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The Tozer Anthology

As reported in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue.

Compiled by Harry Verploegh

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The spiritual essence of a true church cannot be reproduced anywhere but in a company of renewed and inwardly united believers.

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The testimony of the true follower of Christ might well be something like this: The world’s pleasures and the world’s treasures henceforth have no appeal for me. I reckon myself crucified to the world and the world crucified to me. But the multitudes that were so dear to Christ shall not be less dear to me. If I cannot prevent their moral suicide, I shall at least baptize them with my human tears. I want no blessing that I cannot share. I seek no spirituality that I must win at the cost of forgetting that men and women are lost and without hope. If, in spite of all I can do, they will sin against light and bring upon themselves the displeasure of a holy God, then I must not let them go their sad way unwept.

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I scorn a happiness that I must purchase with ignorance. I reject a heaven that I must enter by shutting my eyes to the sufferings of my fellow men. I choose a broken heart rather than any happiness that ignores the tragedy of human life and human death. Though I, through the grace of God in Christ, no longer lie under Adam’s sin, I would still feel a bond of compassion for all of Adam’s tragic race, and I am determined that I shall go down to the grave or up into God’s heaven mourning for the lost and the perishing.

—from The Next Chapter After the Last. Originally published in Alliance Life, November 11, 1987

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