Review of Leonard Ravenhill’s “Why Revival Tarries” – John Boruff

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“Unction is God’s knighthood for the soldier-preacher who has wrestled in prayer and gained the victory” (p. 18). This really sums up the message of Ravenhill’s signature classic Why Revival Tarries. That is, the Holy Spirit will fill the man who strives against his lazy flesh and fights his way through hours of intercession for lost souls. The school of thought that he is coming from is that of E. M. Bounds, as expressed in his Power Through Prayer. Its also evident that William Booth was a huge hero to Ravenhill, who’s spiritual influence stood in a fairly close proximity to his family while growing up in early Salvation Army meetings in England. This was a military type of approach to Christian spirituality; and it seems fitting that Ravenhill served as a chaplain for a while, when Teen Challenge was just starting out, offering a firm sense of discipline to gang members and drug addicts. Ravenhill’s brand of spirituality was one that required toughness and discipline; a manly “get on your knees and pray it through!” attitude. Smith Wigglesworth, with his curt, gruff expressions, often had the same approach towards sin and the flesh.

While he hops around a lot on the nature of revival, it is clear that more than anything, Why Revival Tarries is a book about intercessory prayer. He asks the reader with the title, “Why does revival tarry or delay from coming?” Eventually his answer is, “Revival delays because prayer decays” (p. 83). By the word prayer, he usually means one thing: solitary, fervent, holy intercessory prayer for lost souls to be saved–the prayer of an evangelist (p. 16). He saw Jonathan Edwards’ The Life and Diary of David Brainerd, as the perfect biography of a missionary, whom had exemplified the prayer life that Ravenhill is preaching about in this book. What Ravenhill was aiming at by topics and chapters, David Brainerd’s life story had already fleshed out by application (pp. 84-86). Ravenhill does not really preach about contemplative prayer, although he hints at it in Tried and Transfigured, even quoting from Evelyn Underhill’s The Mystic Way. Ravenhill fixates on private intercessory prayer for lost souls to be saved from sin and Hell. He was not at all like Richard J. Foster, who enumerates 21 different ways of praying in his book on Prayer. Ravenhill was really serious about PRAYING, PRAYER, and PRAYER WARRIORS or intercessors. To him there was really only one kind of prayer: INTERCESSION and only INTERCESSION that was Spirit-led, Spirit-filled, and FILLED WITH GRIEF OVER THE POWER OF SIN IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES. You could call it prophetic intercession: the prayer of a prophet, a go-between, a Christlike man to stand in the gap between God and lost sinners, an intercessor, a pastor, and an evangelist; a man who prays fervently, and seriously, and sorrowfully for the souls he is going to preach the true Biblical Gospel to in the next 24 hours. He sees demons attacking them, he sees emaciated spiritual beggars, he sees these poor people just hanging by a thread over the fire of Hell. To take prayer in this direction, accented by burden bearing, travailing (laboring), and genuine sorrow producing crying, weeping, and tears, is to GET ON THE CROSS and experience UNION WITH JESUS IN HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION. Thereby embodying the very principle of salvation within oneself, and becoming a REVIVALIST, a carrier of the spirit of salvation, a power that is built up in private prayer, and then publicly released by evangelistic sermons, and sparking revivals.

My personal experience with reading this book during a time of spiritual dryness was one of personal revival. I had truly supernatural moments where I was filled and led by the Holy Spirit to pray for others to be delivered from sin and demons, with genuine grief and feeling. I believe Why Revival Tarries is an inspired book, in a non-canonical kind of way, not on the level of the Bible; but a book that was just bathed in the spirit of prayer and the Holy Ghost. Its hard to read it and not be spiritually affected in a good way. There are not many Christian books I can say that about; books that made me feel God’s presence or made me see angelic lights while reading them. Books that have really increased my faith in God. I can only put a few in this category: Kenneth J. Collins’ Wesley on Salvation, Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, Martin Luther’s Commentary on Romans, A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, and Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God.

