Inside Out 87: In Light of Eternity

05.20.11 | Kurt Goff

Has there arisen a generation that knows not Leonard Ravenhill? This dedicated servant of Christ was used to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. His fiery messages are what he’s most remembered for. Those one liners that were like bullets fired from the pulpit and aimed right at the heart.

  • “Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live!”
  • “I'm sick and tired of (only) reading about church history; let's make (some) by the grace of God!”
  • “I believe every church is either supernatural or superficial. I don't believe there's any middle ground.”
  • “Do you go to church to meet God or to hear a sermon about Him?”
  • “If Jesus preached the same message many ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.”
  • “Prayer is pre-occupation with our needs; Praise is pre-occupation with our blessing; Worship is pre-occupation with God Himself.”
  • “Partial obedience is disobedience!”
  • “You can't say, ‘Christ is all I need," until Christ is all you have.’”

Wow. How did people react to his ministry? You either loved him or hated him.

I’ve included come clips of a few more “bullets” in my podcast featuring Leonard’s biographer Mack Tomlinson. His book In Light of Eternity is one of the best Christian biographies I’ve read this year. It will challenge you. Convict you. Inspire you. And God willing bring you to your knees before the Lord of Glory. Leonard Ravenhill would have it no other way.

Check out the book.


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 05.20.11 Deb Gehret commented

I can't wait to read this... what I've heard is wonderful and refreshing in a world where we sometimes tend to sacrifice God's Holiness on the altar of God's Love and Mercy.
A.W. Tozer well addresses this in his book 'The Knowledge of The Holy", which is referenced in this podcast. The Gospel itself is offensive as it brings us face to face with our need for a savior. We cannot do anything to save ourselves and are dependent on the mercy of Christ. When we come to a point where our hunger and thirst for the Truth of the Living God, in His entirety for who He is rather than what we make Him out to be or who we (or the world) want him to be, then we can enter in to a life of true worship of the One who is worthy.

on 05.20.11 Robert Burnham commented

Ravenhill's book, Why Revival Tarries, was required reading when I attended Bethany Fellowship Missionary Training Center in Mpls, MN , where He was an evangelist for them for a while.
He also spoke at Odosagih Bible Conference back in the early 60's.

on 05.21.11 Tim Barnett commented

I recently used his video clips both live and quotes in a series of messages. Why Revival Tarries is one of the three books other than my Bible with worn pages. Leonard was a "prophet" in that He spoke God's heart to God's people from God's Word. Lately I've been praying God send us another "Leonard Ravenhill" more specifically, send a Leonard Ravenhill into my life.

on 06.13.11 Mike Wright commented

This book was phenomenal. I feel it did great justice to Leonard Ravenhill's life and ministry. He was a rare man, one sent from God, and I feel that this is a book that we should all read, for his ministry was one of God's gifts to His church.

on 06.22.11 Becky commented

Just in time reference. I continue to pray for revival in myself, my family, our church, our city, county, state, nation, the world.




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