Category: Obedience

We Get Around It

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

The Lordship of Jesus is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to our hymnbooks, where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of pleasant religious emotion. The idea that the Man, Christ Jesus, has absolute and final authority over all its members in every detail of their lives is simply not accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians. To avoid the necessity of either obeying or rejecting the plain instruction of our Lord in the New Testament, we take refuge in a liberal interpretation of them. We find ways to avoid the sharp point of obedience, comfort carnality, and make the words of Christ of none effect. And the essence of it all is that “Christ simply could not have meant what He said.” Dare we admit that His teachings are accepted even theoretically only after they have been weakened by “interpretation” ? Dare we confess that even in our public worship, the influence of the Lord is very small?

We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere!

by A.W. Tozer

Guidance is By The Spirit

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

We can always trust the moving and the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives and experiences, but we cannot always trust our human leanings and our fleshly and carnal desires. That calls for another word of balance. We know that the emotional life is a proper and noble part of our total personality. But by its very nature, it is of secondary importance for religion lies in the will and so does righteousness. God never intended that such a being as mankind should become the mere plaything of his or her feelings. The only good that God recognizes is the willed good. The only valid holiness is a willed holiness. That is why I am always a little suspicious of the overly bubbly Christian who talks too much about himself or herself and not enough about Jesus. That is also why I am more than a little concerned about the professing Christian whose experience does not seem to have resulted in a true inner longing to be more like Jesus every day in thought, word, and deed!

by A.W. Tozer