Leonard Ravenhill preached against sin and heresy. This will translate to a hatred of sin the more you muse on it; and the hatred of sin was a virtue to him. Hebrews 1:9: “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.” If he hated sin while he prayed, to be sure he hated sin while he preached. To hate sin is to love God. To hate sin is to love mankind. To hate sin is to fear Hell and love Heaven. To hate all sin, and to shine a blazing light on its hideous ugliness, is to be a Biblical preacher. To most people today, Ravenhill’s sharp and denunciatory preaching against Catholicism’s idea of Mary as a mediatrix, cult members, antinomians (easy-believism people, p. 58), cessationists, dispensationalists, lukewarm fundamentalists, communists, universalists, greedy materialists, liberal theologians, agnostics, science-worshipping atheists, gamblers, drunkards, and the sexually immoral, would be considered “hate speech.” But for him it was just preaching the Gospel, preaching holiness, and preaching against sin. Preaching the doctrine of repentance: turning away from sin. The only real antidote to backsliding. As in ch. 4, he saw the task of a revivalist as one like Elijah or John the Baptist, ready to publicly preach against the false prophets of Baal and the Pharisees. The man was a demon hunter. This was his view of the ministry:

In the light of the judgment seat, we had better live six months with a volcanic heart, denouncing sin in places high and low and turning the nation from the power of Satan unto God (as John the Baptist did) rather than die loaded with ecclesiastical honors and theological degrees and be the laughing stock of Hell (p. 104).

God-gripped prophets of old had a sensitive awareness of the enormity and unpopularity of their task (p. 151).

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Arminian Comments on Romans 9 – Richard Baxter

Taken from Richard Baxter’s Paraphrase on the New Testament

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vv. 17-18: And that He giveth not his free mercies equally to all, is proved in His words to Pharaoh. As if He had said, I well foreknew all your sin and stubbornness, but I will serve the honor of My name by it all; for I have raised you, and made you king with this intent, to manifest My power in triumphing over all your rebellion, and to proclaim the fame of My works against you, through all the Earth. Therefore He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens.

v. 22: Shall man accuse God, because He resolves to show His punishing justice and power on those self-hardening, willful sinners, who made themselves vessels of wrath, and fitted to destruction, when He has in long patience and forbearance endured them, while they abused mercy?

v. 33: So that the cause why Israel is cast off, is not because God sent not His Son and Gospel to them, nor invited them to believe, nor gave them evidence of the truth of Christ, which was sufficient to convince a well-disposed mind; much less, because He hindered them from believing, or because He showed mercy to the Gentiles; but because by error THEY HARDENED THEMSELVES against Christ, as not answering their carnal erroneous expectations. For though God would glorify the riches of His grace by Jesus Christ, yet IT WAS NOT HIS WILL to reveal Him in such visible majesty and glory, as should of itself necessitate and FORCE MEN TO BELIEVE IN HIM: for then faith would have been no work of trial, nor fit for a reward, but such as the wicked and sensual might perform. But God would so reveal His Son, as that faith might have sufficient encouragement and help, and yet such difficulties as might make it proper to honest souls, and fit for a reward; so that those that will be biased by prejudice and worldly interest, will stumble and fall on the Rock which they should be built on; but to THEM THAT SINCERELY TRUST AND OBEY HIM, He might be the author of eternal salvation, and be the power and wisdom of God.

Annotations.

It is evident, that St. Paul is but proving and justifying God’s free mercy in calling the Gentiles, while He permitted the obstinate part of the Jews to cut off themselves by unbelief, and willfully rejecting Christ.

As to THE HARDENING OF PHARAOH AND OTHERS, it being agreed by all sober Christians, that God causes not sin, we need to debate it no further, whether the sense be, that He denies them softening converting grace when they have forfeited it by willful resistance, and so permits them to be hardened; or, whether it be, that He does those good and righteous acts which He knows they will be willfully hardened by, as occasions and objects: or both these.

Here is not the least hint, that God damns any, or decrees so to do, merely because He will do it, without any reason taken from their own deserts: or, that He makes some men sinners, or damns them, merely as the potter differentiates His vessels of clay: but only, that WHEN ALL HAVE DESERVED to be forsaken and condemned, and He gives common grace for their recovery to all, why He freely gives more, which shall be infallibly effectual, to some, rather than to others, when those some were no better than the rest.

WHOEVER TRULY REPENTS AND BELIEVES, may be sure of his justification; and it’s sinful to doubt of it on pretense that God may condemn whom He will, when He has told whom He will not condemn: and whoever is unregenerate and ungodly, may be sure he is unjustified, and unforgiven, and in a damnable state; for God hath assured us of this in His Word.

