Vance Havner — “The cause of Christ has been hurt more by Sunday-morning benchwarmers who pretend to love Christ, who call Him Lord but do not His commands, than by all the publicans and sinners. They say they are evangelical but not evangelistic. They glory in being… disciples of the Lowest Common Denominator. They traffic in unfelt truth and refuse to get excited over religion. Their ideal service is ‘a mild-mannered man standing before a group of mild-mannered people, exhorting everybody to be more mild-mannered.'” He goes on to say that a genuine follower of Jesus Christ “…does not have to freeze in formalism or fry in fanaticism.”
The subtle humor and succinct way Dr. Vance Havner had of communicating biblical truth set him apart as one of the most quoted preachers in my generation. Yet, in spite of his humorous way of holding up a mirror for the church to see itself honestly, he also had penetrating insight and wisdom that continues to challenge and build up the body of Christ these many years after his death in 1986.
If you want to hear him for yourself, I found a rare audio copy of one of his sermons. His topic is “Discernment in the Church.” I wish you could see him preach as well as hear him but at least you will be blessed to hear one of the greatest voices for Christ in the 20th century.