What a man Leonard Ravenhill was. He inspired Ravi Zacharias, Paul Washer, Charles Stanley, David Wilkerson and many more. His preaching led many to Christ during WWII. His main theme was how backslidden the Church is today in comparison with the New Testament church... Something of which I agree wholeheartedly.
Here's a few of his great quotes from his books and sermons:
The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the Church has lost her power to weep over it.
Many of us are hunting mice - while lions devour the land.
Is the world crucified to you tonight? Or does it fascinate you?
Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, 'Leonard, you took Me too seriously'?
"A sinning man stops praying, a praying man stops sinning"
When there's something in the Bible that churches don't like, they call it 'legalism.'
"If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified."
"Entertainment is the devil's substitute for joy"
"The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising."
Our God is a consuming fire. He consumes pride, lust, materialism, and other sin.
Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great deterrent.
Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?
To be much for God, we must be much with God. Jesus, that lone figure in the wilderness, knew strong crying, along with tears. Can one be moved with compassion and not know tears? Jeremiah was a sobbing saint. Jesus wept! So did Paul. So did John. Though there are some tearful intercessors behind the scenes, I grant you that to our modern Christianity, praying is foreign.
You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there's a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.
The Bible is either absolute, or it's obsolete.