Last night one of my Facebook Friends posted the following quote on his timeline, "The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer!" The quote came from Leonard Ravenhill, a popular revivalist from a past generation. In cutting to the chase here I'd like to repeat what I wrote my Facebook Friend, "I thought the true church lives and moves and has its being in Christ!" Now, if you cannot see the difference in these two quotes I guess I'd suggest that you read this blog no further. However, if you can see the vast difference between these two quotes, then you too are understanding what the wonderful New Covenant is all about!
Folks, if prayer is the key to the being of the Church, then we are all in trouble! Yet, Religion seems to make prayer just another thing we do in order to please God. See, here is the great problem with Ravenhill's quote, How much prayer is enough? What happens if I miss a day of prayer, what follows? The answer is obviously, fear shame and condemnation as none of us can measure up!
Religion is always trying to get us to jump over the bar. When we are able to accomplish that task, the bar is raised. In understanding the true New Covenant, the bar no longer exists...Christ jumped it for us, once and for all time. "It is finished!" He emphatically said!
I hate to say this, but I feel that it is imperative that I do....Leonard Ravenhill's statement is false doctrine! That's right, it is not correct in light of all that Christ did for us on the cross! The Church has been "dumbed down" over several centuries and we have become performance orientated and no longer depend upon the finished works of Christ! Folks...please remember...The Cross is enough! Glory!
You may be totally surprised by all of the other doctrines that we have believed in just because some noted minister made a statement! I don't care who says it, but any statement, that would even suggest that prayer is the key to the Church's existence is false, it just plain is!