Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

Very little biographical information is available for Leonard Ravenhill. He rarely spoke of himself which is likely a reflection of his belief in exalting Christ and not self. Most of what we know about Ravenhill is from sources that knew him and the details he provided in sermons. He was an evangelist born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England in 1907 and was used by God in revivals in Great Britain before moving to American in 1950. Leonard Ravenhill was known for his focus on revival and his writing on the subject including the popular title, Why Revival Tarries.
Ravenhill preached in churches of many denominations, but was not ordained by any. His preaching is marked by calling sinners to repentance, insisting Christians live lives marked by holiness, and encouraging deeper prayer lives. Ravenhill claims to have been saved at age 14, but says he was baptized by the Holy Spirit at age 18 indicating belief in a Pentecostal system. However, Ravenhill also said he never spoke in tongues and said that baptism of the Holy Spirit is the same thing Wesley called sanctification and also said the only evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is holy living. He rejected Christian Perfection, but preached a Wesleyan-Holiness higher Christian life theology. Ravenhill speaks of John Wesley frequently and wrote a biographical sketch of him. Wesley’s influence on Ravenhill is apparent.
Leonard Ravenhill was a mentor to Keith Green of Last Days Ministries based in Texas. Later in his life, Leonard moved to Texas close to Last Day Ministries where he led a weekly prayer meeting and taught classes before dying in November of 1994.


“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few prayers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world and make him holy, then put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“There are two kinds of people in the world – only two kinds. Not black or white, rich or poor, but those either dead in sin or dead to sin.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Preacher, keep your knees on the ground & your eyes on the throne.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“You can’t live wrong and pray right.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it legalism.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“One of these days some simple soul will pick up the book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“My goal is GOD HIMSELF. Not joy, not peace, not even blessing but HIMSELF…my GOD.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. The more joy you have in the Lord the less entertainment you need.”  ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“But you know if God should stamp eternity or even judgment on our eyeballs, or if you’d like on the fleshy table of our hearts I am quite convinced we’d be a very, very different tribe of people, God’s people, in the world today. We live too much in time, we’re too earth bound. We see as other men see, we think as other men think. We invest our time as the world invests it. We’re supposed to be a different breed of people. I believe that the church of Jesus Christ needs a new revelation of the majesty of God. We’re all going to stand one day, can you imagine it- at the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for the deeds done in the body. This is what- this is the King of kings, and He’s the Judge of judges, and it’s the Tribunal of tribunals, and there’s no court of appeal after it. The verdict is final.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“There are three persons living in each of us: the one we think we are, the one other people think we are, and the one God knows we are.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“LORD strengthen me where I am too weak and weaken me where I am too strong!” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Is the world crucified to you or does it fascinate you?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Satan fools and feigns, blows and bluffs, and we so often take his threats to heart and forget the “exceeding greatness of God’s power to us.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The Church right now has more fashion than passion, is more pathetic than prophetic, is more superficial than supernatural.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The apostles had no gold, but lots of glory. We have lots of gold, but no glory.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“If Thou canst do something with us and through us, then please, God, do something without us! Bypass us and take up a people who now know Thee not!” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The Christless cults and deity-dishonoring mushroom religions of this midnight hour tempt the Lord God. Will no one sound the alarm?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The evangelists today are very often prepared to be anything to anybody as long as they can get somebody to the altar for something. They glibly call out: ‘‘Who wants help? Who wants more power? Who wants a closer walk with God?’’ Such a sinning, repenting ‘‘easy believeism’’ dishonors the blood and prostitutes the altar. We must alter the altar, for the altar is a place to die on. Let those who will not pay this price leave it alone!” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Sodom, which had no Bible, no preachers, no tracts, no prayer meetings, no churches, perished. How then will America and England be spared from the wrath of the Almighty, think you? We have millions of Bibles, scores of thousands of churches, endless preachers – and yet what sin!” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“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.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Today God is bypassing men – not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks!” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“We are not Protestants any more – just ‘‘non-Catholics’’! Of what and of whom do we protest? Were we half as hot as we think we are, and a tenth as powerful as we say we are, our Christians would be baptized in blood, as well as in water and in fire.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Prayer does not condition God; prayer conditions us. Prayer does not win God to our view; it reveals God’s view to us.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Christianity today is so subnormal that if any Christian began to act like a normal New Testament Christian, he would be considered abnormal” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“It has been well said that there are only three classes of people in the world today: those who are afraid, those who do not know enough to be afraid, and those who know their Bibles.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The tragedy of this late hour is that we have too many dead men in the pulpits giving out too many dead sermons to too many dead people.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“At this grim hour, the world sleeps in the darkness, and the Church sleeps in the light” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.” ~Leonard Ravenhill


“Paul never glamorized the gospel! It is not success, but sacrifice! It’s not a glamorous gospel, but a bloody gospel, a gory gospel, and a sacrificial gospel! 5 minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more! Wept more, bled more, grieved more, loved more, prayed more, given more!” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“In revival, God is not concerned about filling empty churches, He is concerned about filling empty hearts.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Prayer is not an argument with God to persuade him to move things our way, but an exercise by which we are enabled by his Spirit to move ourselves his way.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Most Christians pray to be blessed. Few pray to be broken.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“You know, people say that today. “I am a saved sinner.” That is like saying you are a married bachelor. That is like saying you are an honest thief, or a pure harlot. you can’t be a saved sinner. You are either saved or you are a sinner. He came. “Thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall save his people from their sins.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Prayer is not a preparation for the battle; it is the battle!” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Five minutes after you die you’ll know how you should have lived.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them. How many times have you stood and sang, “Take my life and let it be” when you haven’t given Him one ounce?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“I’ve got the Father on my side, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and
2/3 of the angels. What do you think I’m going to do? Sit down and cry?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The Bible definitely is infallible, how else could it survive so many years of bad preaching?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“You know, we live in a day when we are more afraid of holiness than we are of sinfulness.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The self-sufficient does not pray, the self-satisfied will not pray, the self-righteous cannot pray. No man is greater than his prayer life.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Smart men walked on the moon, daring men walked on the ocean floor, but wise men walk with God.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“If you’re going to be a true Christian, I’ll tell you one thing amongst others: it’ll be a lonely life. It’s a narrow way and it becomes narrower and narrower and narrower.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Christ has not conquered my affections if He has to compete for my attention.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The sinner’s prayer has sent more people to Hell than all the bars in America.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“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’?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“You can have all of your doctrines right – yet still not have the presence of God.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“What are you going to do when you get to eternity, if you can’t stick in an hour with God down here?” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“To stand before men on behalf of God is one thing. To stand before God on behalf of men is something entirely different.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“It is much easier to wear a cross than to bear a cross.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was being stoned to death.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“You can’t develop character by reading books. You develop it from conflict.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“If there are a million roads into Hell, there’s not one road out.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“I have no faith in my faith. My faith is in the faithful God.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“I find it most intriguing to contemplate the fact that while men are considering what place to give Jesus Christ in history, He has already decided what place to give them in eternity.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Get rid of this bunkum about the ‘carnal Christian’. Forget it! If you’re carnal, you’re not saved.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“The self-righteous never apologize.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Christianity is not being weighed in the balance and found wanting. It’s being tried, found difficult and rejected.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“Everyone wants to be clothed but no one wants to be stripped.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill


“At any point in all of Eternity, we can say, ‘This is just the
beginning.’ How wonderful for those who are with Christ. How 
unimaginably dreadful for those who are not.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill