Great industrial concerns have in their employ men who are needed only

when there is a breakdown somewhere. When something goes wrong with

the machinery, these men spring into action to locate and remove the

trouble and get the machinery rolling again.

For these men a smoothly operating system has no interest. They

are specialists concerned with trouble and how to find and correct it.

In the kingdom of God things are not too different. God has always had

His specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown,

the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the church. Such

men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of their kind who

appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke and exhort

in the name of God and righteousness.

A thousand or ten thousand ordinary priests or pastors or teachers

could labor quietly on almost unnoticed while the spiritual life of

Israel or the church was normal. But let the people of God go astray

from the paths of truth and immediately the specialist appeared almost

out of nowhere. His instinct for trouble brought him to the help of

the Lord and of Israel.

Such a man was likely to be drastic, radical, possibly at times

violent, and the curious crowd that gathered to watch him work

soon branded him as extreme, fanatical, negative. And in a sense they

were right. He was single-minded, severe, fearless, and these were the

qualities the circumstances demanded. He shocked some, frightened

others and alienated not a few, but he knew who had called him and

what he was sent to do. His ministry was geared to the emergency, and

that fact marked him out as different, a man apart.

To such men as this the church owes a debt too heavy to pay. The

curious thing is that she seldom tries to pay him while he lives, but

the next generation builds his sepulcher and writes his biography, as

if instinctively and awkwardly to discharge an obligation the previous

generation to a large extent ignored...

[-From the Foreword to Leonard Ravenhill's "Why Revival Tarries". A

brilliant book!]

The historian D'Aubigne writes: "A great work of God is never

accomplished by the natural strength of man. It is from the dry

bones, the darkness and the dust of death, that God is pleased to

select the instruments by means of which He designs to scatter over

the earth His light, regeneration and life." [- D'Aubigne's "History of

the Reformation"].

Another writer has observed: "In the various crises that have

occurred in the history of the church, men have come to the front who

have manifested a holy recklessness that astonished their fellows.

When Luther nailed his theses to the door of the cathe- dral at

Wittemburg, cautious men were astonished at his audacity. When John

Wesley ignored all church restrictions and religious propriety and

preached in the fields and by-ways, men declared his reputation was

ruined. So it has been in all ages. When the religious condition of

the times called for men who were willing to sacrifice all for Christ,

the demand created the supply, and there have always been found a few

who have been willing to be regarded reckless for the Lord. An utter

recklessness concerning men's opinions and other consequences is the

only attitude that can meet the exigencies of the present times."

[Quoted by Frank Bartleman in "Azusa Street", pg 46. (Also published

as "Another Wave Rolls in"). - Another brilliant book!]