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Todd Bentley and Fresh Fire USA: A False Charismatic Movement – John Boruff

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.   
–Ephesians 5:11–


You must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler.
Do not even eat with such people.
–1 Corinthians 5:11–

In light of recent extremely negative findings about Todd Bentley and Rick Joyner, (underlined links can be clicked for further information,) I would like to present this list of ministers currently associated closely with their ministries, Fresh Fire USA and MorningStar Ministries, respectively. And for myself and other Pentecostals who want the “real thing,” to be wise to avoid them…

FRESH FIRE USA MINISTERS – taken from freshfireusa.com

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TODD BENTLEY (2019)

1. Todd Bentley
2. Pete Garza
3. Peter Garza
4. Travis Potts
5. Rick Joyner
6. Kevin Basconi
7. Doug Addison
8. Andrei Baicus
9. Timothy Snodgrass
10. Westley Roderick
11. Adam Thompson
12. Adrian Beale
13. Fiorello Giordano
14. Charlie Shamp
15. Alex Parkinson
16. Brad Elijah
17. Tito Caban
18. Kat Kerr
19. Robbie Dawkins

MORNINGSTAR MINISTRIES MINISTERS – taken from morningstarministries.org

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RICK JOYNER (2019)

1. Rick Joyner – greasy grace contradicting the Pastoral Epistles (1-2 Timothy and Titus).

2. David White – this MorningStar Ministries pastor took a stand against Bentley (he might be looking for a new ministry position):

A Response from David White on
the Revelations Surrounding Todd Bentley
Change Your Conduct or Change Your Name!
(Where Judgment Must and Will Begin)

Numerous leaders have written public statements, posted online video messages, tweeted, etc., regarding the exposure and subsequent response to the reports of sexual immorality committed by Todd Bentley.

R. Loren Sanford, Patricia King, Rick Cantor and others have done a great job helping the body of Christ deal with what again has shaken and brought shame and confusion to a large segment of the church. There is no doubt this has and will have world-wide implications. Once again we have discovered how the faith of some of the most impressionable has suffered and in some cases was overthrown because of unchallenged, unexposed and unrepentant sin among those who are called to live a life beyond reproach.

As mentioned Sunday, Stephen Powell had what he described as a “courts of heaven encounter” while he was with us in Moravian Falls at the beginning of June. In Stephen’s encounter he saw in a dream what Todd was currently facing and what was at stake. Almost immediately after his leaving, Stephen began to be approached by some whose lives and faith had been shaken by their personal experiences involving Todd Bentley. It was obvious God had given Stephen a mission.

Expressing great concern and grief for the ones whose faith had been overthrown, (by those in leadership) who had (themselves) strayed concerning the truth, the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit declared, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His’ and, ‘let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’ (2 Tim 2:19). In other words the Lord was saying then and He is saying to those in leadership and of influence in the church today to “change your conduct, or change your name!” Someone’s character and personal integrity is far more important to God than his or her gifting, popularity and position.

I have mentioned before about a young man named William I believe has an amazing calling on his life. He currently lives in Bogota, Colombia but believes God is leading him and his wife to one day move to Moravian Falls. He is a powerful and anointed young preacher who is not afraid to sound the alarm calling those who say they believe in Jesus to a life of purity and holiness. He is one of my spiritual sons and one of many young men, like Stephen Powell and others, God is raising up to shake nations as well as the status quo in this hour.

I want to share a dream William recently sent to me. It is a wakeup call to all of us, but especially to those in positions of leadership in the church at large. It is a further reminder that Jesus is not coming for a bride in bed with the world, but one that has made herself ready and is without spot or wrinkle. Additionally the dream confirms how we should remember how Numbers 32:23 confirms that all of us can “be sure your sin will find you out.” It is much better our sins be found out, confronted, exposed and dealt with (full repentance) now in this life than at the judgment to come. Judgment beginning in the house of God can actually be redemptive if responded to correctly. In Todd Bentley’s case, it is a testimony of God’s love for him and can literally save him from eternal destruction.

“Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves (covers up or excuses) and practices (participates in) a lie” (Rev 22:14-15).

