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16. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters, number 16

Today, I will just post this one letter, but please absorb it! Here is a man, who believed and experienced a mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit. He saw that the Scripture taught no cessation of the powerful gifts of the Spirit in the ministry of the Church. Yet, he did not scratch the “charismatic itch” for sensationalism or place experience over the Word. He knew that the explosion of physical manifestations in our time was not true revival and that success and popularity was not a proof of godliness. Len was content just to please God and to give people a word from heaven, but, as always, ‘from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias’, this was done at great personal cost.   

Jan 25: So good to get your letter just now. Thanks. My neighbor is all lit up about J. D. book. I am glad for your evaluation of it. One perceptive brother told me J.D. interpretation of scripture has been the nerve of YWAM.

All these 21 ministries in the area boycott me, because I will not minister with Charismatics. The popular interpretation of John 17 is He prayed that we all might be one. Was Jesus one with Pharisees and Sadducees? Did Jesus kiss Judas? The ones, which thou hast given me – they have kept thy word. Have the Romanists kept His word? Is Mary co-redemptive with Jesus? Not according to the glorious verse in Hebrews 1:3, “By Himself purged our sins.” Last week 3 different persons unknown to each other told us the Bush era will be one of pain and darkness and that a worse plague of sex-scandal in ministries will be uncovered. I am cancelling all preaching this year, except maybe to a country church and one house fellowship. This will hurt Paul and David most, since we go 50/50 with them. But this book on Judgment Seat must be done – priority. It is the kind of book to write on how to lose friends and irritate people. Evangelists raise money. Prophetic-type ministry raises hell!

It is so good to read of your family’s outreach. A man came to see me last week… 25 years ago he was up at the top with Oral Roberts and Branham. He ‘saw’ where big time healing was going and pulled away from it. He has been almost totally hidden for 25 years…


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