Posted by: chuckbumgardner | May 8, 2008

Quotable Tozer 2

More quotes from The Quotable Tozer: Wise Words with a Prophetic Edge, ed. Harry Verploegh (Christian Publications, 1994).

We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God. (99)

The witness of the church is most effective when she declares rather than explains, for the gospel is addressed not to reason, but to faith. (104)

I hope that God can burn this frightful fact into our souls — the truth that men and women can be respectable and religious and prayerful and careful and eager and ask the right questions and talk about religion — and still be lost! (123)

Reception of ideas rather than the storing of them should be the aim of education.  The mind should be an eye to see with rather than a bin to store facts in.  The man who has been taught by the Holy Spirit will be a seer rather than a scholar.  The difference is that the scholar sees and the seer sees through, and that is a mighty difference indeed. (130)

We pour out millions of words and never notice that the prayers are not answered. (142)

We are not diplomats, but prophets, and our message is not a compromise, but an ultimatum. (146)

Regret for a truly sinful past will remain until we truly believe that for us in Christ that sinful past no longer exists.  The man in Christ has only Christ’s past and that is perfect and acceptable to God.  In Christ he died, in Christ he rose, and in Christ he is seated within the circle of God’s favored ones.  He is no longer angry with himself because he is no longer self-regarding, but Christ-regarding; hence, there is no place for regret. (152)

When reproved, pay no attention to the source. Do not ask whether it is a friend or an enemy that reproves you.  An enemy is often of greater value than a friend because he is not influenced by sympathy. (156-57)

When God declares a man righteous, He instantly sets about to make him righteous.  Our error today is that we do not expect a converted man to be a transformed man, and as a result of this error our churches are full of substandard Christians. (158 )

It is altogether doubtful whether any man can be saved who comes to Christ for His help but with no intention to obey Him. (161)

Rules for self-discovery: (1) What we want most.  (2) What we think about most.  (3) How we use our money.  (4) What we do with our leisure time.  (5) The company we enjoy.  (6) Whom and what we admire.  (7) What we laugh at. (165)

Boasting is an evidence that we are pleased with self; belittling, that we are disappointed in it.  Either way we reveal that we have a high opinion of ourselves. (165)



  1. This Tozer guy is awfully smart.

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