Discerning or Deceiving: The Ecumenism of Christian Worldview and A. W. Tozer

God’s WORD

    “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

    “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh
    the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts,
    lest they should believe and be saved.

    “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest
    and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring
    forth fruit with patience.”—Luke 8:11, 12, 15

    “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
    abideth for ever.”—1 Peter 1:23

    “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”—Luke 4:4

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

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”—2 Timothy 1:13

    “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.”—Titus 1:9

Jesus warns us four (4) times in Matthew to watch out for deception.

    “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”—Matthew 24:4

    “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”—Matthew 24:5

    “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
    —Matthew 24:11

    “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”—Matthew 24:24

Jesus warned about wolves, and said to check their fruit. Paul, too warned about wolves. Wolves are in the flock—not outside of the flock.

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes
    of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a
    corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
    —Matthew 7:15, 16, 18, 20

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

Jesus said that the wheat and tares grow up together.

    “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

    “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

    “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

    “So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

    “He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

    “But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

    “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”—Matthew 13:24–30

    “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.”
    —Matthew 3:12 and Luke 3:17

Are Discernment Ministries Discerning Deception
I have a concern that there are wolves and/or tares scattered amongst the many discernment ministries, and that they are diverting people with side issues, and
in essence deceiving people away from God’s Word.

My post today will address the failure of so-called discernment ministries to warn people regarding the error (incorrect doctrine) and ecumenism inherent in the Biblical/Christian Worldview philosophies and A. W. Tozer’s writings.

Ministries may be giving correct information and warnings, but we need to check their leaven status.

    “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”—Galatians 5:9

Of Christian or Biblical Worldview and Values/morals
My observation is that the “Biblical” or “Christian Worldview” (BWV) philosophy is a system of values/morals that people of diverse beliefs, whether biblical or not, can agree with, and therefore it is ecumenical. It appears to me to be the Roman Catholic common ground ploy that is used to get the focus off discerning God’s Word.

This ecumenical approach, then, focuses on moral or social issues, subtly deflecting people from the real truth of God’s Word, that God wants to save sinners, not cultures (as do the Roman Catholics).

The BWV philosophy completely misses the fact that we can not put a template of morality on people, nor can we humans keep or even want to keep the “morals” the BWV group wants to superimpose on everyone.

If they want to be Biblical about it, it is NOT their job, but the Holy Spirit’s job to convict sinners to repent and get forgiveness from a loving God, that will enable the forgiven sinner to walk in God’s ways.

The BWV does go along with an agenda to make everyone conform to a supposed “Christian” belief system so that there can be a “Christian” Government—another very unbiblical concept.

Chuck Colson says in this interview, that Christian Worldview was a common ground way to combine the beliefs Catholics and Protestants agreed on.
Chuck Colson Interview

A W Tozer, Mystic
Just as BWV is ecumenical, so too, are A W Tozer’s writings. Tozer’s books
and sermons are praised by a diverse group of belief systems: Pentecostal,
Charismatic, Reformed, Baptist, Calvinism, International House of Prayer
(IHOP), and Christian Missionary Alliance, to name a few. A number of
discernment ministries reference Tozer positively in their writings and
some sell his sermons or books online.

I do not understand this at all. Perhaps these folk are not aware of Tozer’s mystical teachings and were deceived by the parts of his writing wherein he advocates moral behavior and teaches against heresy.

A W Tozer, in my opinion, is a worse deceiver than any of the so-called emergent church leaders of today that discernment ministries correctly point out as mystical and contemplative.

Discerning Discernment Ministries
I suggest that you take any of your favorite discernment ministries and see if
they promote a Biblical Worldview, positively reference Tozer’s writings or sell
his sermons or books.

If Tozer is not readily apparent on a discernment site, try googling the name of the ministry or the person that heads up the ministry, and “Tozer”. You may be surprised. I know I was.

    God’s WORD
    “…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”—Luke 18:8

    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

    “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
    —Matthew 7:13, 14

    “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”—Ephesians 6:17

Posts relating to Biblical Worldview and morals/values
Culture and worldview
Background information on the Christian/Biblical Worldview
Some Christian/Biblical Worldview groups Awana to YWAM.
Christian Worldview Weekends
Timeline of Norman Geisler’s education, books, etc.
Some Culture/Family/Values Groups

JTB Series of Posts on Tozer which expose his mystic belief system
Conclusion of the Carmelite Order Posts or Why I am Writing about A W Tozer
Was A. W. Tozer a Mystic?
A. W. Tozer, the Mystic, Part 1
Tozer the Mystic, Part 2, What is wrong with Pursuing God?
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God and Augustine
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, von Hugel, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Cloud of Unknowing
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, the Chinese sage, Laotze, and Faber, the Catholic Hymnwriter
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, Thomas a Kempis, and Nicholas of Cusa
Unbiblical and/or mystical phrases, in The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
What is so appealing about The Pursuit of God, by A W Tozer?
More Unbiblical Quotes from A W Tozer
JTB series: Scripture compared with some phrases in The Pursuit of God

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