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    A.W. TOZER on TRUE PROPHETS


    Great industrial concerns have in their employ men who are needed only

    when there is a breakdown somewhere. When something goes wrong with

    the machinery, these men spring into action to locate and remove the

    trouble and get the machinery rolling again.


    For these men a smoothly operating system has no interest. They

    are specialists concerned with trouble and how to find and correct it.


    In the kingdom of God things are not too different. God has always had

    His specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown,

    the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the church. Such

    men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of their kind who

    appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke and exhort

    in the name of God and righteousness.


    A thousand or ten thousand ordinary priests or pastors or teachers

    could labor quietly on almost unnoticed while the spiritual life of

    Israel or the church was normal. But let the people of God go astray

    from the paths of truth and immediately the specialist appeared almost

    out of nowhere. His instinct for trouble brought him to the help of

    the Lord and of Israel.


    Such a man was likely to be drastic, radical, possibly at times

    violent, and the curious crowd that gathered to watch him work

    soon branded him as extreme, fanatical, negative. And in a sense they

    were right. He was single-minded, severe, fearless, and these were the

    qualities the circumstances demanded. He shocked some, frightened

    others and alienated not a few, but he knew who had called him and

    what he was sent to do. His ministry was geared to the emergency, and

    that fact marked him out as different, a man apart.


    To such men as this the church owes a debt too heavy to pay. The

    curious thing is that she seldom tries to pay him while he lives, but

    the next generation builds his sepulcher and writes his biography, as

    if instinctively and awkwardly to discharge an obligation the previous

    generation to a large extent ignored...


    [-From the Foreword to Leonard Ravenhill's "Why Revival Tarries". A

    brilliant book!]


    The historian D'Aubigne writes: "A great work of God is never

    accomplished by the natural strength of man. It is from the dry

    bones, the darkness and the dust of death, that God is pleased to

    select the instruments by means of which He designs to scatter over

    the earth His light, regeneration and life." [- D'Aubigne's "History of

    the Reformation"].


    Another writer has observed: "In the various crises that have

    occurred in the history of the church, men have come to the front who

    have manifested a holy recklessness that astonished their fellows.

    When Luther nailed his theses to the door of the cathe- dral at

    Wittemburg, cautious men were astonished at his audacity. When John

    Wesley ignored all church restrictions and religious propriety and

    preached in the fields and by-ways, men declared his reputation was

    ruined. So it has been in all ages. When the religious condition of

    the times called for men who were willing to sacrifice all for Christ,

    the demand created the supply, and there have always been found a few

    who have been willing to be regarded reckless for the Lord. An utter

    recklessness concerning men's opinions and other consequences is the

    only attitude that can meet the exigencies of the present times."

    [Quoted by Frank Bartleman in "Azusa Street", pg 46. (Also published

    as "Another Wave Rolls in"). - Another brilliant book!]
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