The Tozer Anthology
As reported in the Sept/Oct 2015 issue.
Compiled by Harry Verploegh
There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its Biblical sense, but something else and something less.
The Bible [. . .] is more than a volume of hitherto unknown facts about God, man and the universe. It is a Book of exhortation based upon those facts. By far the greater portion of the Book is devoted to an urgent effort to persuade people to alter their ways and bring their lives into harmony with the will of God as set forth in its pages.
Theological truth is useless until it is obeyed. The purpose behind all doctrine is to secure moral action.
As long as people can hear orthodox truth divorced from life they will attend and support churches and institutions without objection. The truth is a lovely song, become sweet by long and tender association; and since it asks nothing but a few dollars, and offers good music, pleasant friendships and a comfortable sense of well-being, it meets with no resistance from the faithful. Much that passes for New Testament Christianity is little more than objective truth sweetened with song and made palatable by religious entertainment.
The Holy Scriptures tell us [. . .] what we are, who we are, how we got here, why we are here and what we are required to do while we remain here.
—from Of God and Men. Originally published in the Alliance Weekly, October 28, 1981.
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