Tag: Arrogance

Self-sins!

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

We all have a number of self-sins: self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-worth, self-love and
a host of others like them!

These self-sins are not something we do, they are something we are–and therein lies both their subtlety and their power. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures, to come to our attention–until the light of God is focused upon them.

The grosser manifestations of these sins–egotism, pride, arrogance, self-elevation, self-promotion–are strangely tolerated in Christian leaders, even in circles of impeccable orthodoxy! They are so much in evidence as actually, for many people, to become identified with the gospel. I trust that it is not a cynical observation to say that they appear these days to be a requisite for popularity in some sections of the visible Church.

Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ–is currently so common as to excite little notice!

“They do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely” Philippians 1:17

by A.W. Tozer

 

Mean Spiritedness

Ron Graham 90x115by Ron Graham

“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” Isaiah 5:14.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed the incredible change in people’s attitudes of late. Unless you’ve been holed up in a cave somewhere or stranded on a desert island you must agree with me that a malicious mindset has emerged and it’s something that every Christian will be subjected to in some way at some point in their walk with Christ. In His Word, our Lord Jesus tells us that a spirit of wickedness would be the norm in the last days.

There’s a growing gap between people and their ideas concerning what’s right and what’s wrong. There’s nothing new about people having opposing views, it’s just that lately it has become dangerous to express those views. It seems that these days even friendly disagreements can turn into an exchange of verbal abuse, ultimately turning into physical altercations. These are not isolated events but are actually occurring every day and in every walk of life.