What the Cross Does and Does Not Do to the Sinner

The Cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him.  It gears him in to a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect.  To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.”  To the egotist, it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.”  To the thrill-seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.”  The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.

A.W. Tozer

as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 101

Oh ‘Christian,’ In This, Do Not Persist

And to expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.

– A.W. Tozer

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 119

We Have a Cheap, Synthetic Power as a Substitute

We may as face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low.  We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher pleasure in the things of the Spirit is all but gone…[We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap, synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.

– A.W. Tozer

as quoted by – Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 27

The Gravest Question Before the Church and Man

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.  For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.

– A.W. Tozer

as quoted by Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 30