Voices of Wisdom 11/7/2014

Today’s [professing evangelical] church wants to be raptured from responsibility.
– Leonard Ravenhill

A popular evangelist reaches your emotions, but a true prophet reaches your conscience.
– Leonard Ravenhill

The last word of Jesus to the church in Revelation was, “Repent!”
– Leonard Ravenhill

If modern professing Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than are now being used. If the church in the second half of the 20th century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of leader. The proper, “ruler-of-the-synagogue” type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay, and asks no questions; nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found lacking. Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray that there will be not one but many of them), he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear.
– A. W. Tozer

Someone must undertake the ungracious task of probing and laying bare the evils of the age. Men must not be allowed to congratulate themselves that all is well. If others will not, he will. If others shrink from such work, he will not. He loves his nation and his fellow-men too much. Others may upbraid him and call him a prophet of evil, and ascribe his warnings to the worst of motives, such as pride, arrogance, malice or envy, but he will give no heed to these unjust insinuations. He will prefer being misunderstood and maligned rather than allow men to proceed toward a ruin which they do not see. Rather than see others perish, he will allow his own good name to be spoken against. He will risk everything, even the hatred of men, rather than withhold the warning.
– Horatius Bonar

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