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    This article brings out a very important truth. If you abandon The Lord's Truth, and go your own way instead, than you are responsible for the consequences.

    But if you stick to the truths of the Lord, He is responsible for the consequences.

    God is far more able to protect you than you are.


    THE GREAT TEST: Modifying the Truth

    by A.W. Tozer


    ... Every church member, every evangelist, every Christian has to

    make this decision. It is a matter of judgment...


    The question is this: Shall we modify the truth in doctrine or

    practice to gain more adherents? Or shall we preserve the truth

    in doctrine and practice and take the consequences? If the decision

    is that we modify the truth and practice of the church, then we are

    responsible for the consequences, whatever they may be. God

    already knows what the consequences are, and history has shown

    what they are. But if we choose to preserve the truth, then God

    accepts the responsibility.


    Business people have to make that choice in business. Everyone

    has to make it at income tax time. Students have to make it in

    school. We have to make it everywhere in our lives as we touch

    society. Shall we preserve the truth and the practice of the truth,

    or shall we alter it just comfortably in order to be more popular,

    gain more adherents and get along easier in the world?


    Actually such a question should never need to be asked. It is like

    asking, "Should a man be faithful to his wife?" There is only one

    answer to that question. When we ask, "Shall we preserve the

    truth and practice of the church, or shall we modify it for immediate

    and visible results?" we ought to have only one answer. It is not

    a debatable question, and yet it is one that has to be constantly

    debated in the secret prayer chamber. It is constantly debated

    when conferences meet, when boards meet and when a pastor

    must make a decision.


    A commitment to preserving the truth and practice of the church

    is what separates me from a great many people who are perhaps

    far greater than I am in ability. This is my conviction, long held

    and deeply confirmed by a knowledge of the fact that modern

    gospel churches, almost without exception, have decided to

    modify the truth and practice a little in order to have more

    adherents and get along better. When we make a decision to

    modify the truth, we bring the consequences of that choice upon

    ourselves. What have the consequences been?


    One has been an absence of a spirit of worship in the church.

    Many people do not even know what is meant by a spirit of

    worship. That is tragic. I wish God would either change things

    a little or give me a sight of His glory among His people. I admit

    that sometimes I feel like the man of God who said,


    Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!

    I would fly away and be at rest-

    I would flee far away

    and stay in the desert. (Psalm 55:6-7)


    Many of the Lord´s people do not know what you mean when you

    mention a spirit of worship in the church. They are poor victims

    of boards, churches, denominations and pastors who have made

    the noble decision to modify the truth and practice a little. But

    God responded, "If you do, I will withdraw from you the spirit of

    worship. I will remove your candlestick."


    ~Source-


    Rut, Rot or Revival, A.W. Tozer

    www.sentinellenehemie.free.fr/awtozer1_gb.html



  • #2
    He focuses on truth in doctrine and practice. Because his criticism is vague it is impossible to address particulars of doctrine or practice.

    A. W. Tozer served 44 years in ministry, as pastor for 30 years at Southside Alliance Church, in Chicago (1928 to 1959),

    and the final years of his life were spent as pastor of Avenue Road Church, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    His last message, The Waning Authority of Christ in the Churches, printed in the Alliance Weekly and dated May 15, 1963, was published 3 days after his death.

    In observing contemporary Christian living, he felt the church was on a dangerous course toward compromising with "worldly" concerns.

    Rev. Tozer’s many, many comments about the compromise of the “Gospel church” must be placed in the context that he spent his entire ministry in institutional churches. In spite of this, he has ever since been a favorite with those who find fault with the churches.

    A second recognition comes from Christian history. There have always been those who have voiced the concerns similar to A. W. Tozer. Many of those admired men of Church history said similar things. Having so many denominations is the evidence that many have disagreed with the status quo. The lack of discipleship within the churches is observable with the epistles of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.

    For some devout men it seems it is the norm not to recognize devotion in others and to disapprove of worship different from their own as inauthentic. Without doubt the self taught Christian pastor was a genius. However, as has been observed in other men of genius, their super intellect can interfere with the humility to see some things - especially the spiritual life of others.

