We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Sunday, August 16, 2015

We Need Unction

Brethren, we could well manage to be half as intellectual (of the modern pseudo kind) if we were twice as spiritual.  Preaching is a spiritual business.  A sermon born in the head reaches the head; a sermon born in the heart reaches the heart.  Under God, a spiritual preacher will produce spiritually minded people.  Unction is not a gentle dove beating her wings against the bars outside of the preacher’s soul; rather, she must be pursued and won.  Unction cannot be learned, only earned—by prayer.  Unction is God’s knighthood for the soldier-preacher who has wrestled in prayer and gained the victory.  Victory is not won in the pulpit by firing intellectual bullets or wisecracks, but in the prayer closet; it is won or lost before the preacher’s foot enters the pulpit.  Unction is like dynamite.  Unction comes not by the medium of the bishop’s hands, neither does it mildew when the preacher is cast into prison.  Unction will pierce and peculate; it will sweeten and soften.  When the hammer of logic and the fire of human zeal fail to open the stony heart, unction will succeed.

What a fever of a church building there is just now! Yet without unctionized preachers, these altars will never see anxious penitents.

Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries,  pg.20-21

1 comment:

ali said...

We need more like Leonard Ravenhill, but sadly I see none on the horizion. What I see is the anger of God building against a nation that has rejected Him. Rejected Him to their own destruction.!!!.