Tozer Devotional

Mon, December 04, 2017

Evaluation — Wise and Otherwise

It is unfortunate for the cause of truth that the thinnest skin in the world is that which wraps the saints. God’s children are as easily injured as new-hatched hummingbirds, and worst of all, they do not heal readily.

I was reminded of this some time ago when I wrote what was meant to be a good-natured, if realistic, appraisal of a bad book. Not morally bad, understand, but just bad as a book. I was not mad at anybody, and I even tried to soften my review with a bit of what I supposed was recognizable humor.

To the credit of the book’s author, he simply ignored me and my review; but a few of my friends were appalled by what I had written. They felt that I had, by my frankness, hurt my Christian testimony and sinned against the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace. Had I actually been living the victorious life, they reasoned, I would never have expressed myself so bluntly about a book written by another Christian.

I suppose there will always be sensitive souls who think that the only way to keep sweet is to keep quiet, and who mistake honesty for carnality. These tender-minded saints confuse humility with timidity and believe that credulity and sanctification are synonymous. As they see it, every book written by an evangelical, no matter how sub-standard it may be, should have the wholehearted endorsement of all other evangelicals. Anything less is uncharitable and un-Christian.

One result of this weak attitude is that mediocrity has become normal in the field of evangelical literature. Shoddy thinking and shoddier writing are accepted as earmarks of orthodoxy, to the grief of all better minds and to the delight of the enemies of Christ.

Verse

Each one should test his own actions. . . . Galatians 6:4a

Thought

There are times when our honest expression of an opinion will be misinterpreted, our motive and heart misread. It is well, at such times, to examine our heart and review the form of our expression to insure that we have spoken or written in love.

Prayer

Father, keep me from mediocrity but remind me, too, to test my actions, my words, my attitudes. For Jesus' sake.

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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 Size of the Soul Chapter 42 - Divine Love Is Neither Blind Nor Dumb

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