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    • #3
      I don't think he was off. Men of great personal conviction in every generation observed that the church was on a course of compromise, and at an alarming rate. Today I can see that we are no longer on course. What is called "the church" seems to have arrived. I have the same trouble as Tozer, a seldom glimpse of His glory here and there among His people. It is a bleak view to have. I too hope for change. I read a devotional today by Tozer that was rousing. I'll see if I can find it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Baruch View Post
        **Do You Want Revival?
        A.W. Tozer

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
          This article brings out a very important truth. If you abandon The Lord's Truth, and go your own way instead, than you are responsible for the consequences.

          But if you stick to the truths of the Lord, He is responsible for the consequences.

          God is far more able to protect you than you are.


          THE GREAT TEST: Modifying the Truth

          by A.W. Tozer


          ... Every church member, every evangelist, every Christian has to

          make this decision. It is a matter of judgment...


          The question is this: Shall we modify the truth in doctrine or

          practice to gain more adherents? Or shall we preserve the truth

          in doctrine and practice and take the consequences? If the decision

          is that we modify the truth and practice of the church, then we are

          responsible for the consequences, whatever they may be. God

          already knows what the consequences are, and history has shown

          what they are. But if we choose to preserve the truth, then God

          accepts the responsibility.


          Business people have to make that choice in business. Everyone

          has to make it at income tax time. Students have to make it in

          school. We have to make it everywhere in our lives as we touch

          society. Shall we preserve the truth and the practice of the truth,

          or shall we alter it just comfortably in order to be more popular,

          gain more adherents and get along easier in the world?


          Actually such a question should never need to be asked. It is like

          asking, "Should a man be faithful to his wife?" There is only one

          answer to that question. When we ask, "Shall we preserve the

          truth and practice of the church, or shall we modify it for immediate

          and visible results?" we ought to have only one answer. It is not

          a debatable question, and yet it is one that has to be constantly

          debated in the secret prayer chamber. It is constantly debated

          when conferences meet, when boards meet and when a pastor

          must make a decision.


          A commitment to preserving the truth and practice of the church

          is what separates me from a great many people who are perhaps

          far greater than I am in ability. This is my conviction, long held

          and deeply confirmed by a knowledge of the fact that modern

          gospel churches, almost without exception, have decided to

          modify the truth and practice a little in order to have more

          adherents and get along better. When we make a decision to

          modify the truth, we bring the consequences of that choice upon

          ourselves. What have the consequences been?


          One has been an absence of a spirit of worship in the church.

          Many people do not even know what is meant by a spirit of

          worship. That is tragic. I wish God would either change things

          a little or give me a sight of His glory among His people. I admit

          that sometimes I feel like the man of God who said,


          Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!

          I would fly away and be at rest-

          I would flee far away

          and stay in the desert. (Psalm 55:6-7)


          Many of the Lord´s people do not know what you mean when you

          mention a spirit of worship in the church. They are poor victims

          of boards, churches, denominations and pastors who have made

          the noble decision to modify the truth and practice a little. But

          God responded, "If you do, I will withdraw from you the spirit of

          worship. I will remove your candlestick."


          ~Source-


          Rut, Rot or Revival, A.W. Tozer

          www.sentinellenehemie.free.fr/awtozer1_gb.html

          I think sometimes like, yeah! Get em God! But then I remember I'm just as guilty as everyone else is. Scary thoughts.

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          • #6
            No matter what someone thinks of Tozer, the truth brought out by The Holy Spirit in his message can not be criticized by any valid reasoning:

            This article brings out a very important truth. If you abandon The Lord's Truth, and go your own way instead, then you are responsible for the consequences.

            But if you stick to the truths of the Lord, He is responsible for the consequences.

            God is far more able to protect you than you are.

            Certainly anyone is far better off following the Truth of Christ than following any doctrine of their own making. No mere man can protect himself from eternal harm, but Christ alone can protect us from any eternal harm.

            We are far better off following Christ than our own devices. No matter what persecution may result from following His truth, it is very temporary. But the harm that comes from going our own way it eternal. Forever is a very long time.

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