Posted by: chuckbumgardner | May 8, 2008

Quotable Tozer

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

There is a lot of religious activity among us.  Interchurch basketball tournaments, religious splash parties followed by devotions, weekend camping trips with a Bible quiz around the fire, Sunday school picnics, building fund drives, and ministerial breakfasts are with us in great numbers, and they are carried on with typical American gusto.  It is when we enter the sacred precincts of the heart’s personal religion that we suddenly lose all enthusiasm. (4)

Reading and observing without a great deal of meditating will fill the mind with learned lumber that will always remain alien to us. (13)

Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful in arranging our lives so as to admit the truth of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications.  We arrange things so that we can get on well enough without divine aid, while at the same time ostensibly seeking it.  We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him. (34-35)

The center of attraction in a true church is the Lord Jesus Christ. (43)

Future historians will record that we of the twentieth century had intelligence enough to create a great civilization but not the moral wisdom to preserve it. (46)

Every soul belongs to God and exists by His pleasure. God being Who and What He is, and we being who and what we are, the only thinkable relation between us is one of full lordship on His part and complete submission on ours.  We owe Him every honor that it is in our power to give Him. Our everlasting grief lies in giving Him anything less. (48-49)

For centuries the Church stood solidly against every form of worldly entertainment, recognizing it for what it was — a device for wasting time, a refuge from the disturbing voice of conscience, a scheme to divert attention from moral accountability. (57)

It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction. It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God.  One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments. (60)

Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God. . . . Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God. (64)

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