Monday, April 9, 2007
John the Baptist had no gimmicks. He didn’t even have a revival party with him! Don’t mention this out of this building, but, you know, he didn’t even have a guitar…
I get into trouble with “singing people” for the simple reason there is no ministry of singing in the New Testament! There’s no “gift of singing”!
You may get offended, well, see me after… I’ll pray with you.
There’s no ministry of singing in the New Testament. Singing is something spontaneous.
Look, I go down the road, we drive down the road, we drive thousands of miles over the country, I say, “Martha, there’s another one: ‘The Blue Bell Bible Busters Will Sing at Your Place Tonight!’ “, you know. “Johnny Jones and His Singing Family!” …SINGING FAMILY! Do you know what I’d like to see? I’d like to see somebody with a bus load of people that says, “This is the Prayer Group from Agape. We will come and pray revival down in your area.”
Now singing’s all right, but you don’t need the Holy Ghost necessary to sing. I’ve never, ever seen a revival born of singing.
Now, I love singing. I’ve got a library of classics. I’ve got all kinds of wonderful records. Singing is great! Singing is very beautiful. I’m not knocking it, but you see, if you put a concert on and do not read (and preach) the Word of God, you’ve cheated God. I don’t care how well you sing!
“Faith cometh by hearing: …the choir? NO! “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rom 10:17)
There is NO substitute for the Word of God! There is NO substitute for prayer! There is NO substitute for anointing!
I thank God many times when I pray, when I pray in secret and I weep, I thank God for the incorruptible Holy Ghost! (I thank Him) that you could write a check for $1 million dollars, and He won’t anoint you with the Spirit because you’ve given $1 million dollars to missions.
Let’s keep this very clear: the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit cannot be bought at any market in the world!
Let’s get back to (discussing) John Baptist…
- Leonard Ravenhill