The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps — we must step up the stairs.

— Vance Havner

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At the rate America is decaying morally, we shall have to change our national symbol from an eagle to a vulture.


Christians, like snowflakes, are frail, but when they stick together they can stop traffic.


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.


Many people have the right aim in life, they just never get around to pulling the trigger. The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps -- we must step up the stairs.


It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available.

We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it.


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.


Salt seasons, purifies, preserves. But somebody ought to remind us that salt also irritates. Real living Christianity rubs this world the wrong way.


People used to blush when they were ashamed.

Now they are ashamed if they blush. Modesty has disappeared and a brazen generation with no fear of God before its eyes mocks at sin. We are so fond of being called tolerant and broadminded that we wink at sin when we ought to weep.


Salvation is a helmet, not a nightcap.


The middle of the road is a poor place to walk.

It is a poor place to drive. It is a poor place to live.


If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.


When a man makes alliance with the Almighty, giants look like grasshoppers.


About Vance Havner

Quotes 207 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Clergyman
Birthday 1901

Our efficiency without God's sufficiency is only a deficiency.


We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.


Abraham did not know where he was going immediately, but he knew where he was going ultimately. He did not know the Whither but he knew the Whom. He believed God, and, being sure of his destiny, he did not worry about his destination.


No man can be a Christian by knowingly and willfully taking Christ on the installment plan, as Savior now, and Lord later.


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.


The thermometer of a church is its prayer meeting.


The Word of God is either absolute or obsolete.


There is a trend today that would put a new robe on the prodigal son while he is still feeding hogs. Some would put the ring on his finger while he still in the pigsty. Others would paint the pigsty and advocate bigger and better hog pens.


If I had only one sermon to preach it would be on the Lordship of Christ.

When we get right on that point we are right all down the line. God honors the exaltation of His Son.


We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life.


The tragedy of today is that the situation is desperate but the saints are not.


We need a dedicated minority who, like the apostles of old, are willing to be called the scum of the earth and a spectacle to the world for the scandal of the cross.


When the Lord's white sheep become dirty gray, all black sheep feel more comfortable.


Men love everything but righteousness and fear everything but God.


A revival is the church falling in love with Jesus Christ all over again.


Real revival does not begin with joyous singing.

It begins with conviction and repentance on the part of Christians.


A wife who is 85 percent faithful to her husband is not faithful at all.

There is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus Christ.


Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.


Taking it easy is often the prelude to backsliding. Comfort precedes collapse.


God isn't a talent scout looking for someone who is "good enough" or "strong enough." He is looking for someone with a heart set on Him, and He will do the rest.


Revival precedes evangelism. The church must first repent. This is the blind spot in our eye today.


The world does not hate its own. It does hate our Lord. It hates His followers. Where do you belong in this lineup?


Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons or more sermons into the fire.


The preacher who jests and jokes with his people all week will soon find that he cannot stand in his pulpit on Sunday with power to reprove, rebuke and exhort. He may be the life of the party but it will be the death of the prophet.


I'm tired of hearing sin called sickness and alcoholism a disease.

It is the only disease I know of that we're spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to spread.


We are suffering today from a species of Christianity as dry as dust, as cold as ice, as pale as a corpse, and as dead as King Tut. We are suffering not from a lack of correct heads but of consumed hearts.


When I pastored a country church, a farmer didn't like the sermons I preached on hell. He said, Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus. I said, That's where I got my information about hell.


Our Lord approved neither idol worship or idle worship but ideal worship in Spirit and truth.


We have suffered from the preaching of cheap grace.

Grace is free, but it is not cheap. People will take anything that is free, but they are not interested in discipleship. They will take Christ as Savior but not as Lord.


We are so prone to expect to become good Christians by some sudden experience that lifts us all at once to higher ground without the gradual climb. We forget that we are to "grow in grace" and that normal growth is not a matter of fits and starts.


One hour in heaven, and we shall be ashamed that we ever grumbled.


Where are the marks of the cross in your life? Are there any points of identification with your Lord? Alas, too many Christians wear medals but carry no scars.


A mortician can make a dead man look better than he ever did when he was alive.

So churches like Sardis may appear very much alive when they are dead in the sight of the Lord. God knows the difference.


Nobody in pulpit or pew needs a revival more than a bitter-spirited fundamentalist with his dispensations right and his disposition wrong.


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.


The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.


Too many church services start at eleven sharp and end at twelve dull.