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heart-in-bible“The work of Christ on the cross did not influence God to love us, did not increase that love by one degree, did not open any fount of grace or mercy in His heart. He had loved us from old eternity and needed nothing to stimulate that love.

The cross is not responsible for God’s love; rather it was His love which conceived the cross as the one method by which we could be saved. God felt no different toward us after Christ had died for us, for in the mind of God Christ had already died before the foundation of the world. God never saw us except through atonement.

The human race could not have existed one day in its fallen state had not Christ spread His mantle of atonement over it. And this He did in eternal purpose long ages before they led Him out to die on the hill above Jerusalem. All God’s dealings with man have been conditioned upon the cross.”

― A.W. Tozer, The Radical Cross: Living the Passion of Christ

“The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted in practice by the vast majority of fundamentalist Christians. They might hedge around the question if they were asked bluntly to declare their position, but their conduct gives them away. They are facing both ways, enjoying Christ and the world, gleefully telling everyone that accepting Jesus does not require them to give up their fun — Christianity is just the jolliest thing imaginable.  The “worship” growing out of such a view of life is as far off center as the view itself — a sort of sanctified nightclub without the champagne and the dressed-up drunks.
This whole thing has grown to be so serious that it is now the bound duty of all Christians to reexamine their spiritual philosophy in the light of the Bible. Having discovered the Scriptural way, they must follow it, even if to do so, they must separate themselves from much that they had accepted as real, but which now in the light of truth is seen to be false.
A right view of God and the world to come requires that we have a right view of the world in which we live and of our relationship to it. So much depends upon this that we cannot afford to be careless about it.”
A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), “This World: Playground or Battleground?”, p.4.

“When we study the New Testament record, we see plainly that Christ’s conflict was with the theological rationalists of His day. John’s gospel record is actually a long, inspired, passionately-outpoured account trying to save us from evangelical rationalism-the doctrine that says the text is enough. Divine revelation is the ground upon which we stand. The Bible is the book of God and I stand for it with all my heart; but before I can be saved, there must be illumination, penitence, renewal, inward deliverance. In our Christendom, we have tried to ease many people into the kingdom but they have never been renewed within their own beings. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that their faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God! There is a difference. We must insist that conversion to Christ is a miraculous act of God by the Holy Spirit-it must be wrought in the Spirit. There must be an inward illumination!” ~A.W. Tozer

“I don’t want God ever to have to say to me, “I gave you your opportunity to tell the people and you didn’t tell them. You wanted to be…liked by the people, and you wouldn’t tell them.” …I’d lose every friend in [this city]…I’d have you all turn your backs and walk away in cold anger from me, rather than face up to that awful moment when the cry of men and women is heard, “the summer is past [and we’re not saved]…” and I know that I didn’t do my part, to try to win men, to try to bring them to God.

It isn’t important that you like me, but it’s tremendously important that you’re washed in the blood of the Lamb…that you meet God in a saving encounter before that terrible day when you’ll have to cry, “the opportunity’s over…”  A.W. Tozer, “Four Seasons of Life”

“When God’s sheep are in danger, the shepherd must not gaze at the stars and meditate on “inspirational” themes. He is morally obliged to grab his weapon and run to their defense.  When the circumstances call for it, love can use the sword, though by her nature she would rather bind up the broken heart and minister to the wounded. It is time fo rthe prophet and the seer to make themselves heard and felt again. For the last three decades timidity disguised as humility has crouched in her corner while the spiritual quality of evangelical Christianity has become progressively worse year by year. How long, O Lord, how long?”   A.W. Tozer,  “The Best of A.W.Tozer”, p.42.

“True faith requires that we believe everything God has said about Himself, but also that we believe everything He has said about us.  Until we believe that we are as bad as God says we are, we can never believe that He will do for us what He says He will do.  Right here is where popular religion breaks down.”  A.W.Tozer, Gems from Tozer, 1969, p. 54.

“Only the humble man is completely sane, for he is the only one who sees clearly his own size and limitations.  The egotist sees things out of focus.  To himself he is large and God is correspondingly small, and that is a kind of moral insanity.  Humility is a coming back to sanity like Nebuchadnezzar.  The humble man evaluates everything correctly, and that makes him a wise man and a philosopher. 

Young Christians often hinder their own usefulness by their attitude toward themselves.  They begin with the innocent notion that they are at least a bit above the average in intelligence and ability, and consequently they feel shy about taking a humble place.  They want to begin at the top and work upward!  What happens is that they usually fail to secure the high place they feel qualified to fill and end up developing a chronic feeling of resentment toward everyone who stands in their way or fails to appreciate them. 

This is too serious to be funny and too tragically harmful to take lightly.  The simple fact is that no one can stand in the way of a completely humbled man.  There aren’t enough mountains in hell to hold down the true man or woman of God even if they were piled on him or her at once.  God chooses the meek to confound the mighty.  “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength because of Thine enemies, the Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2.  Babies pass for what they are — they have no pride in themselves and they bear no grudges.”  A. W. Tozer, “This World: Playground or Battleground?” pp.37-38.

“But the God we must see is not the utilitarian God who is having such a run of popularity today, whose chief claim to men’s attention is His ability to bring them success in their various undertakings and who for that reason is being cajoled and flattered by everyone who wants a favor. The God we must learn to know is the Majesty in the heavens, God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, the only wise God our Savior. He it is that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, who stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in, who bringeth out His starry host by number and calleth them all by name through the greatness of His power, who seeth the works of man as vanity, who putteth no confidence in princes and asks no counsel of kings.

Knowledge of such a Being cannot be gained by study alone. It comes by a wisdom the natural man knows nothing of, neither can know, because it is spiritually discerned. To know God is at once the easiest and the most difficult thing in the world. It is easy because the knowledge is not won by hard mental toil, but is something freely given. As sunlight falls free on the open field, so the knowledge of the holy God is a free gift to men who are open to receive it. But this knowledge is difficult because there are conditions to be met and the obstinate nature of fallen man does not take kindly to them.”

A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, Chapter 23.

“God has given us our free will in order that we may choose the right pilot.  He has also provided the Pilot, Jesus our Lord.  We only need to acknowledge our own ignorance and cry out in faith,

“Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.”

A.W. Tozer, This World: Playground or Battleground?, p.125.

“Even though we live in the world’s most advanced civilization, we have been betrayed by our teachers — tragically and cruelly betrayed by our teachers!  Years ago our teachers told us the world was getting better.  They supposed that because we have become brilliant toy makers, we had also become morally good toy makers.  It is true we have invented and developed and discovered all kinds of brilliant new toys.  And so our teachers have concluded that we must be better because we know so much more!”

“But one little thing has been overlooked in their preoccupation with our wonderful new ability to take the forces of nature and harness them.  Our scientific and intellectual advances were not accompanied by similar moral strides.”

“Technology, instead of making us morally better, has been accompanied by a time of moral disintegration. Do not quote me as saying that science has made us bad.  But science has not made us [morally] better.” A.W. Tozer, “Faith Beyond Reason”, pp. 123-124.

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