A. W. Tozer, Pursuit of God, the Chinese sage, Laotze, and Faber, the Catholic Hymnwriter

God’s WORD

    “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”—2 Timothy 3:5

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
    —Matthew 7:15

    “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”—2 John 9

    “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”
    —Titus 2:1

Chinese sage, Lao-tze
Pursuit of God Chapter 3: Removing the Veil

    “That is the first step, and as the Chinese sage Lao-tze has said,
    ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.'”

    Laozi
    Lao tzu (Lao Tse, Laotze, Lao Zi) was a philosopher of ancient China and
    is a central figure in Taoism. Laozi, or Old Master, is revered as a god in religious forms of Taoism. In the Taoist religion, Laozi, is also referred to as “One of the Three Pure Ones”.

    Laozi is traditionally regarded as the founder of Taoism, intimately connected with the Tao Te Ching and original Taoism. As Taoism took root, Laozi was recognized as a god. Belief in the revelation of the Dao from the divine Laozi resulted in the formation of the Way of the Celestial Master, the first organized religious Taoist sect.

Frederick Faber
Pursuit of God Chapter 3: Removing the Veil

    “Frederick Faber was one whose soul panted after God…and the measure in which God revealed Himself to his seeking heart set the good man’s whole life afire with a burning adoration rivaling that of the seraphim before the throne…

    “His love for the Person of Christ was so intense that it threatened to consume him; it burned within him as a sweet and holy madness and flowed from his lips like molten gold…And addressing our Lord directly
    he says to Him: ‘I love Thee so, I know not how My transports to control;

    Thy love is like a burning fire Within my very soul.’

    “Faber’s blazing love extended also to the Holy Spirit…He literally pressed his forehead to the ground in his eager fervid worship of the Third Person of the Godhead.

    “…Such worship as Faber knew…can never come from a mere doctrinal knowledge of God. Hearts that are ‘fit to break’ with love for the Godhead are those who have been in the Presence and have looked with opened eye upon the majesty of Deity. Men of the breaking hearts had a quality about them not known to or understood by common men…They had been in the Presence of God…”

God’s WORD
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”—John 15:26

“Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see…”
—1 Timothy 6:16

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:”
—2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8

    About Frederick William Faber Frederick William Faber (1814 to 1863) was an enthusiastic follower of John Henry Newman, a major convert to Catholicism. Faber also converted to Roman Catholicism in November 1845, about three years after being ordained an Anglican minister. Fredrick Faber is mainly remembered as a hymn writer.

    Since the English Roman Catholics did not necessarily feel comfortable singing the hymns of their Protestant neighbors, Faber, as a Catholic, wrote hymns suitable for Roman Catholic congregational singing. “Faith of Our Fathers” and “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” composed by Faber are often in ‘Protestant’ hymnals.

God’s WORD

    “For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.”—Psalm 5:9

    “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

    “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers…Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”
    —Titus 1:9–11

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