Dec 9, 2012

Leonard Ravenhill's Gospel Error of Co-Redemptrix Intercession

Disclaimer: This article in no way analyzes the individual's life as a whole or events since the error was uttered. However, this article is to warn the reader to beware of the writings of this individual as they do contain serious gospel errors. "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)

"If we had more sleepless nights in prayer, there would be far fewer souls to have a sleepless eternal night in hell." -Leonard Ravenhill ("Revival God's Way" pg. 52, [1983])

This statement implies that we are an effectual co- redeemer with Christ through our intercession. This is contrary to the gospel of God's grace.

If you believe your prayers determine who is redeemed by Christ, you have made yourself the redeemer. This exalts man into a co-redeemer. If you teach others a doctrine that makes you a co- redeemer with Christ, then souls will be looking to you and giving glory to you when they think they are saved from hell because of your praying. This co-redeemer doctrine turns man into an idol.
God shall never abort His children. "...yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." [Isa 49:15] Redemption is no opportunity. God will bring His sheep home. "...the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust." [Isa 51:5] The LORD has redeemed sinners before they return. All the redeemed shall return. "...the redeemed of the LORD shall return..." [Isa 51:11] For all His lost sheep He gave His life and by His bruise they are healed. "...the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isa 53:6] Great mountains shall depart, but His electing love shall never leave His children. "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee." [Isa 54:10] False prophets shall not prevail against the Sheep. "...whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake." [Isa 54:15] No deception or demonic power shall prosper against the sheep of Christ. "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper..." [Isa 54:17] His mercy is sure and everlasting to His sheep. "...I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David." [Isa 55:3]

We are called to pray for the spiritual health of God's children and for the well being of our enemies. "And I know, that this thing shall come to me into *health by your prayer, and the under- ministering of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:19 (Wycliffe New Testament)
*"for the spiritual health" -Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." [Matthew 5:44]

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