Festo Kivengere: Fearless Faith

Festo Kivengere (1919–1988) was a Ugandan Anglican evangelist who stood up to the brutal dictator Idi Amin. He spread the word throughout Africa and stood up to true evil. Despite numerous death threats, he wrote a book forgiving those who targeted him all while proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are my top 10 quotes from Festo Kivengere:

  • “Peace is not automatic. It is a gift of the grace of God. It comes when hearts are exposed to the love of Christ. But this always costs something.”
  • “Revival isn’t a spectacular event in the clouds. It’s in your own life. Revival doesn’t require big meetings with famous speakers. Revival begins with you.”
  • “Every time you ask forgiveness it takes a little dying, and so also does submitting one to another in the fear of God. But both are liberating.”
  • “On the cross Jesus met the full force of the Enemy intent on destroying Him, and He overcame him publicly. This fact is well known in the spiritual realm. Calvary was a victory of love. Jesus shed no blood but His own. He overcame evil with good.”
  • “The Cross is the flesh and bones, the heartbeat of evangelism . . . with the power to heal broken lives and broken relationships.”
  • “My weapon is love.”
  • “And the homes of your country may experience men renewed, coming to put a few things right. That’s when Jesus comes alive: not when we enjoy lovely teaching, but when the teaching becomes so embarrassing that you walk away and do something about it.”
  • “I could tell you a case of a man back home, forty-five years old – a pagan, illiterate, who knew nothing about Christ. Then he was brought by grace, through the preaching of the Christians, into the presence of Jesus and Him crucified; and that man was so changed that within a month, when impure thoughts came into his heart he literally went outside from a meeting and vomited. What a standard, what sensitivity! A man steeped in paganism, with no Bible training, no background. And now in the light of Calvary, in that smashing, invading love, this man is taken, re-created, renewed, his conscience is so clean that when impure thoughts came he even went and physically vomited. A sensitivity had been created. The Holy Spirit had renewed the personality. Is this your case?”
  • “For the love of Christ was demonstrated through suffering and those who experience that love can never put it into practice without some cost.”
  • “I find after I have gone on with the Lord, sometimes I grow insensitive. But the impact of the Holy Spirit, the impact of the renewal, is that you begin to move with that sensitive tact in the heart. If it is jealousy, don’t you think the time has come when you can say, ‘My heart has been renewed, and I am going to write a letter to that person and ask for forgiveness’?”

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