The Deep Cry of Every Man

This “What shall we do?” is the deep heart cry of every man who suddenly realizes that he is a usurper and sits on a stolen throne.  However painful, it is precisely this acute moral consternation that produces true repentance and makes a robust Christian after the penitent has been dethroned and has found forgiveness and peace through the gospel.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 25

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Sin in its Concentrated Essence

That is sin in its concentrated essence; yet because it is natural it appears to be good.  It is only when in the gospel the soul is brought before the face of the Most Holy One without the protective shield of ignorance that the frightful incongruity is brought home to the conscience.  In the language of evangelism the man who is thus confronted by the fiery presence of Almighty God is said to be under conviction.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 25

This is True Freedom

The gospel makes us extrospective, turning our gaze upward to God in faith and outward to  our neighbor in love.  This is true freedom – freedom from sin’s guilt and tyranny, so that we can actually love people as gifts instead of debts.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 198

But This is to Deny the Gospel

Instead of following the example of John the Baptist, who pointed away from himself to “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29), we offer our own lives and transformations as the good news.  But this is to deny the gospel and therefore to cut off the power of true godliness and neighbor love at its root.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 156

More Than Heroes, We Need a…

Of course, we need people to look up to, especially in an age of acute ambition – which is another good reason to have older saints, mentoring the younger.  More than heroes, though, we need a Savior.  Then we also need ordinary people around us who exemplify godly qualities and take the time to invest in our lives.  Paul even called his young apprentices and churches to follow his example.  Yet the characteristics he mentions are his undistracted focus on the gospel, humility, love for all the saints and contentment (II Thessalonions 3:9)

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 154-155