William’s Dream:

During a dream on August 9th, 2017, I saw a huge stadium with millions of people. The seats were divided into areas and every single seat was reserved but one specific area. This area caught my attention because it was empty and dirty. In the dream, I proceeded to ask the Father why that area was empty. He replied, “THOSE SEATS WERE FOR MY MESSENGERS, BUT THEY ARE NOT HERE.” I started to cry and weep while a great burden was released within me. Then God said the following, “THEY SPOKE WORDS I NEVER SAID, THEY PREACHED ABOUT HOLINESS AND REPENTANCE WHILE SINNING IN THEIR ROOMS. THEY ASKED ME TO SHOW UP BUT THEIR EYES WERE NOT PURE. THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING BUT THEY DID NOT REPENT. WILLIAM, BE HOLY AS I AM.” As soon as I heard this in the dream, I woke up just like (Daniel 10:8-9), I had no strength remaining and I fell on my knees with my face on the ground, asking God for forgiveness and cleansing.

If you missed the Gathering this past Sunday, I touched on some of what I believe the Scriptures teach about “Judgement in the House of God.” I hope this word, (see the link below), helps us understand and gives hope for what God is saying and doing in this hour.

As a pastor, and for further study and understanding, I encourage you to search the Scriptures on your own. Find out what God is saying to you through all that has and continues to transpire before the entire world. Read where the Bible refers to the workers He approves and those He disapproves. Look at 2 Timothy 2:14–3:9. We can no longer be more influenced by what Paul calls in this text, “idle babblings” or the rants of men than we are by the Word of God. God’s Word still has the answers to every question any generation will ever ask.

To watch the message in its entirety CLICK HERE!

Together in Him,

Pastor David

…BUT EVEN WITH ALL OF THIS, IT MAKES YOU WONDER HOW RICK JOYNER’S NON-JUDGMENTAL APPROACH TO ALLEGATIONS ABOUT TODD BENTLEY FOR YEARS HAS LED TO THIS OUTCOME. JUST TO BE SAFE, I WILL CONTINUE TO LIST RICK JOYNER’S MOST RECENT MINISTRY ASSOCIATIONS…

3. Tom Hardiman
4. Bobby Conner
5. Dave Yarnes
6. Lance Wallnau
7. Jerry Boykin
8. David Noland
9. Jennifer Heidel
10. Rafael Fidelis
11. Gary Keesee
12. Rick Eldridge
13. Rob Robinson
14. Leonard Jones
15. Marc Nuttle
16. Wellington Boone
17. David Vallier
18. Luke Laffin
19. Lou Engle
20. Daniel Kolenda

Once again, as in 2008, Patricia King has taken a stand against Todd Bentley’s ministry; and I can thank God for that.

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Why Do Christians Hate Theology? – John Boruff

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The Arminian Library: Books to Feed Your Spirit for Years to Come – John Boruff

1. The Works of John Wesley (Baker, 3rd ed, 1996)

2. The NIV Study Bible

3. The Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV)

4. Good News Bible: Today’s English Version (TEV) – hardcover

5. Martin Luther’s Commentary on Romans (Kregel, 1982)

6. Joseph Alleine’s A Sure Guide to Heaven (Banner of Truth, 1960)

7. Gordon Lindsay’s Commissioned with Power (Christ for the Nations, 2001)

8. Smith Wigglesworth: The Complete Collection (Whitaker, 2008)

9. Larry Christensen’s Speaking in Tongues (Bethany House, 1968)

10. Leonard Ravenhill, ed. A Treasury of Prayer (Bethany House, 1961)

11. —. Why Revival Tarries (Bethany House, 1979)

12. —. Meat for Men (Bethany House, 1979)

13. —. America is Too Young to Die (Bethany House, 1979)

14. —. Sodom Had No Bible (Bethany House, 1981)

15. —. Revival Praying (Bethany House, 1981)

16. —. Tried and Transfigured (Bethany House, 1982)

17. —. Revival God’s Way (Bethany House, 1986)

18. David Wilkerson’s The Vision (1973)

19. —. Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth (1985)

20. John Wesley, ed. A Christian Library

21. —, ed. The Nature of Revival (Bethany House, 1987)

