Leonard Ravenhill  
1907-1994
Leonard Ravenhill was a Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is best known for challenging the modern church and his most notable book is Why Revival Tarries.  He was a student of church history and an expert in the field of revival. His meetings during the war years drew large crowds in Britain, and as a result many converts devoted themselves to Christian ministry and the world's mission fields.  Through his teaching and books, Ravenhill addressed the disparities he perceived between the New Testament Church and the Church in his time and called for adherence to the principles of biblical revival.
 Quotes
If Jesus preached the same message minister's preach today, He would have never been crucified.
John the Baptist never performed any miracles. Yet, he was greater than any of the Old Testament prophets.
Today's church wants to be raptured from responsibility.
Some women will spend thirty minutes to an hour preparing for church externally (putting on special clothes and makeup, etc.). What would happen if we all spent the same amount of time preparing internally for church - with prayer and meditation?
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'?
How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don't even have the strength to turn off your TV?
The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.
Our seminaries today are turning out dead men.
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.
This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere.
A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience.
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 true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil.
If the church today had as many agonizers as she has advisers, we would have revival in a year!
John the Baptist and Elijah would last six weeks in the streets of a modern city. They would be cast into  a prison or mental home for judging sin and not muting the message.


Dwight Lyman Moody  

1837-1899

D. L. Moody was an American evangelist who founded the Northfield Schools in Massachusetts, Moody Church and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the Colportage Association.  As a young man, he spent his evenings in missionary work among the lowly and destitute of the city. This work grew to such proportions that he was induced to give up his profitable business engagements and to devote all his time to religious work in connection with the local Young Men's Christian Association of which he became president.
He soon became known as one of the most acceptable public speakers of the country, and was in constant demand at Christian conventions throughout the West and South.  Mr. Moody is supposed to have spoken to more people, and addressed larger audiences than any man of his generation. D. L. Moody was undoubtedly one of the greatest evangelists of all time. The meetings held by Moody and Sankey were among the greatest the world has ever known. They were the means under God of arousing the church to new life and activity, and were the means of sweeping tens of thousands of persons into the kingdom of God.
Quotes
Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.
God doesn't seek for golden vessels, and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones.
The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.
There are three kinds of faith in Christ: 1. Struggling faith, like a man in deep water desperately swimming. 2. Clinging faith, like a man hanging to the side of a boat. 3. Resting faith, like a man safely within the boat (and able to reach out with a hand to help someone else get in).
Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it.
The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.
I cannot preach on hell unless I preach with tears.
I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.
 Sin will keep you from this Book or this Book will keep you from sin.
If there be no hell, let us burn our bibles. 

