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The Tozer Anthology

As reported in the June 1, 2013 issue.

Compiled by Harry Verploegh

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Prayer is not a surefire protection against error for the reason that there are many kinds of prayer and some of them are worse than useless.

In spite of the difficulties we encounter when we pray, prayer is a powerful and effective way to get right, stay right and stay free from error.

We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.

Faith is not optimism, though it may breed optimism; it is not cheerfulness, though the man of faith is likely to be reasonably cheerful; it is not a vague sense of well-being or a tender appreciation for the beauty of human togetherness. Faith is confidence in God’s self-revelation as found in the Holy Scriptures.

Evangelicals . . . appear to be divided into two camps—those who trust the human intellect to the point of sheer rationalism, and those who are shy of everything intellectual and are convinced that thinking is a waste of the Christian’s time.

Surely both are wrong. Self-conscious intellectualism is offensive to man and, I am convinced, to God also, but it is significant that every major revelation in the Scriptures was made to a man of superior intellect. It would be easy to marshal an imposing list of Biblical quotations exhorting us to think, but a more convincing argument is the whole drift of the Bible itself. The Scriptures simply take for granted that the saints of the Most High will be serious-minded, thoughtful persons. They never leave the impression that it is sinful to think.

—from That Incredible Christian, originally published in The Alliance Witness, November 26, 1980.

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