22. John Wimber’s Power Evangelism

23. —. Power Healing

24. —. Power Encounters

25. —. Power Points

26. David Lewis’ Healing: Fiction, Fantasy, or Fact?

27. Win Worley’s Battling the Hosts of Hell: Diary of an Exorcist

28. Sam Storms’ The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts

29. Jeff Doles’ Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit (church history)

30. Stanley Burgess’ The Holy Spirit: Ancient Christian Traditions

31. —. The Holy Spirit: Medieval Roman Catholic and Reformation Traditions

32. —. Christian Peoples of the Spirit

33. —, ed. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements

34. Howard Carter’s Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation

35. —. Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts

36. Bernard McGinn, ed. The Foundations of Mysticism (1991)

37. —. The Growth of Mysticism (1994)

38. —. The Flowering of Mysticism (1998)

39. —. The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany (2005)

40. —. The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism (2013)

41. —. Mysticism in the Reformation (2017)

42. —. Mysticism in the Golden Age of Spain (2017)

43. Louis Bouyer, ed. A History of Christian Spirituality

44. Paul Basden’s Exploring the Worship Spectrum

45. J. C. Ryle’s Holiness

46. Ray Comfort’s The World’s Greatest Preachers (on open-air preaching)

47. Larry Martin’s The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

48. Carol Wimber’s John Wimber: The Way It Was

49. Samuel Waldron, ed. 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition

50. John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus

51. —. Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World

52. John Gerstner’s Jonathan Edwards: A Mini-Theology

53. Jonathan Edwards’ The Wrath of Almighty God (Hell sermons)

54. Johann Arndt’s True Christianity

55. Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God (Whitaker, 1982)

56. Paul Washer’s The Gospel’s Power and Message

57. Benedicta Ward’s The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

58. —. The Lives of the Desert Fathers

59. Palladius’ The Lausiac History

60. John Cassian’s The Conferences

61. —. The Institutes

62. Oliver Davies’ Celtic Spirituality. (Classics of Western Spirituality)

63. The Life of the Holy Hildegard

64. St. Gregory the Great’s Life and Miracles of St. Benedict

65. The Rule of St. Benedict (Penguin)

66. R. Douglas Geivett’s A New Apostolic Reformation?

67. Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias (Classics of Western Spirituality)

68. Jacobus de Voragine’s The Golden Legend

69. The Book of Common Prayer (Anglican / Wesley)

70. The Cloud of Unknowing

71. Stanley Frodsham’s With Signs Following

72. —. Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith

73. Five Views on Law and Gospel

74. Five Views on Sanctification

75. Walter Hilton: The Scale of Perfection (Classics of Western Spirituality)

76. Jordan Aumann’s Spiritual Theology

77. —. Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition

78. Wayne Grudem, ed. Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?

79. Jonathan Sarfati’s Refuting Evolution

80. Jonathan Wells’ Icons of Evolution

81. Steve Thompson’s You May All Prophesy

82. George Whitefield’s Journals (Banner of Truth, 1986) (open air preaching)

83. Daniel Jennings, ed. The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

84. Philip Schaff’s “Early Church Fathers” collection

85. Peter Wiseman, ed. Fletcher’s Checks to Antinomianism (Beacon Hill, 1953)

86. P. Marie-Eugene, ed. I Am a Daughter of the Church (mystical theology)

87. A. Poulain’s The Graces of Interior Prayer (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1950)

88. Harold Horton’s The Gifts of the Spirit

89. W. G. T. Shedd’s The Doctrine of Endless Punishment

90. Richard Baxter’s A Call to the Unconverted

91. —. Anger Management

92. James Nichols and W. R. Bagnall, trans. The Writings of James Arminius (3 vols)

93. Adomnan’s Life of St. Columba

94. Andrew Strom’s Why I Left the Prophetic Movement

95. Michael Hamilton, ed. The Charismatic Movement

96. Cecil Robeck’s Charismatic Experiences in History (Hendrickson, 1986)

97. One Volume New Testament Commentary (Wesley, Henry, Clarke)

98. Ronald A. N. Kydd’s Healing Through the Centuries

99. Donald Dayton’s Theological Roots of Pentecostalism

100. —, ed., Charles Finney, Reflections on Revival

101. Mike Bickle’s Growing in the Prophetic

102. Bill Wiese, 23 Minutes in Hell

103. —. Hell: Separate Truth from Fiction

104. George Offor, ed. The Works of John Bunyan (Banner of Truth, 3 vols)

105. The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: Selected Treatises (Hendrickson)

106. Thomas Watson’s The Ten Commandments

106. —. A Body of Divinity

108. Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (Classics of Western Spirituality)