Charles Spurgeon 

1834-1892

 Charles Haddon Spurgeon was an English Baptist pastor and writer. He still remains influential among Christians and still known as the "Prince of Preachers."  He was converted to Christ at the age of 16 and immediately began preaching. He preached in the streets and in the fields before he was 21. In his first church, he began with 100 members. It grew until he was preaching to 10,000 people in the Surrey Music Hall. His church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, seated 6,000 people. He withdrew from every movement among English Baptists which tended to criticize the Authorized Version 1611 in any way.         Before his death, he published more than 2,000 sermons and 49 volumes of commentaries, sayings, anecdotes, illustrations, and devotions.
Quotes
Free grace can go into the gutter, and bring up a jewel!
Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.
Feel for others - in your pocket.
Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.
Concerning homosexuality: This once brought hell out of heaven on Sodom.
The hell of hells will be the thought that is forever. The soul sees written over its head, "You are damned forever." It hears howlings that are to be perpetual; it sees flames which are unquenchable; it knows pains that are unmitigated.
You are hanging over the mouth of hell by a single thread, and that thread is breaking. Only a gasp for breath, only a stopping of the heart for a single moment, and you will be in an eternal world, without God, without hope, without forgiveness. Oh, can you face it?
Your damnation is your own election, not God's.
Be dogmatically true, obstinately holy, immovably honest, desperately kind, fixed upright.
If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in.
The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the devil. The preaching of Christ is the thunderbolt, the sound of which makes all hell shake.
Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace.
We cannot always trace God's hand, but we can always trust God's heart.
You will find all true theology summed up in these two short sentences: Salvation is all of the grace of God. Damnation is all of the will of man.
"Upon no sermon I have ever preached, though God knows I have preached my very soul out, am I able to look back without a measure of shame and confusion of face."
"I wish that I knew how to preach. I have tried to do so for thirty years or so, but I am only now beginning to learn the art." 
"I rejoice that Jesus forgives the sins of my sermons" 
"If preaching is not a supernatural exercise, it is a useless procedure." 
"Ministers who do not aim to cut deep are not worth their salt. God never sent the man who never troubles men’s consciences. Such a man may be an ass treading down the corn, but a reaper he is certainly not." 
"My motto is cedo nulli—I yield to none. I have not courted any man’s love; I asked no man to attend my ministry; I preach what I like, and when I like, and as I like."  
"Take care, O preacher, that you do not blunt the word, or try to cover over its edge; for that would be treason to the Lord who made it to be sharp and cutting. There is much about the true gospel which offends, and it should be our desire never to tamper with it, or tone it down, lest we become enemies to the Lord’s truth. Truth which is meant to offend human pride must be stated in its own way, even though seen to produce anger, and annoy self-right-eousness. Doctrine which is cutting and killing must not be concealed or softened down."
O Church of England! May God bless thee with ministers who will sooner come forth to poverty and shame than pervert or assist in perverting the Word of God. 
Pardon takes away our filth, but then it leaves us naked; justification puts a royal robe upon us.

George Whitefield 

1714-1770

George Whitefield also known as George Whitfield, was an Anglican itinerant minister who helped spread the Great Awakening in Great Britain and, especially, in the British North American colonies. He was a very influential figure in the establishment of Methodism. He was famous for his preaching in America which was a significant part of an 18th century movement of Christian revivals, sometimes called "The Great Awakening." 
       
While explicitly affirming God's sole agency in salvation, Whitefield would freely offer the Gospel, saying near the end of most of his published sermons something like: "Come poor, lost, undone sinner, come just as you are to Christ." He died in the parsonage of Old South Presbyterian Church, Newburyport, Massachusetts on September 30, 1770. He was buried, according to his wishes, in a crypt under the pulpit of this church.
Quotes
It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.
The reason why congregations have been so dead is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?
Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ, is preached in most of our churches.
Other men may preach the gospel better than I, but no man can preach a better gospel.
God forbid that I should travel with anybody a quarter of an hour without speaking of Christ to them.
What! Get to heaven on your own strength? Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!
Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death.

A.W. Tozer 

1897-1963 

Aiden Wilson Tozer was born April 21, 1897 on a small farm in Western Pennsylvania, the third of six children. And although he would inspire millions with his preaching and writing, he was given very little education during his childhood. 
       
A. W. Tozer was 66 when he died of a heart attack on May 12, 1963. Buried in a small cemetery in Akron, his tombstone simply and appropriately reads, "A Man of God." He left behind many books that continue to give Christians encouragement and guidance. His writings are as fresh today as when he was alive. His honest and colloquial humor has been known to sweep up congregations in gales of laughter. And his wisdom has left them silent and stunned. For almost 50 years Tozer walked with God, and even though he is gone, he continues to minister to those who are eager to experience God.
Quotes
Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.
If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.
The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God... Our religion is weak because our God is weak... Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.
Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them.
The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.
It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God.
We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.
We need a baptism of clear seeing. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist--Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation. And if they do come we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy.
A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.
If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.
The God of the modern evangelical rarely astonishes anybody. He manages to stay pretty much with the constitution. Never break our by-laws. He's a very well-behaved God and very denominational and very much like one of us...we ask Him to help us when we're in trouble and look to Him to watch over us when we're asleep. The God of the modern evangelical isn't a God I could have much respect for.
It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation.
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.
The man with a cross no longer controls his destiny; he lost control when he picked up his cross. That cross immediately became to him an all-absorbing interest, an overwhelming interference. No matter what he may desire to do, there is but one thing he can do; that is, move on toward the place of crucifixion.
Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late - and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work.
We have become so engrossed in the work of the Lord that we have forgotten the Lord of the work.
The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God's wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.
I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. To great sections of the church, the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the "program." This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the public service which now passes for worship among us.
We're here to be worshippers first and workers only second. We take a convert and immediately make a worker out of him. God never meant it to be so. God meant that a convert should learn to be a worshiper, and after that he can learn to be a worker...The work done by a worshiper will have eternity in it. 

