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Prayer Instead of Obedience

“Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience.
The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures
that is not accompanied by obedience.
To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain
precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words and
get nothing for our trouble.”

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A.W. Tozer, Of God and Men, p. 52.


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A.W. Tozer Quote

The God of the modern evangelical rarely astonishes anybody.

He manages to stay pretty much with the constitution.

Never break our by-laws.

He’s a very well-behaved God and very denominational

and very much like one of us…

we ask Him to help us when we’re in trouble

and look to Him to watch over us when we’re asleep.

The God of the modern evangelical isn’t a God I could have much respect for.

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A.W. Tozer

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Killing Time?

What are you doing with your time?

Killing time?

Investing?

Saving?

Making the best use?


“Time is a resource that is non-renewable and non-transferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day—when it’s lost it is unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”

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A. W. Tozer

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)
15  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
16  making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.


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The Pursuit Of God by A. W. Tozer – Free Audio

ChristianAudio.com is offering the classic

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

for a free download for the month of July.

 

Note: ChristianAudio offers many types of audio so beware of whom you listen to.  I don’t recommend just listening to a new author unless you have checked them out.  However, they do offer some very good audios such as this one at times.  Just beware.  Use Biblical discernment.



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Cultivate Truth – A.W. Tozer

Each generation of Christians must look to its beliefs. While truth itself is unchanging, the minds of men are porous vessels out of which truth can leak and into which error may seep to dilute the truth they contain. The humanheart is heretical by nature and runs to error as naturally as a garden to weeds. All a man, a church or a denomination needs to guarantee deterioration of doctrine is to take everything for granted and do nothing. The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root out error will shortly be a theological wilderness; the church or denomination that grows careless on the highway of truth will before long find itself astray, bogged down in some mud flat from which there is no escape.

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A.W. Tozer

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A Right View of God – Tozer Quote

One of the priorities for looking for a church is to find a church that exhibits the right view of God. Not the man upstairs, the homeboy, or the “lovey-dovey god” who couldn’t actually send someone to Hell.

A church that worships the God as He is displayed throughout the Old and New Testament is a necessity.

Worship… rises or falls with our concept of God;
that is why I do not believe in these half-converted
cowboys who call God the Man Upstairs.
I do not think they worship at all because
their concept of God is unworthy of God and unworthy of them.
And if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ,
it is that we do not see God as great as He is.
We’re too familiar with God
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A.W. Tozer
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The Altar Call – Tozer

What’s Wrong With the Gospel?
A.W. Tozer

Some Inventions of Man That Have Become Essential Parts of the Modern Gospel

The Altar Call.

Imagine if you can, Jesus having people bow their heads after hearing the Sermon on the Mount, and then very slowly and softly (while Bartholomew plays “How Great Thou Art” on the accordion) saying to the crowd, “While your heads are bowed and your eyes are closed, if you really want to be My disciple tonight, if you really want to show My Father and I that you truly mean to follow this sermon I have given, then I want you to slip your hand up slowly, so that I may see it. There now…yes…yes…I see that hand…and that one…and the one way back by the fig tree…yes! Now, please, while Bart plays another chorus, I’d like you to start moving down through the center of the crowd…yes, those who raised their hand. I want to know if you really mean business. I’d like to lead you in a prayer...”

I realize that there are some who will see such an illustration as sacrilegious. And that’s just the point. They think that making fun of the “altar call” is making fun of God. But it isn’t. Traditions die hard, because they take so long to form. Once I received a very intense letter from the pastor of a church who had sponsored me in a city-wide concert in his area. He was upset that I had “let several hundred souls go ungathered” because I had not given an altar call. He said, “It seems you have no burden for souls.” (Nothing could be further from the truth.) But because I had not given the recognized “official invitation,” this pastor could see no value in my presentation of the Gospel. Or as Tony Salerno (director of “The Agape Force”) recently remarked, “If you don’t give an altar call, they think you have committed the unpardonable sin!‘”

The Gradual Altering of the “Altar Call”

Believe it or not, the altar call was invented only about 150 years ago. It was first used by the American evangelist, Charles Finney, as a means of separating out those who wanted to talk further about the subject of salvation. Finney called the front pew “the anxious seat” (for those who were “anxious” about the state of their souls) or “the mourner’s bench.” Finney never “led them in a prayer,” but he and a few others would spend a great deal of time praying with and giving specific instructions to each, one by one, until finally, everyone was sent home to pray and continue seeking God until “they had broken through and expressed hope in Christ,” as Finney would say.

The early Salvation Army, going a bit further on Finney’s innovation, developed what they called “the penitent form” or “the mercy seat.” After a rousing time of singing and preaching, they would invite any sinner present who wanted to confess his sins to God and repent, to come to the front, and they would be prayed for individually. I have met a few older Christians who used to attend some of these early meetings, and they said that sometimes people would stay there all night, and on a few occasions, even a few days, weeping and confessing their sins with broken hearts. There were always some who would stay right there to instruct them further, encouraging them to make a clean sweep of sin from their lives.

This is what the early “altar call” was like. But gradually, it began to become a fixed part of every meeting, and like all other traditions, it began to lose its original spirit. The “coming forward” part started to be more important than the “sorrow, confession, repentance, and instruction” parts. Eventually, anyone who would “come down the aisle” was excitedly proclaimed “a new believer in Christ!” No matter how they felt, they still were told, “Your sins are forgiven, brother! Rejoice in Christ!” How many a miserable, defeated, and confused person has come away from a meeting like this? (Jer. 6:14).

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What’s Wrong With the Gospel?

What’s Wrong With the Gospel?

A.W. Tozer

The Term and Concept of “Personal Savior.”

I find it very disturbing when something unnecessary is added to the Gospel. The use of the term “Personal Savior” isn’t very harmful in itself, but it shows a kind of mindset that is willing to “invent” terms, and then allow these terms to be preached as it they were actually found in the Bible.

But why must we do this? Why must we add needless, almost meaningless things to the Gospel? It is because we’ve taken so much out that we have to replace it with “spiritual double talk.” That’s right, double talk! Would you ever introduce your sister like this: “This is Sheila, my personal sister“?! Or would you point to your navel and say, “This is my personal bellybutton“? Ridiculous! But nevertheless, people solemnly speak of Christ as the personal Savior, as if they’ve got Him right there in their shirt pocket – and as if when He returns, he will not have two, but three titles written across His thigh: King of Kings, Lord of Lords and Personal Savior! (See Rev. 19:16) This is only one example of how a non-biblical term can be elevated to reverence by the Church, as if to say, “Well even if it isn’t in the Bible – it should be!”

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