Vance Havner
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5
 

"It's amazing how we dodge, whether intentionally or not, the real trouble. It's just like these new translations of the Bible. I think it's fine if it's the right kind of a translation. I think they're helpful, but we have some young people today who have the idea that 'if I can just get hold of one more translation of the Bible then it'll be alright, it'll be opened up to me.' It is NOT a new translation of the Bible that opens it up to you. It's the HOLY SPIRIT that opens up the Word of God to you. And a lot of you people are depending on 'one more translation' and that isn't going to do it. It's amazing how much some people get out of the King James Version by the help of the Holy Spirit." Sermon, Patmos Christians

"The happiest man in the world is a young preacher before he's met too many Bible scholars." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"We need to live and preach as though Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back tonight." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"Shipwrecked on God, stranded on Omnipotence." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"Don't ever ask God to use you. He's using you now all he can, but not all he could." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"We are affected more than we realize in the religious world by Athenianism, always chasing some new thing, mildly interested in many things, but completely sold out to nothing." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"The average American congregation today is the poorest prepared for Sunday morning of any crowd that ever has come along." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"No poor preacher can in one hour counteract all the TV and the world and the flesh and the devil have built up all week unless there's a divine intervention of heaven." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"I notice today that while there's a lot of talk about the gifts of the Spirit, some of them in particular, I haven't heard anybody say much about one of them -- the discerning of spirits." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"Christianity is now blowing a fuse, trying to sound intellectual. We're trying to dress up the foolishness of God with the wisdom of man... The church is running a showboat instead of a lifeboat." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"We forget that if the preaching of the Cross is to the world foolishness, it follows of necessity that the preachers of the Cross must be to the world fools." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"We preachers are not tourists in Athens, we're not diplomats out to arrange a summit conference. We're prophets announcing an ultimatum -- God is going to judge the world by the man he's ordained whom he raised from the dead." Sermon, Testimony In 1976 At Age 75

"The preacher is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." Biography, Vance Havner

"The devil is not fighting religion. He’s too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity, so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it. We are plainly told in the Scriptures that in the last days men will not endure sound doctrine and will depart from the faith and heap to themselves teachers to tickle their ears. We live in an epidemic of this itch, and popular preachers have developed “ear-tickling” into a fine art." Playing With Marbles

"If somebody had given the prodigal son a bowl of soup and a bed he might never have gone home. We're not called to set up bread lines in the far country. We're out to get lost sons back to the Father's house. That's our main business." The Temptation Of Today's Church

"The church is not running a showboat, it's running a lifeboat. And the gospel was never meant for entertainment, and we are never supposed to use bait to attract the world to hear the gospel. It's a sad day when the church gets in the circus business and furnishes the monkeys."The Temptation Of Today's Church

"The church is not going to win the world by playing politics with the powers that be, not by socialistic experiements under religious auspices, the world is not going to be Christianed, but it ought to be evangelized by the message of the crucified and risen coming Lord." The Temptation Of Today's Church

"There's nothing Hollywood about New Testament Christianity. The more I study my Bible the more I am charmed at the fact that Jesus Christ was the despair of all the news reporters. When he healed the sick, don't publicize it." The Temptation Of Today's Church