A. W. Tozer - Index
Dealing with Resisters
An Excerpt from
Man: The Dwelling Place of God (p. 27)
Evangelism: Man-centered Christianity
by A. W. Tozer
"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.
--1 Chronicles 29:11
Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Saviour of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable.
This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrassing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show.
"Lord, take me to my knees this morning in worship. Then let me go to share with the world [especially with those to whom You have given ears to hear] a great and majestic God Who deserves their worship. Amen."
You may want to listen to this important sermon by Paul Washer: "Man Apart from God. It strengthens Tozer's message. I'm a little troubled by Washer's positive references to C.S. Lewis, but I really appreciate his much-needed teaching. This messages is excellent: I Am Not Ashamed of the TRUE Gospel"