Sunday, October 10, 2010

A W Tozer on Christianity "Today"

Here is some more of A W Tozer (1897-1963), on his contrast between the Christianity of his day, and NT ideals:
"Christ calls men to carry a cross; we call them to have fun in His name. He calls them to forsake the world; we assure them that if they but accept Jesus the world is their oyster. He calls them to suffer; we call them to enjoy all the bourgeois comforts modern civilization affords. He calls them to self abnegation and death; we call them to spread themselves like green bay trees or perchance even to become stars in a pitiful fifth-rate religious zodiac. He calls them to holiness; we call them to a cheap and tawdry happiness that would have been rejected with scorn by the least of the Stoic philosophers."

(This comes from a little book called "Gems from Tozer", which is a compilation of excerpts from multiple sources.)

A W Tozer on Faith

I was reading a little of A W Tozer (1897-1963), this morning. Here are some quotes relating to the topic of "faith":
"Faith now means no more than passive moral acquiescence in the Word of God and the cross of Jesus. To exercise it we have only to rest on one knee and nod our heads in agreement with the instructions of a personal worker intent upon saving our soul. Such a faith as this does not perturb people. It comforts them. The face of their ego is washed and their self-confidence is rescued from discouragement."

"People must be told that the Christian religion is not something they can trifle with. the only man who can be sure he has true Bible faith is the one who has put himself in a position where he cannot go back."

"Faith as the Bible knows it is confidence in God and His Son Jesus Christ; it is the response of the soul to the divine character as revealed in the Scriptures; and even this response is impossible apart from the prior inworking of the Holy Spirit. Faith is the gift of God to a penitent soul and has nothing whatsoever to do with the senses or the data they afford. Faith is a miracle; it is the ability God gives to trust His Son, and anything that does not result in action in accord with the will of God is not faith but something else short of it."

(These come from a little book called "Gems from Tozer", which is a compilation of excerpts from multiple sources)