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A.W. Tozer: “At the brink of Apostasy”


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2Ti 3:5-7:  “having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these. For of these are those who creep into houses and lead captive silly women loaded with sins, led away with different kinds of lusts, ever learning and never able to come to the full knowledge of the truth”  

The Evangelical church in America is facing some serious hazards that threaten to bring it to the brink of apostasy. My prayer is that it is not too late for an awakening that will lead to successful reformation. My use of the term ” Evangelical,” includes churches that are fundamental, full Gospel, holiness, Anabaptist and Pentecostal-all Evangelical churches that believe the Bible and proclaim Jesus Christ to be the only Savior of the world. I have nothing to say to any other church.

It is amazing to me how divided is the Evangelical church in America. A stanza of the hymn ” Onward Christian soldiers,” by Sabine-Gould (1834-1924) says it as it ought to be:

Like a mighty army

Moves the Church of God;

Brothers we are treading

Where the Saints have trod;

We are not divided  

All one body we

One in hope and doctrine

One in charity

The meaning of the words in this hymn is where God would have us stand as His Church in this generation. Let me go out on a limb a little bit and prophesy. I see the time coming when all the holy men whose eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit will desert worldly Evangelicalism, one by one. The house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God, a man in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, left among them.

I hear Jesus saying…..Mat 23:37-38: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left to you desolate”

As the Church now stands, the man who sees this condition of worldly evangelicalism is written off as somewhat fanatical. But the day is coming when the house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God among them. I would like to live long enough to watch this develop and see how things turn out. I would like to live to see the time when the men and woman of God-holy, separated and spiritually enlightened-walk out of the evangelical church and form a group of their own; when they get off the sinking ship and let her go down in the brackish and worldliness and form a new ark to ride out the storm

A.W. Tozer: The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual Lethargy, Chapter (1)

2 comments on “A.W. Tozer: “At the brink of Apostasy”

  1. These are very profound and prophetic words considering the fact that AW Tozer died in 1963. I have heard of AW Tozer for at least 25 years but I have never taken time to read any of his books. Thanks for the link, I just downloaded this book to my kindle. I look forward to reading this.

    • Davo i hope you’ll be blessed by the book! A Pastor/friend gave me a number of Tozer’s books (in paperback) some years ago. He had purchased them new when in collage. That was a looong time ago, Aha!

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