verses are some of the most important for us to mull over these days. Christians don´t want to take the well-traveled, historic way, but are going off on new trails, and eventually wind up serving new gods. Idolatry is as common today in the church, as it was in Israel. People form their own gods, rather than the God of the Bible and historic theology.

The Order of Melchizedek


The Order of Melchizedek

The Lord has sworn…You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.      Hebrews 7:17, 21

ho is the most important human being in the Old Testament? Certainly, every Bible student would rank Abraham among the greatest. However, the unnamed author of Hebrews shows us that greatness is found in the ability to mirror Christ in a life… “made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually” (Heb.7:3) He points us to one, who is much greater than Abraham.

  It is this writer who, above all others in the New Testament, emphasizes the Holy Spirit as the Author of Scripture, eclipsing the human channel, prophet or Psalmist, used to pen His words: “As the Holy Spirit says…the Holy Spirit is signifying…the Holy Spirit also testifies…” (3:7; 9:8; 10:15). He sees beyond the mass of material written about any other character and notices that Melchizedek is great, though little is recorded about him. In contrast, the story of Abraham begins in Genesis 11 and continues to chapter 25. He is mentioned again and again throughout the Old and New Testament.

5. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill’s personal letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill’s personal letters, number 5

We present a couple seasonal letters from Leonard Ravenhill.  The first was apparently written after we had crossed over to Germany, so I added the year 1986. Through Ravenhill we got to know Elmer Klassen, who has quite recently joined Len in heaven. Elmer saw to the publishing of Revival God’s Way in German. He led the publishing of the Herald of His Coming in German and in at least ten other languages. One of my articles was published in that paper and Elmer also translated and printed another in tract form.

I still remember some of Ravenhill’s message at Wilkerson’s meeting, of which he speaks in the second letter. He said, “I am more hungry for God than I have been all my life.” Somewhere in that message, he mentioned that neither DW or he had ever been offered an honorary doctorate. He then turned to Wilkerson: “If I ever get one you and I will get together to celebrate. Oh no, we can’t,” he quipped, “you don’t drink tea!”

4. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's personal letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's personal letters, number 4

Rare are the opportunities in this generation to hear from a man who steps out of the presence of God into the pulpit. Ravenhill spent many hours every day in prayer and spoke fearlessly the words that he heard from God. Many loved him and just as many hated him... perhaps more! It is one of the signs of a true prophet.

Margaret heard Ravenhill speak many times during the chapel hour at Bethany Fellowship, as well as in the regular church services. We went to hear him, when he preached anywhere near our home in Minnesota.
June: We expect David (Leonard and Martha's son) to be home about three weeks and I plan to get up there with him – and Martha. Thanks for praying for our two nights in Dallas. God descended. Many were broken before Him. To Him be all praise and glory. Pressed out of measure this week, but He giveth more grace… Memorial Day: We will be at Bethany this Sunday, June 1st. Paul speaking for 45 minutes before morning worship confirmations! I will speak at Soul’s Harbor at 10 a.m. and at Bethany evening service and communion! I’ll take my time. Pray we both will have a well-anointed message for each service. Hope you can come…

 June 16: Your presence in the meetings last Sunday in Minneapolis was a real encouragement to me. I feel sure, dear Lowell, that if you had been preaching you would have said the same things. At lunch with Gordy Peterson, he told us of your venture for Him in Germany. Praise Him. “We may trust Him fully, all for us to do. They who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true.” O for grace to trust Him more…