AW Tozer Examines the State of the Church

The church began in power, moved in power, and moved just as long as she had power. When she no longer had power she dug in for safety and sought to conserve her gains. But her blessings were like the manna: when they tried to keep it overnight it bred worms and stank.” A. W. Tozer

…okay, this guy is just mean… or honest? I love Church history! Still, while commanded to remember, I’m very much aware that we’re not called to hibernate in the bindings of days gone by… but instead to make Church history for future generations. My problem? Getting out of the books and moving something (my DI’s favorite words from many years ago… “Don’t just stand there, MOVE something!”). Will ours go down in history as a generation of broken and willing vessels surrendered to the call of the Gospel?

“And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” — Luke 10:2

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10 Responses to AW Tozer Examines the State of the Church

  1. jelillie says:

    A really good question. In pondering it may we find the power to move forward!

  2. sisterdot56 says:

    MY MORNDAY ,,HI TOO MY FRIENDS BE BLESSET IN THE LORD,,,,SIS DOT…………………………………….“What a glorious Lord! He who daily bears our burdens also gives us our salvation” Psalm 68:19

    Did it ever occur to you that you are disobeying God when you carry your own burdens, when you are worried, frustrated and confused over circumstances? That is exactly what God’s Word says.

    In 1 Peter 5:7, God gives a specific command to His children, “Cast…all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you“. Not to cast all of one’s cares upon the Lord is to disobey Him and to deny oneself that supernatural walk with God among men.

    Is it not logical to believe that He who loved us so much that He was willing to give His only begotten Son would also be faithful to keep His promise to bear our burdens daily?

    As the psalmist so aptly states, the Lord bears our burdens on a daily basis for the believer, the day will never come when God fails to carry our load, to strengthen us, to impart power to us through His indwelling Holy Spirit – if we but ask.

    Marvel of marvels, the psalmist points out, our heavenly Father not only is our great burden-bearer; He is also the very one who gives us our salvation and the assurance of eternal life. How could anyone ask for more!

    With the sure knowledge that our sins are forgiven (salvation) and the assurance that He knows all about every burden we face – more important, He bears them for us – our lives should reflect honor and glory to Him by the way in which we share His blessings and the message of His great love with others.

    Provision for the supernatural life is promised in the Old Testament as well as the New, as evidenced by this glorious promise in the Psalms

  3. robind333 says:

    For me it’s getting back to the basics of Jesus’s message and remembering although he is a God of love, he also is a God of justice. Man(all humans) don’t seem to “FEAR” God any longer. We disregard what the Bible teaches in lieu of our “own” self interest. And believe me, those who choose self interest over God and his work will pay the consequences. Wonderful post!!! Many, many blessings to you…Robin

  4. >> “I love Church history!”
    I think of the old saying “The thing we learn from history is that we DON”T learn from history.

    >> “Will ours go down in history as a generation of broken and willing vessels surrendered to the call of the Gospel?
    The Church today is so diverse. The Church in Korea and China is thriving. The Church in America, Australia, UK – well, thankfully there are pockets of the “real” Church – broken and willing vessels – that are alive and producing fruit, but I wonder at the ‘entertainment groups’ or the ‘social club groups’ or the ‘fit all groups’ or the politically correct groups etc and wonder why they call themselves a Church.

    Australia, many years ago was named by the Spanish explorers “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”. How I pray that would become true!

    It is past time for all the “broken and willing vessels surrendered to the call of the Gospel” to, as you say, MOVE. Time is running out. If we don’t move soon, it will be too late.

    We are one day closer!

  5. granbee says:

    I often think that The Church is its truest self when most endangered.

  6. Wesley says:

    “Will ours go down in history as a generation of broken and willing vessels surrendered to the call of the Gospel?”

    The church’s power is not limited to the Gospel. I believe that is why the church mine as well be non-existent today because the church never teaches anything beyond that, and so the majority of the congregation remain newborns and are never capable of fighting a battle in order to make history.

  7. Wayne Augden says:

    The problem with history is that too many people don’t look back and closely examine what happened in order to learn it’s lessons. The only time History influences the “Here and Now” is when it’s made alive. When it’s brought into the presence of people’s daily lives and given application in how to live life better. History doesn’t become history until we stop learning from it and living it’s lessons in our lives…

  8. literary lew says:

    I like your emphasis on MAKING church history. I think of it as the Word being made flesh in our time, the Spirit of God becoming articulate in the warp and woof of our day to day lives. There is a line from an old Leonard Cohen tune that I like, “Oh bless this continual stutter of the Word being made flesh.”

    Thanks for the Tozer. I like him.

  9. jaxchaplain says:

    Reblogged this on Chaplain's Corner and commented:
    My heart shouted Amen to this. I had to share it!

  10. Christina says:

    Challenging words! Thank you!

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