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20. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters, number 20

Here Len Ravenhill begins by referring to a message given by his son. He was always concerned about the atmosphere in the meetings. He complained if there was a lot of conversation before they began. “It sounds like a cattle market,” he said. Woe to the person who dared to talk, while he preached. I vividly remember how he stopped to reprimand a whisperer at Spiritual Life Week in a Bible college near our home: “When I’m preaching, you don’t talk! I don’t care if you’re the son of the dean. I don’t fast and pray for my messages, so that people can converse, when I’m giving them.” For Len, there was only one way to conduct a meeting and that was under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He abhorred the manipulations of men and the subtle manifestations of the flesh. If leaders did not know how to move in the Spirit, they had no business in the ministry. No wonder, then, that he wasn’t popular with the 90%, who didn’t have a clue of what it meant to minister by the Spirit of God.

He spoke much of William Booth and the great awakening that came through the Salvation Army. That was a move of the Spirit and Len reveled in it. He also thought much of Mrs. Booth and, as you can see, almost insisted that we obtain her writings… which we did.

May 11: Yesterday, David spoke on the cross and was great. Again a zealous brother spoiled the altar call. Flesh will assert itself through the preachers.

Just to let you know there is a limited edition of all the writings of Mrs. William Booth. I wish you could get their phone number and get a set – never before printed as a set and maybe never will be printed again: Salvation Army Publications…

Can you imagine what it is like to open an envelope and read lines such as these in the second paragraph?

August 29: I hope you ordered Mrs. Booth’s writings. Here is a set you must have to take to Germany. Deep, soul-stirring, heart-warming truths.

Yes, He is coming soon to catch almost all the virgins asleep, coming in unspeakable glory, terrifying majesty and indescribable holiness. Let us not be ashamed at His appearing. We love you and pray for you. He that hath this hope in Him purifieth Himself even as He is pure. No deceit, no known duplicity, no hidden things.


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