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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.

Sept. 9: How we all need new revelations of mysteries hidden through the ages! Who grieves for the affliction of Joseph? Who walks down Main St., as did St. Paul in Athens, stirred – or in anger at the costly edifices erected to dead, dumb deities? You will be moved I believe when you read Dave Hunt’s book, ‘The Seduction of Christianity’. While men slept, the enemy climbed the fence and sowed tares. Exactly what Lucifer has done, while they boast of the costly churches they are building. Glad to hear of the blessing and solemnity in your meetings. Soberness is little known in gospel meeting these days. Woe to the false shepherds! Do you wonder that prophets were stoned and cast out of communities – for telling the truth, which exposed the lies of the false prophets? A major Christian magazine has a title in it, ‘How to Become a Leader in the Church’. I suggest this answer - 10 days in the UPPER ROOM!

I don’t remember what I wrote Ravenhill about The Seduction of Christianity; I do remember that I recommended it widely. In the following letter, he talks about how readily people will go to hear someone with some kind of a sensational “gift”, but have little interest in a burning exposition of biblical truth.

April 26: A very blessed Resurrection Day to you. I think your letter on Dave Hunt’s book is great. I hear it is not a best seller of Christian books in the nation. We pray with you about your moving to Germany. There’s a man with a word of knowledge 100 miles away, so there is a rush to hear him. There is a man with the word of God burning in him and through him – 100 yards away, but who wants to hear him?  I’m convinced that a holy life is not for a chosen few- but for a few who have chosen the holy way… submission and obedience to the known will of God….


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