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Tozer Quote December 27, 2006

Posted by Joe in Quotes.
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Lar,

Way to keep things rolling today brother.  It has been a rare one for me today, very little time on-line!  Some might say that is a good thing, but whatever…..here’s a good one from Tozer that I received this morning.  It reminded me of a few of our posts from the past week or so.  How faithful are we being with the Christian message?  Have we been guilty of watering it down?  Considering Tozer penned these words about 50 years ago, I wonder what he would say now.

Any appeal to the public in the name of Christ that rises no higher than an invitation to tranquillity must be recognized as mere humanism with a few words of Jesus thrown in to make it appear Christian….

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….

We can afford to suffer now; we’ll have a long eternity to enjoy ourselves. And our enjoyment will be valid and pure, for it will come in the right way at the right time.

Tozer might not have emphasized that joy that comes in the midst of suffering, but no matter what, he is on point.

I would also make mention in this post that I really appreciate your posting those questions by Don Whitney today.  I would encourage everyone to give them more than a casual glance.  Let’s answer them and put it in writing.  Then let’s draw up a plan for actually implementing them.  I could go on, but maybe I will blog more about that later.  It’s time for bed.

Peace brother,

Joe

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