Bit of Tozer

Here follows today's devotional from our link with the teachings of A.W. Tozer. I remember when we had just arrived in Waterloo from Chatham and I was wondering about available Gospel radio broadcasting (1987). I was delighted to discover that every Thursday evening on community radio Howard Ellis hosted a couple of hours of Good News. He was never reluctant to read portions from the good old "chestnuts" including A.W.Tozer and Andrew Murray.

Ungodly Tolerance and Godly Intolerance

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I am convinced that a committed Christian will show a zealous concern for the cause of Christ. He or she will live daily with a set of spiritual convictions taken from the Bible. He or she will be one of the toughest to move—along with a God-given humility—in his or her stand for Christ. Why, then, have Christian ministers so largely departed from exhortations to love righteousness with a great, overwhelming love, and to hate iniquity with a deep, compelling revulsion?

People remark how favored the church is in this country. It does not have to face persecution and rejection. If the truth were known, our freedom from persecution is because we have taken the easy, the popular way. If we would love righteousness until it became an overpowering passion, if we would renounce everything that is evil, our day of popularity and pleasantness would quickly end. The world would soon turn on us.

We are too nice! We are too tolerant! We are too anxious to be popular! We are too quick to make excuses for sin in its many forms! If I could stir Christians around me to love God and hate sin, even to the point of being a bit of a nuisance, I would rejoice. If some Christian were to call me for counsel saying he or she is being persecuted for Jesus' sake, I would say with feeling, "Thank God!"

Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? . . . Habakkuk 1:3


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