For years I have been reading (and rereading ) Tozer’s book, That Incredible Christian. It is a fascinating (and challenging) book.
In the Introduction, the editor astutely stated:
“Someone said that while Dr. A. W. Tozer always sought to introduce sinners to their Savior, he longed to help saints to see the greatness of God and to experience the life of victory and joy through surrender and faith. This theme — recognizing God for who He is, giving Him the worship and honor due Him — was particularly dominant in Dr. Tozer’s later writings.
To know God requires, first of all, a right relationship to Him. It requires time, and this we must give [ourselves]. It requires also faith and knowledge, and this God gives us as we humbly seek Him. And because we cannot know God apart from the illuminating Holy Spirit, we must welcome Him, allowing Him to indwell and possess us.
The reader will find each chapter in this book complete in itself, and one may speak to him more than another. There is, however, progression, and the greater profit will come from at least one consecutive reading. [And I have done many]
The chapters were selected to instruct the heart that seeks to “follow on to know the Lord.” Such a life may not be always easy, but at last, it will be all that really matters.
— Anita M. Bailey, former managing editor, the Alliance Witness
For the rare ones who are not familiar with Tozer, he “began his ‘lifelong pursuit of God’ at the age of seventeen after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. A self-taught theologian, Tozer was a pastor, writer, and editor whose powerful use of words continues to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today’s reader. Among his best-loved books are the classics The Pursuit of God and The Attributes of God.”
As one reviewer aptly wrote,
“Excellent, required reading for every Christian! Like all of Tozer’s books, superlatives are in order here. It is simply well-written and challenging. If you like Tozer [which I do], you will like this book.”
I would like to restate that some, “If you like Tozer, you will LOVE this book.”
To give you a sample of what this book offers, Tozer writes:
In an effort to get the work of the Lord done we often lose contact with the Lord of the work and quite literally wear our people out as well. I have heard more than one pastor boast that his church was a “live” one, pointing to the printed calendar as a proof— something on every night and several meetings during the day. Of course, this proves nothing except that the pastor and the church are being guided by a bad spiritual philosophy. A great many of these time-consuming activities are useless and others plain ridiculous. “But,” say the eager beavers who run the religious squirrel cages, “they provide fellowship and they hold our people together.”
To this, I reply that what they provide is not fellowship at all, and if that is the best thing the church has to offer to hold the people together it is not a Christian church in the New Testament meaning of that word. The center of attraction in a true church is the Lord Jesus Christ….
If the many activities engaged in by the average church led to the salvation of sinners or the perfecting of believers they would justify themselves easily and triumphantly, but they do not. My observations have led me to the belief that many, perhaps most, of the activities engaged in by the average church do not contribute in any way to the accomplishing of the true work of Christ on earth. I hope I am wrong, but I am afraid I am right.
For those of you who are Pastors, or those working as missionaries through various ministries, I encourage you to read this book (over and over). Once it is in your hands, never lose it, because it will encourage you for years to come.
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