Sometimes there are things you wished the speaker would have included in his message: but the reverse is true here. He spoke the truth concerning pastors and Christians in general. He said things we needed to hear not what we wanted to hear. God used him to blister my hide and as one preacher put it many years ago... if that doesn't set your heart on fire, your wood is wet.
Sometimes you need an author that will jolt you out of your spiritual lethargy. Leonard Ravenhill will never fail you at such a time. I'm thinking now of 2 of my favorite Ravenhill titles: "Why Revival Tarries" and "Sodom Had No Bible".
In "Why Revival Tarries" there are 20 chapters with a page of fantastic quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Imagine being a preacher as I am and being hit with:
"One does not need to be spiritual to preach, that is, to make and deliver sermons of homiletical perfection and exegetical exactitude...Preaching of the type mentioned affects men: prayer affects God. Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity."
That is paragraph two of chapter one--See what I mean! Or how about this:
"No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying."
Yes he is eminently quotable, likes a rhyme, yet is never corny. I could provide many other great quotes, but I am far too slow a typist to reproduce the entire book here. The answer to the question of why revival tarries has much, I came to see, to do with me.
Fantastic book. Leonard pulls no punches and gets to the heart of the matter where the church has failed and what we should be doing far more of.....praying! Church is not a building, it's not where we go, it's who we are and what we are for God. Please read, it will affect you! God bless.
You can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink. You can also remove a horse from a burning barn only to find that same horse run back to the place from which he was removed. Mr. Ravenhill's book,"Why Revival Tarries" serves as a directional device for the christian that will honestly admit that he or she has not surrendered all yet with humility is willing to learn. The answer to the question,"Why Revival Tarries" is answered throughout these pages. Fellow christian you will soon realize that you have been lead to water....enjoy!