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Friday, November 14, 2008

Tozer Was Right

I heard Dr. A.W. Tozer preach when I attended Moody Bible Institute in the mid 1950s. He exalted God and positioned man where he needs to be: prostrate before God in humble adoration. If he were alive today, I wonder what he would say about contemporary Christian thought and worship. Here is a quote from Dr. Tozer:

"Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Saviour of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable. This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrassing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show.”

I think we need more preachers like A. W. Tozer.

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