Tag: Christianity

Christianity is just the jolliest thing imaginable!

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Professing Christians think of the world not as a battleground, but as a playground!

We are not here to fight–we are here to frolic! We are not in a foreign land–we are at home. We try to rid ourselves of our inhibitions and our frustrations, and live this life to the full.

This, we believe, is a fair summary of the religious philosophy of modern professors, openly professed by millions, and tacitly held by many more millions who live out that philosophy without having given it verbal expression.

The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground, has now been accepted in practice by the vast majority of professing Christians. They might hedge around the question if they were asked bluntly to declare their position, but their conduct gives them away. They are facing both ways, enjoying Christ and the world, gleefully telling everyone that accepting Jesus does not require them to give up their fun–Christianity is just the jolliest thing imaginable!

The “worship” growing out of such a view of life, is as far off center as the view itself–a sort of sanctified nightclub without the champagne and the dressed-up drunks.

by A.W. Tozer

Preventing Our Christianity from Invading Our Privacy

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Romans 6:12

“Things have come to a pretty pass,” said a famous Englishman testily, “when religion is permitted to interfere with our private lives.”

To which we may reply that things have come to a worse pass when an intelligent man living in a Protestant country could make such a remark. Had this man never read the New Testament? Had he never heard of Stephen? or Paul? or Peter? Had he never thought about the millions who followed Christ cheerfully to violent death, sudden or lingering, because they did allow their religion to interfere with their private lives?

But we must leave this man to his conscience and his Judge and look into our own hearts. Maybe he but expressed openly what some of us feel secretly. Just how radically has our religion interfered with the neat pattern of our own lives? Perhaps we had better answer that question first.

by A.W. Tozer