109. Athanasius: The Life of Antony (Classics of Western Spirituality)

110. Bonaventure: The Life of St. Francis (Classics of Western Spirituality)

111. Archibald Alexander’s Thoughts on Religious Experience (Banner of Truth)

112. John Sherrill’s They Speak with Other Tongues

113. Gary Greig, ed. The Kingdom and the Power (charismatic theology)

114. John Howie’s The Scots Worthies (Banner of Truth)

115. Clarke’s Christian Theology (Schmul)

116. Albert Farges’ Mystical Phenomena Compared (hardcover)

117. Herbert Thurston’s The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism

118. Thomas Oden’s The Transforming Power of Grace

119. —. Pastoral Theology

120. —. John Wesley’s Scriptural Christianity

121. —. John Wesley’s Teachings (4 vols)

122. Wayne Grudem, ed. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

123. —. Systematic Theology (fire burned in my mouth when reading on gifts)

124. Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology (P&R Publishing, 3 vols)

125. John Loren Sandford’s The Elijah Task

126. —. Elijah Among Us

127. Craig Borlase’s William Seymour: A Biography

128. Francis MacNutt’s Healing

129. —. Deliverance from Evil Spirits

130. J. I. Packer’s A Quest for Godliness (Puritan spirituality)

131. —. Keep in Step with the Spirit

132. Henry Rack’s Reasonable Enthusiast (Wesley biography)

133. Margaret Poloma’s The Assemblies of God at the Crossroads (quenching gifts)

134. Randall Stephens’ The Devil’s Music (Christianity and rock music)

135. Norman Geisler’s When Critics Ask

136. Daniel Corner’s The Believer’s Conditional Security

137. W. T. Purkiser’s Security: The False and the True

138. Robert Shank’s Life in the Son

139. Joan Carroll Cruz’s Mysteries Marvels Miracles: In the Lives of the Saints

140. Louis Gifford Parkhurst, Jr., ed., Charles Finney, Principles of Revival

141. —. Principles of Salvation (Bethany House)

142. —. Principles of Devotion (Bethany House)

143. —. Principles of Sanctification (Bethany House)

144. —. Principles of Love (Bethany House)

145. —. Principles of Victory (Bethany House)

146. —. Principles of Holiness (Bethany House)

147. —. Principles of Liberty (Bethany House)

148. —. Principles of Union with Christ (Bethany House)

149. —. Principles of Prayer (Bethany House)

150. —. Principles of Christian Obedience (Bethany House)

151. —. Charles G. Finney’s Answers to Prayer (Bethany House)

152. Winkey Pratney, ed., Charles Finney, Crystal Christianity

153. Charles Finney’s Attributes of Love (Bethany Fellowship, 1963)

154. —. So Great Salvation (Kregel)

155. —. The Guilt of Sin (Kregel)

156. —. True and False Repentance (Kregel)

157. —. God’s Love for a Sinning World (Kregel)

158. —. Victory Over the World (Kregel)

159. —. True Saints (Kregel)

160. —. True Submission (Kregel)

161. Charles Finney’s Lectures on Systematic Theology (2 vols)

162. —, Garth M. Rosell, Richard Dupuis, The Memoirs of Charles G. Finney (1989)

163. —, William G. McLoughlin, Lectures on Revivals of Religion

164. Hambrick-Stowe, Charles G. Finney and the Spirit of American Evangelicalism

165. John Boruff’s The Gospel of Jesus Christ

166. Richard Steele’s The Religious Tradesman

167. Kathleen Walker MacArthur’s The Economic Ethics of John Wesley

168. Art Gish’s Beyond the Rat Race

169. Leland Ryken’s Worldly Saints (Puritan economics)

170. R. H. Tawney’s Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (Puritan economics)

171. Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Puritan)

172. A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God (Christian Publications, 1958, deer cover)

173. Philip Howard, ed. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd

174. Richard Ing’s Spiritual Warfare

175. Gabriele Amorth’s An Exorcist Tells His Story

176. Frank Hammond’s Pigs in the Parlor

177. John Flavel’s Sinful Speech

178. —. Impure Lust

179. Margaret J. Rinck’s Christian Men Who Hate Women (marital abuse)

180. Terry Mortenson, ed. Coming to Grips with Genesis

181. Mack Stokes’ The Holy Spirit in the Wesleyan Heritage

182. Richard Heitzenrater’s Wesley and the People Called Methodists

183. Cathy Truett’s It’s Easier to Succeed Than to Fail (Chick-fil-A growth)

184. Ira Milligan’s Understanding the Dreams You Dream

185. Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts

 

