..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A.W. Tozer on Spiritual Bankruptcy in the Church

A generation of Christians reared among push buttons
and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less
direct methods of reaching their goals. We have been
trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations
with God.

We read our chapter, have our short devotions, and
rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward
bankruptcy by attending another gospel meeting or
listening to another thrilling story told by a religious
adventurer lately returned from afar. The tragic
results of this spirit are all about us.

Shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the
preponderance of the element of fun in gospel
meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious
externalities, quasi-religious fellowships,
salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic
personality for the power of the Spirit; these and
such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease,
a deep and serious malady of the soul. --
A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948]

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