Vance Havner was a word smith and Christian sage, noted for his itinerant speaking ministry, inspirational and devotional writings, his profound wit, spiritual understanding, and famous quotes. He was and still is one of the most quoted men in Christendom—-the problem is that people today often do not realize that Vance was the originator of what was said. He was born in 1901 in the mountains of North Carolina and died in 1986. He surrendered to the Gospel ministry and started preaching at the ripe old age of twelve!
1)The Titanic was the one ship built that never was suppose to sink but all it ever did was sink and it did that on its maiden voyage! This was thought to be an object lesson for America, from which unfortunately we did not learn. This quote is attributed to both Mordecai Ham (under whom Billy Graham was saved in a tent revival) and Vance Havner.
2)Wheelbarrow Christians: “Wheelbarrow Christians always run on one wheel, always have to be pushed, and are easily upset.” Hopefully, that does not include you and me.
3)Optimist: “An optimist is a man who thinks the preacher is nearly through when he says, “Finally…” “
4)The average church today is like a lung with pneumonia, only a few cells doing the breathing.
5)When the spiritual temperature of a church is high enough it will kill all the germs.
6)Our Lord is knocking at the door of the Laodicean church today. He is the Divine Disturber. The church is in her robe and slippers and easy chair with a please do not disturb sign on the door.
7)The gospel is the Good News about Someone, and we are saved when we trust a Person, the Saviour, and confess Him as Lord. Right here some make a fearful mistake. They accept the gospel as a fact, they give intellectual credence to the facts, but they never commit themselves to the Person the gospel is all about.
8)What our Lord said about cross-bearing and obedience is not in fine type. It is in bold print on the face of the contract.
9)Salvation is free. The gift of God is eternal life. It is not cheap for it cost God His Son and the Son His life, but it is free. However, when we become believers we become disciples and that will cost everything we have.
A Jew by birth.
A Greek by speech.
A Roman by citizenship.
A lawyer by training.
A tentmaker by trade.
An apostle by the grace of God.
11)If you know Him, you may be hated by Pharisees and scribes, but you will be a friend of publicans and sinners.
12)More Bibles are bought and fewer read than any other book.
13)Church membership has become a sort of religious credit card that costs nothing in life and will be worth nothing in death.
14)Instead of “Standing on the Promises,” we are only sitting in the premises.
15)I may not know who the six, six, six is, I will leave that to the prophecy boys, but I do know that the world is sick, sick, sick!
16)When I was a lad we called all of the studious preachers book worms. They were always reading books. But today they all listen to cassettes. They are all tape worms!
17)At the rate America is decaying morally, we shall have to change our national symbol from an eagle to a vulture.
18)Ancestry is a fascinating study but the best part, as with potatoes, is usually under the ground. Investigating the family tree is risky business and can be embarrassing.
19)Too many people within our borders are Americans only in name but un-American in their hearts and anti-American in their conduct.
20)An athiest has a sign on the wall of his office that read, “God Is Nowhere.” A little girl saw it and exclaimed, “Look! It says, God Is Now Here!”
21)If you see a Bible that is falling apart, it probably belongs to someone who isn’t!
22)When the persecuted become the popular they are powerless. The church prospers in persecution, but pines in prosperity.
23)Some people do not have much trouble with the devil. They are so worthless he doesn’t waste time on them.
24)The devil’s main business today is getting people to join church without being saved.
25)Nothing is more rare in churches today than discernment. The natural man knows nothing of it, the carnal man is devoid of it. Only the spiritual man has it and we have too few in that category.
26)I’m awfully tired of hearing temperance in liquor drinking preached instead of abstinence-as a concession to the cocktail crowd in the congregation.
27)There is more hope for an African heathen who has never heard the gospel than for an American pagan who has professed to believe it but has never actually yielded to Christ and been set on fire by the Spirit.
28)Jesus said that it is better to enter into life crippled than to go to hell whole. Such radical procedure is seldom preached these days and in a very low key if at all. Consequently, we have the frightful tragedy of all those who lose everything rather than give up anything, losing all to keep a part.
29)Somehow the idea has gotten around that it is unchristian to take a stand against heresy. Some of us need to read the New Testament again.
30)If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.
31)It is important for us to come apart from the business of life or we will come a part!
32)One serious malady of the church is infantile paralysis-too many babes who never grow.
33)I used to say that civilization was going to the dogs, but I have quit saying that out of respect for dogs. Today, mankind is guilty of some things beneath the dignity of any dog.
34)We do not usually learn that Christ is all we need until we reach the place where He is all we have!
35)Has there ever been a day when more people talk and come and sit at church and hear, only to do nothing about it? This, of course, fits into the scriptural picture of the last days with a form of godliness denying the power thereof.
36)A man came home from the office one evening lamenting: “We had a rough day, the computer broke down and everybody had to think.”
37)What we love usually manages to get into our conversation. What is down in the well of the heart will come up in the bucket of the speech.
38)God is on the lookout today for a man who will be quiet enough to get a message from Him, brave enough to preach it, and honest enough to live it.
39)Patrick Henry asked, “Give me liberty or give me death,” but modern Americans simply say, “Gimme.”
40)Church members too often expect service and never think of giving it.
41)Many a church thinks it needs a new pastor when it needs the same pastor renewed.
42)The measure of any Christian is his prayer life.
43)The thermometer of a church is its prayer meeting.
44)A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros. His problem is how to toughen his hide without hardening his heart.
45)The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
46)People do not like to be called to holiness and righteousness and will not flock to the prophet who calls to a straight and narrow way. It costs to do that kind of preaching.
47)Prophets are almost extinct in the religious world today. The modern church is a “non-prophet” organization.
48)We are trying to get young people to volunteer and say, “Here am I,” before they have ever said, “Woe is me!”
49)If we cannot go away for a vacation, we can take an “inside vacation” and find grace to help in time of need. God gives more rest than time will allow!
50)I came to Christ as a country boy. I did not understand all about the plan of salvation. One does not have to understand it, he has only to stand on it.
51)I never preach about tobacco. I just tell my crowd to leave its tobacco outside and I’ll guarantee that no hog or dog will bother it.
52)Walking is a lost art. Any pedestrian along a country road these days is presumed to be either out of his head or out of gas.
53)If we are ever going to be or do or say anything for our Lord, now is the time.
54)The tragedy of today is that the situation is desperate but the saints are not.
55)An excuse is the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.
There will be more quotes to follow. Please stay tuned………………