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My best of Tozer

I recently finished a book-compilation of A.W. Tozer's 52 best chapters.... and, really, Tozer is the best author I've read in awhile. He just opens my eyes to what God's saying in His Word, and he's brilliant besides, although by this time, he's somewhat dated (but sometimes prophetic). A few interesting quotes:

"No one with a due regard for the wisdom of God would argue that there is anything wrong with laughter, since humor is a legitimate component of our complex nature. Lacking a sense of humor we fall that much short of healthy humanity.
But.... some things lie outside the field of pure humor. No reverent Christian, for instance, finds death funny, nor birth nor love. No Spirit-filled man can bring himself to laugh at the Holy Scriptures, or the Church which Christ purchased with His own blood, or prayer or righteousness or human grief or pain. And surely no one who has been in the presence of God could ever laugh at a story involving the Deity."

"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.... But of late she has become tired... and has given over the struggle. She appears to have decided that if she cannot conquer the great god Entertainment she may as well join forces with him and make what use she can of his powers. So today we have the astonishing spectacle of millions of dollars being poured into the unholy job of providing earthly entertainment for the so-called sons of heaven. Religious entertainment is in many places rapidly crowding out the serious things of God. Many churches these days have become little more than poor theatres where fifth-rate "producers" peddle their shoddy wares with the full approval of evangelical leaders who can even quote a holy text in defense of their delinquency. And hardly a man dares raise his voice against it.
....Is it not a strange thing and a wonder that, with the shadow of atomic destruction hanging over the world and with the coming of Christ drawing near, the professed followers of the Lord should be giving themselves up to religious amusements? That in an hour when amutre saints are so desperately needed vast numbers of believers should revert to spiritual childhood and clamor for religious toys?"

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. Such intriguing passages! Though not really my favorites: to post those would take up too much time typing. More later...


MutantJanitor said…
hmmm....great quotes. haven't read Tozer. I'd also recommend Shadow of the Almighty by Elizabeth Elliot. Also the book A Chance to Die (about Amy Carmichael) by Elizabeth Elliot. Those are great books on people who lived out much of what Tozer was seeking to draw out. I've started reading a lot lately and really have been struck by what God is calling us to in our faith...
RS said…
yeah, I've heard that Elizabeth Elliot is good.... I want to read "Through Gates of Splendor" in particular.

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