Thursday, August 16, 2007

A.W. Tozer on Leadership Within Evangelicalism

"We might well pray for God to invade and conquer us, for until He does, we remain in peril from a thousand foes. We bear within us the seeds of our own disintegration. Our moral imprudence puts us always in danger of accidental or reckless self-destruction. The strength of our flesh is an ever present danger to our souls. Deliverance can come to us only by the defeat of our old life...God rescues us by breaking us, by shattering our strength and wiping out our resistance. Then He invades our natures with that ancient and eternal life which is from the beginning. So He conquers us and by that benign conquest saves us for Himself.

With this open secret awaiting easy discovery, why do we in almost all our busy activities work in another direction from this? Why do we build our churches upon human flesh? Why do we set such store by that which the Lord has long ago repudiated, and despise those things which God holds in such high esteem? For we teach men not to die with Christ but to live in the strength of their dying manhood. We boast not in our weakness but in our strength. Values which Christ has declared to be false are brought back into evangelical favor and promoted as the very life and substance of the Christian way. How eagerly do we seek the approval of this or that man of worldly reputation. How shamefully do we exploit the converted celebrity. Anyone will do to take away the reproach of obscurity from our publicity-hungry leaders: famous athletes, congressmen, world travelers, rich industrialists; before such we bow with obsequious smiles and honor them in our public meetings and in the religious press. Thus we glorify men to enhance the standing of the Church of God, and the glory of the Prince of Life is made to hang upon the transient fame of a man who shall die."

A.W. Tozer


Anonymous said...

Great quote from Tozer. Right on time for me today. Thanks.

Danny C.

Anonymous said...

Wade, I'm trying to leave a comment on Ben Cole's blog but get the message that I did not submit a valid e-mail site. Ben, if you read this, please let me know the problem. I like your comments and would like to contribute. Thanks.
And thank you, Wade, for letting me contact him in this way. I could not find his e-mail address on Baptist Blogger.
Florence in KY said...


Good to hear from my favorite Kenucky senior adult!

I'm not sure what the problem is Florence or I myself would help.

Tim Dahl said...


What was the date of the Klouda hiring?

Tim Dahl said...

June 2003

Anonymous said...

Wade, great quote eh!!! have a great weekend and looking forward to a great fall here at Emmanuel.

Ben Carr, Student Pastor/Refuge Campus Pastor said...

Thanks Ben for the quote.

It is a good one and I appreciate you sending it to me.

Kevin said...

What book is this from? said...


My bad Tim. I went back and reread the post I wrote on the hiring of Sheri Klouda. The vote for her hiring was April 2002. Patterson was hired June 2003.