Thomas Watson 

1620-1686 

Thomas Watson was an English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher and author.  He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen year pastorate at St. Stephen's, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love's plot to recall Charles II of England.  He was released on 30 June 1652, and was formally reinstated as vicar of St. Stephen's Walbrook.
He obtained great fame and popularity as a preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for nonconformity. Not withstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a license to preach at the great hall in Crosby House. After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret. He was buried on 28 July 1686.
Quotes
Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise.
What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath.
How many souls have been blown into hell with the wind of popular applause?
The torments of hell abide for ever... If all the earth and sea were sand, and every thousandth year a bird should come, and take away one grain of this sand, it would be a long time ere that vast heap of sand were emptied; yet, if after all that time the damned may come out of hell, there were some hope; but this word EVER breaks the heart.
A wicked man in prayer may lift up his hands, but he cannot lift up his face.
Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell.
In true repentance the heart points directly to God as the needle to the North Pole.
The pleasure of sin is soon gone, but the sting remains.
Sin has the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages.
The godly have some good in them, therefore the devil afflicts them; and some evil in them, therefore God afflicts them.
God loves a broken heart, not a divided heart. 
A sick-bed often teaches more than a sermon.
Depravity--If a wicked man could be fetched out of hell and brought back into a capacity of mercy, yet he would in a second life follow his lusts and sin himself into hell again.
Forgiveness--"He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea" ( Mic. 7:9). Sin shall not be cast in like a cork which rises up again, but like lead which sinks to the bottom.
The heart and sin are like two lovers who cannot endure to be parted.
A hard heart is the anvil on which the hammer of God's justice will be striking to all eternity.
Every sin is a drop of oil upon hell's flame.
The wicked man shall drink a sea of wrath , but never sip one drop of injustice.
Lying--Tough the bread of falsehood is sweet (Prov. 20:17), yet many vomit up their sweet morsel in hell.
The reason why so many prayers suffer shipwreck is because they split against the rock of unbelief.
Zeal in a minister is as proper as fire on the altar. Some are afraid to reprove, like the swordfish which has a sword in his head but is without heart. So they carry the sword of the Spirit about them, but have no heart to draw it out in reproof of sin. How many have sown pillows under the people(Ezek. 13:18), making them sleep so securely that they never woke till they were in hell!
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost, our tongues must be the organs in these temples.
The sins of the wicked pierce Christ's side. The sins of the godly go to His heart.
As in one volume there may be many works bound up, so there may be many sins in one sin.

E.M. Bounds 

1835-1913 

Edward McKendree Bounds was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and author of eleven books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer.  Although apprenticed as an attorney, Bounds felt called to Christian ministry in his early twenties during the Third Great Awakening. Following a brush arbor revival meeting led by Evangelist Smith Thomas, he closed his law office and moved to Palmyra, Missouri to enroll in the Centenary Seminary. Two years later, in 1859 at the age of 24, he was ordained by his denomination and was named pastor of the nearby Monticello, Missouri Methodist Church.   
He became a chaplain in the Confederate States Army (3rd Missouri Infantry CSA) During the First Battle of Franklin, Bounds suffered a severe forehead injury from a Union saber, and he was taken prisoner. On June 28, 1865, Bounds was among Confederate prisoners who were released upon the taking of an oath of loyalty to the United States.   According to people who were constantly with him, in prayer and preaching, for eight years "Not a foolish word did we ever hear him utter. He was one of the most intense eagles of God that ever penetrated the spiritual ether."
Quotes
Men are God's method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.
Straight praying is never born of crooked conduct.
To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God's work, and man's best labor.
Prayer puts God's work in his hands-and keeps it there.
Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.
What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer.
That man is the most immortal who has done the most and the best praying. They are God heroes, God's saints, God's servants, God's vicegerents.
The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death. The church upon its knees would bring heaven upon the earth.
 

