Tag: A.W. Tozer

More Than Pardon

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of. 2 Corinthians 7:10

It is a fact that the New Testament message of good news, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,” embraces a great deal more than an offer of free pardon. Surely it is a message of pardon—and for that may God be praised—but it is also a message of repentance! It is a message of atonement—but it is also a message of temperance and righteousness and godliness in this present world. It tells us that we must accept a Savior, but it tells us also that we must deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. The gospel message includes the idea of amendment, of separation from the world, of cross-carrying and loyalty to the Kingdom of God even unto death. These are all corollaries of the gospel and not the gospel itself; but they are part and parcel of the total message which we are commissioned to declare. No man has authority to divide the truth and preach only a part of it. To do so is to weaken it and render it without effect.

by A.W. Tozer

Where is the Radiance?

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself. 1 John 5:10

I keep looking, but with little success, for a distinguishing radiance in life and testimony among our evangelical Christians. Instead of an inner witness, too many professing Christians are depending upon logical conclusions drawn from Bible texts. They have no witness of an encounter with God, no awareness of inner change. I believe that where there is a divine act within the soul, there will be a corresponding awareness. This act of God is its own evidence: it addresses itself directly to the spiritual consciousness. Thankfully, there are elements that are always the same among men and women who have had a personal meeting with God. There is the compelling sense of God Himself—of His Person and of His Presence. From there on, the permanent results will be evident in the life and walk of the person touched as long as he or she lives!

by A.W. Tozer