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Slavery: The Great Sin of the New England Puritans – John Boruff

Slavery: the great sin of the New England Puritans, and even Great Awakening preachers Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield! Totally contradicts the book of Exodus. It’s one thing if the government is forcing the institution of slavery, like the Romans did. It’s quite another for Christians, 1600 years after Jesus, to create the whole thing all over again. Ephesians 6:5 says that Christian slaves should respect their masters. This doesn’t mean the institution of slavery was “okay” with Paul. It’s a government issue, a political issue. Remember Moses had to take on the Egyptian GOVERNMENT to free the slaves. Paul’s objective wasn’t to be a social activist, but an evangelist. Wesley, commenting on Ephesians 6:5, reminds the English people, that after their time is up, the slaves are to be freed! See page 318 in William Wilberforce’s “Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade,” where he stated that it is not loving to one’s neighbor, and it is not showing respect to the interracial body of Christ, and it definitely does not honor the 7 year Jubilee to keep people in a continual state of slavery. The New England colonists should have seen this, despite Paul’s comments about the Roman slaves in the New Testament. What blackness, and darkness, and blindness, and shadows, and sin! What ignorance! Grief and insensitivity to the Holy Spirit!

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Ravi Zacharias: Now a Theistic Evolutionist! – John Boruff

https://biologos.org/people/ravi-zacharias

Related imageBioLogos is the number one group teaching theistic evolution. The idea that the six day creation in Genesis 1-2 was figurative and happened over millions of years. So, so disappointing to see long-time evangelical apologist RAVI ZACHARIAS listed on their site link above as their supporter. He used to be a Christian & Missionary Alliance preacher. Satan is going after the Bible-believing evangelical apologists. Zacharias edited Walter Martin’s Kingdom of the Cults and did a foreword for Leonard Ravenhill’s Why Revival Tarries. Its so grieving to hear him abandoning six day creation, because I think he used to believe in that. Only more reason to confuse people and not ground them in the Bible. (Recently, the Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, was long reputed as Walter Martin’s successor, and of a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) affiliation. Super Puritan. Now, he’s Eastern Orthodox and praying to dead saints and icons! Dude!) Ephesians 5:15-17: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” It makes me want to study the Bible. Take a look at Jonathan Sarfati’s Refuting Compromise. He leaves no room for personal interpretation on this critical issue that undermines the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. Ken Ham quotes Zacharias as saying this in 2014:

Rather than spend our time debating for hours whether its billions of years or whether its thousands of years, we should instead by arguing for the fact that you cannot explain the full questions of life—origin, meaning, morality and destiny—without a personal, moral, First Cause, which is God himself. We go to the ultimate cause, not the ultimate methods of how it all came about. You will never be able to get a coherent worldview without positing an eternal moral personal First Cause. That’s what I want to defend—I don’t want to argue a timeline.

I can recommend some great books. Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science by John C. Lennox (theistic evolutionist), my colleague at Oxford, is a brilliant book on dealing with where the issues here really lie.

This leads me to ask another question: which Christian apologists believe in the literal six day creation and a 6,000 year old earth? To me, this is an issue of Biblical authority; and shows me where the apologists’ loyalties lay. Either to the Bible or to secular science; either to God’s Word or their own mind. Here’s an incomplete list so far:

1. John MacArthur

2. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

3. Chuck Smith 

4. Master Books
     – Jonathan Sarfati, Ken Ham, Ray Comfort, Henry Morris

5. Presbyterian & Reformed
     – John C. Whitcomb,
John Frame, R. C. Sproul, Cornelius Van Til, Richard Pratt
     – John Frame – Systematic Theology, Apologetics
     – R. C. Sproul – Essential Truths, Defending Your Faith, Classical Apologetics
     – Cornelius Van Til – Defense of the Faith, Christian Apologetics, Systematic Theology

6. Reformation Heritage Books
     – John Fesko, Voddie Baucham, K. Scott Oliphint, Greg Bahnsen

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