J.C. Ryle 

1816-1900

John Charles Ryle was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. Ryle was a strong supporter of the evangelical school and a critic of Ritualism. Among his longer works are Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century (1869), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (7 vols, 1856-69), Principles for Churchmen (1884). 
       
Thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his principles, J.C. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, and faithful pastor. 
       
In his diocese, he exercised a vigorous and straightforward preaching ministry, and was a faithful pastor to his clergy, exercising particular care over ordination retreats. He formed a clergy pension fund for his diocese and built over forty churches. Despite criticism, he put raising clergy salaries ahead of building a cathedral for his new diocese. 
       
Ryle combined his commanding presence and vigorous advocacy of his principles with graciousness and warmth in his personal relations. Vast numbers of working men and women attended his special preaching meetings, and many became Christians.
Quotes
Backsliding, generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.
We should no more tolerate false doctrine that we would tolerate sin.
The beginning of the way to heaven, is to feel that we are on the way to hell.
Disbelieve hell, and you unscrew, unsettle, and unpin everything in Scripture.
If I never spoke of hell, I should think I had kept back something that was profitable, and should look on myself as an accomplice of the devil.
The saddest road to hell is the one that runs under the pulpit, past the Bible, and through the middle of warnings and invitations.
To say that reunion with Rome would be an insult to our martyred Reformers is a very light thing; it is far more than this: it would be sin and an offense against God!
You were placed here to train for eternity. Your body was only intended to be a house for your immortal spirit. It is flying in the face of God's purposes to do as many do - to make the soul a servant to the body, and not the body a servant to the soul.
We corrupt the Word of God most dangerously, when we throw any doubt on the plenary inspiration of any part of Holy Scripture.
Christ is never fully valued, until sin is clearly seen. We must know the depth and malignity of our disease, in order to appreciate the great Physician.
Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book.
It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, "Let us make man". It was the whole Trinity again, which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say, "Let us save man".
Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace.
To maintain pure truth in the church, we should be ready to make any sacrifice, to hazard peace, to risk dissention and run the chance of division.
Unity without the gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of hell.
There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough - a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice - which costs nothing, and is worth nothing.

William Gurnall 

1616-1679 


       
William Gurnall was educated at the free grammar school of his native town, and in 1631 was nominated to the Lynn scholarship in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1635 and MA in 1639. He was made rector of Lavenham in Suffolk in 1644; and before he received that appointment he seems to have officiated, perhaps as curate, at Sudbury. 
       
Gurnall is known by his Christian in Complete Armour, published in three volumes, dated 1655, 1658 and 1662. It consists of sermons or lectures delivered by the author in the course of his regular ministry, in a consecutive course on Ephesians 6:10-20. Comment, or recommendation, is perhaps needless in speaking of Gurnall's great work.

Quotes
Least doers are the greatest boasters.
Christ will bear no equal, and Satan no superior; and therefore, hold in with both thou canst not.
He cannot be a bold reprover, that is not a conscientious liver; such a one must speak softly, for fear of waking his own guilty conscience.
The Christian must trust in a withdrawing God.
None sink so far into hell as those that come nearest heaven, because they fall from the greatest heights.
Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin.
Satan cannot deny but that great wonders have been wrought by prayer. As the spirit of prayer goes up, so his kingdom goes down. Satan's strategems against prayer are three. First, if he can, he will keep thee from prayer. If that be not feasible, secondly, he will strive to interrupt thee in prayer. And, thirdly, if that plot takes not, he will labour to hinder the success of thy prayer.
Cease to pray and thou will begin to sin. Prayer is not only a means to prevail for mercy but also to prevent sin.
A minister, without boldness, is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel that is afraid to let off his gun. If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.
Unholiness in a preacher's life will either stop his mouth from reproving, or the people's ears from receiving.
Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.
God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill.
We are bid to take, not to make our cross.
The sins of teachers are the teachers of sin. 
 
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