Talk:Aiden Wilson Tozer
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Please cite sources when re-adding quotes to the article. ~ Ningauble 12:32, 18 March 2009 (UTC)
- A real Christian is an odd number, anyway. He feels supreme love for the One whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible; hears the inaudible’ and knows that which passeth understanding.
- Faith is seeing the invisible, but not the non-existent.
- Our religious activities should be ordered in such a way as to leave plenty of time for the cultivation of the fruits of solitude and silence.
- Historians will conclude that we of the 20th century had the genius to create a great civilization, But we lacked the moral wisdom to preserve it.
- I have found God to be cordial and generous and in every way easy to live with.
- here's a test to see if your mission in life is finished, if you're still alive it's not
- The Spirit-led life is a clear, logical and rational life...You and I must have the courage that belongs to our sound Christian faith and we must stop this ignoble apologising and cease to take this whipped spaniel attitude out in the world. There is no reason why we should, like a paddled cocker spaniel, look sad and dreary and apologetic and cringe and crawl before the world. The world has nothing we want and we have no cause to apologise to the world. We are believers in a faith that is as well authenticated as any solid fact of life and what we believe and the links in the chain of evidence are clear and rational so that instead of apologising we should boldly assert. If we believed in ourselves and in the faith we hold with the fanaticism that the communist believes in his devil-inspired doctrines, the church could go off the defensive and over to the offensive. Communists never apologise. Christians always do and that’s why we’re where we are..The church has a right to rejoice. Christ the Lord is risen today and our sun sets in blood no more. Marvellous imagery! Marvellous scriptural imagery that Wesley wove into that hymn! And if we half believed it we’d go off the defensive and over to the attack and so instead of crawling before the world in lulled, still tones, well we would frankly and boldly assert that Jesus Christ is risen and what are you going to do about that great fact? from a sermon on The Abundant Mercy of God.
- I say that Peter blessed the Lord God but he wasn’t simply letting himself go like an old lady in the camp meeting. There were particularly sound theological reasons for saying ‘Blessed be the Lord’ He blessed Him because He had begotten us again and because it was through His abundant mercy that he did it and the hope that He had begotten us to is a living hope, not a dead one. I point out that the Spirit-led Christian life is not according to whim, or impulse, or caprice and yet I know Christians who feel you cannot be spiritual without being capricious and that the more impulsive you are, the more spiritual you are...There was nothing like that among the apostles. They were Spirit-led and they were likely to do always what God wanted them to do and somehow or other it so turned out that as it properly should that what God wanted them to do perfectly fit [sic] in with the total scheme of redemption and of the will of God in heaven...Peter was no good to God until he got over being whimsical and temperamental. As long as he was a temperamental fellow scolding the Lord for this, for that, he was no good to the Lord, he was a pest but when he got filled with the Holy Ghost and got a vision or two and got suffering a little...then he became a great apostle second only to Paul in the New Testament. God had to take ‘lightning changes’ out of Peter and settle him down into the harness where he could work for the Lord... from a sermon on The Abundant Mercy of God.