Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Pursuit of God: The Universal Presence

Today a rationalized hollow religion runs rampant throughout western Christianity. It aches me to read these poignant words from Tozer, written nearly half a century ago, that are still just as valid today as yesterday.
"The idea of cultivation and exercise, so dear to the saints of old, has now no place in our total religious picture. It is too slow, too common. We now demand glamor and fast-flowing dramatic action. A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals. We have been trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations with God. We read our chapter, have our short devotions and rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward bankruptcy by attending another gospel meeting or listening to another thrilling story told by a religious adventurer lately returned from afar.

The tragic results of this spirit are all about us: shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit. These and such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul." (Pg. 65)
I took a short break from blogging to celebrate with friends and family the fact that truly God is with us. I hope you were able to find a renewed sense of joy, peace, purpose, and hope throughout this Christmas season.

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Chapter 1: Following Hard After God
Chapter 2: The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing
Chapter 3: Removing the Veil
Chapter 4: Apprehending God
Chapter 5: The Universal Presence
Chapter 8: Restoring the Creator-Creation Relation

1 comment:

Phil Smoke said...

I need to read Tozer so badly!