Tozer Devotional

Mon, August 20, 2018

Leaders: God-Chosen or Man-Chosen

There is great danger in our present-day evangelical circles that we place too great importance on conformity to authorities within the churches and so stifle whatever originality and daring there may be among us. That denomination is in grave peril when the only virtue required of its ministers is conformity and the only unforgivable ecclesiastical sin is insubordination.

This situation develops when church authorities are placed in office by machinery instead of being commissioned by the Holy Spirit. To stay in the ascendancy these leaders must demand and get conformity to protect rules on the part of those under them. Such as these would far rather preside over a denomination of mediocre conformists than to be embarrassed by the presence of anointed men of vision who might unwittingly steal the hearts of the people from them. Thus when a head appears slightly above the dead level of flat conformity it is gently lopped off, ostensibly to protect the work of the Lord, but actually to retain control of the ecclesiastical machine.

No Spirit-led man is afraid of losing his position in a Spirit-filled church. Where the church is conceived to be no more than an institution, then every man honored by a place on the hierarchical totem pole will seek to preserve his treasured niche, or to secure a higher one. Then he will look for a technique for survival, and over the years imposed conformity has been the one most frequently employed by the largest number.

Verse

There the hand of the LORD was upon him. Ezekiel 1:3

Thought

Blessed is the church that recognizes the hand of the Lord upon those whom He has prepared to lead. Seriously injured is the church that fails to do so and chooses to follow those whom God has not chosen.

Prayer

Father, may we clearly recognize those whom You have chosen and prepared to lead us.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 35 - Conformity, a Snare in Religion

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