A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, Thomas a Kempis, and Nicholas of Cusa

God’s WORD

    “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

    “He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions
    and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings,
    evil surmisings,

    “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”—1 Timothy 6:3–5

Thomas a Kempis
Thomas a Kempis wrote a very mystical, unbiblical book, The Imitation of Christ, which apparently had a major influence on Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, especially Chapter 6: The Speaking Voice.

Excerpt from Pursuit of God, Chapter 5: The Universal Presence

    “Pick at random a score of great saints whose lives and testimonies are widely known. Let them be Bible characters or well known Christians of post-Biblical times…how unlike each other were John and Paul, St. Francis and Luther, Finney and Thomas a Kempis…

    “Yet they all walked, each in his day, upon a high road of spiritual living
    far above the common way…I venture to suggest that the one vital
    quality which they had in common was spiritual receptivity…”

JTB comment: What they all had in common was that they were sinners.

God’s WORD
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
—Romans 3:23

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
—Romans 5:12

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
—1 Corinthians 15:22

Nicholas of Cusa
Excerpt from Pursuit of God, Chapter 7: The Gaze of the Soul

    “‘When all my endeavour is turned toward Thee because all Thy endeavour is turned toward me; when I look unto Thee alone with all my attention, nor ever turn aside the eyes of my mind, because Thou dost enfold me with Thy constant regard…’ So wrote Nicholas of Cusa four hundred years ago.

    “I should like to say more about this old man of God. He is not much known today anywhere among Christian believers, and among current Fundamentalists he is known not at all. I feel that we could gain much
    from a little acquaintance with men of his spiritual flavor and the school
    of Christian thought which they represent…

    “Nicholas was a true follower of Christ, a lover of the Lord, radiant and shining in his devotion to the Person of Jesus. His theology was orthodox, but fragrant and sweet…says Nicholas…’With Thee, to behold is to give life; ’tis unceasingly to impart sweetest love of Thee; ’tis to inflame me to love of Thee by love’s imparting, and to feed me by inflaming, and by feeding to kindle my yearning, and by kindling to make me drink of the
    dew of gladness, and by drinking to infuse in me a fountain of life,
    and by infusing to make it increase and endure.’

    “When the habit of inwardly gazing Godward becomes fixed within us we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life more in keeping with the promises of God and the mood of the New Testament. The Triune God will be our dwelling place even while our feet walk the low road of simple duty here among men. We will have found life’s summum bonum indeed…”
    [the Cusa quotes are from, Nicholas of Cusa, The Vision of God

God’s WORD
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”—1 John 2:5

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”—Romans 10:3

    Nicholas of Cusa integralscience.org/cusa.html
    “Divinity is the enfolding and unfolding of everything that is. Divinity is in all things in such a way that all things are in Divinity.”—Nicolas of Cusa

    Nicholas of Cusa (1401 to 1464) was a philosopher, theologian, mathematician, and an astronomer whose writings influenced the development of Renaissance mathematics and science, and is widely considered as one of the greatest geniuses and polymaths of the 15th century. As a German Roman Catholic cardinal, Nicholas served as a
    papal legate to three popes.

    Nicholas of Cusa was noted for his deeply mystical writings, particularly
    on the possibility of knowing God with the divine human mind…His first
    and most famous treatise, On Learned Ignorance , is a
    mystical discourse on the finite and the infinite.

    The fundamental insight that inspired Nicholas’s thought and writing on metaphysical topics, came from a mystical illumination in 1437, during a journey home from Constantinople.

    Nicholas described this vision as his gift from God which provided him…
    a way of viewing opposites as coincident from the point of view of infinity. According to Nicholas, this logic of infinitude unites opposites, transcends comparison, overcomes limits of discursive reasoning, and goes beyond both positive and negative theology.

Nicholas was influenced by Plato and Neoplatonic thinkers, and drew inspiration from Dionysius, Meister Eckhart, Anselm of Canterbury, and Ramon Lull.

God’s WORD

    “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”—Acts 20:29

    “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”—Ephesians 5:6
    “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

    “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”—1 John 4:15, 16

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Tozer the Mystic, Part 2, What is wrong with Pursuing God?
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Unbiblical and/or mystical phrases, in The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
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JTB series: Scripture compared with some phrases in The Pursuit of God

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