Was A.W. Tozer Wrong?

Wednesday is for Discussion

tozer-1956My bride did it again. She passed on another worthy quote and perspective from A.W. Tozer. On one level, Tozer was just a man like any of us. But he was also a brilliant and devoted follower of Christ whose wisdom and insight have challenged millions.  Take a look at this quote and see why my wife is so excited to pass it on. Here’s the quote along with the Scripture that prompted it:

Evangelism: Not Willing to Take Contempt

“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
–Acts 20:24

We are 20th century Christians. Some of us are Christians only because it is convenient and pleasant and because it is not costing us anything. But here is the truth, whether we like it or not: the average evangelical Christian who claims to be born again and have eternal life is not doing as much to propagate his or her faith as the busy adherents of the cults handing out their papers on the street corners and visiting from house to house.

We are not willing to take the spit and the contempt and the abuses those cultists take as they knock on doors and try to persuade everyone to follow them in their mistaken beliefs. The cultists can teach us much about zeal and effort and sacrifice, but most of us do not want to get that serious about our faith–or our Savior.

—A.W. Tozer; Jesus Is Victor!114,115.


  1. Do Tozer’s words apply as well to the 21st century as they did in the 20th?
  2. What do we have to do about it? (Comment below)
  3. Would you pass this post on to as many people as possible and pray about what God wants you to do?

5 thoughts on “Was A.W. Tozer Wrong?

  1. ?1–Not only apply, but more so. I am convinced that we have continued to don cultural camouflage as our protective garb.
    ?2–I’m not sure but I do know that the solution begins with me.


  2. 1) Yes!!!
    2) Starts with us. (As John said) Go to the cross in deep repentance and faith (as you said). Through surrender, appropriation and faith, mortify our flesh with its ‘prideful self image,’ seeing it as the enemy to Christ it is. Then, in His strength–Go and Tell… speaking Truth in Love.
    3) Yes, doing it now.


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