The Tozer Anthology
As reported in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue.
Compiled by Harry Verploegh
It is ironical that the devil gives the world all of its extremists in every realm—entertainment, politics, society, education, anarchy, intrigue—you name it! Yet it is the same devil that frightens believers about the great danger of becoming “extreme.”
There are religious sects whose witnesses are willing to go to jail, to be pushed around, to be lampooned for the sake of a miserable, twisted doctrine! But in our Christian ranks, we prefer to be respectable and smooth, and we have a reputation for being very solemn Christian believers.
Many solemn, professing Christians will never make any spiritual progress and will never really be happy in the Lord until God finds some way to shake them out of their deadly respectability!
There also seems to be a chilling fear of holy enthusiasm among the people of God. We try to tell how happy we are—but we remain so well-controlled that there are very few waves of glory experienced in our midst.
We have often failed and have not been overcomers because our trying and striving have been in our own strength.
On the basis of grace as taught in the Word of God, when God forgives a man, He trusts him as though he had never sinned.
—from I Talk Back to the Devil. Originally published in The Alliance Witness, September 16, 1981.
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