Tozer on the Church.

Still reading Tozer on the Spirit – Clearly, you need to get your hands on this book!  I am amazed at how much of what he says applies to the church today. 

I do not even know what to summarize – I think today I will go for some of the What’s Wrong quotes… 

“If we just stopped all our busyness; got quiet, worshipped God, and waited on Him; we would rise above the carnality of present Christians.  This does not make people love you to say this, and it certainly is not chapter two from How to Win Friends and Influence People.  But it is true nevertheless that the body of Christians is carnal.  We are a carnal bunch.  The Lord’s people ought to be sanctified, pure, clean people, but we are a carnal crowd.  We are carnal in our attitudes, carnal in our tastes and carnal in everything.  The conditions are so shockingly irreverent these days.” 

“We should be a spiritual body with social overtones.  Instead of that, most of our churches are social bodies with spiritual overtones.”

“Unless the Dove of God can come down with His wings outspread and make Himself known and felt among us, that which is fundamentalism today (1960’s) will in twenty-five years be liberalism.  You can be as certain of that.  And liberalism will be universalism because this vile world is not a friend of grace to lead us on to God.  We are going the other direction.”

“There has been a great blunder in more modern orthodoxy.  It is the erroneous assumption that spiritual truths can be intellectually perceived, and there have been far reaching conditions resulting from this.  It has shown itself in our preaching, in our praying and in our singing, and in our activity and in our thinking.”

Very prophetic insights….  I guess, perhaps because so much of my own thinking neglects a focus on the Holy Spirit, I did not expect so much of this book to touch on problems in the Church as a whole.  I anticipated a book on who He is, what He does… and much of it is a look at what life is like apart from the Spirit.  The Spirit is what is missing in the Church.  We have quenched Him…..

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Raquelamisto
    Apr 25, 2008 @ 10:12:19

    Good picks! The third one was SUPER interesting…


  2. Nicole
    Apr 26, 2008 @ 06:39:57

    Kind of what I thought too – Tozer said of himself somewhere in this book that he’s a prophet – and I can’t help but agree with him.


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