Monthly Archives: January 2012

Revisiting A.W. Tozer, mystic

For we walk by faith, not by sight:—2 Corinthians 5:7

Dear friends,
It has been almost 3 years since my last major post, and my advice is still the same: please continue to be discerning and compare what you hear, see or read with what God wrote in his Book.

The Discernment ministries are still deceiving. They are ecumenical and mixing truth and error.

The original doctrines of many so-called Christian denominations never were biblical or based on just the Bible.

In almost every church which names the name of Christ, having your sins forgiven through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is not enough—there is something more you must do (or continue to do); or something you have to get.

I may write more on that subject in the distant future, but this post is about a comment I recently received on my areyouaware site. What follows is a large excerpt from a comment by “Paul (Continue in His Word).”

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Hello areyouaware.
Thank you for posting. After reading your findings on Tozer, I did a little more research and came to the same conclusion as you. I found that Dave Hunt promotes Tozer without any warning, and this is the message I sent to Dave Hunt.
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Dear Brother Dave,

I thank God for your courageous ministry and for standing up for the truth and being a watchman in this apostate generation. You are an inspiration to many of us young people who want to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.

I would like to bring the following findings on A.W. Tozer to your attention and ask you to carefully and prayerfully consider them.

1) A reviewer of the book The Mystic Spirituality of A.W. Tozer, a Twentieth-Century American Protestant by E. Lynn Harris had this to say on Amazon.com:
(http://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Spirituality-Twentieth-Century-American-Protestant/dp/0773498729/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

    The biographical memoir of Tozer by David J. Fant, Jr., titled A.W. Tozer, A Twentieth Century Prophet (1964), is used as a springboard for Ms. Harris’ focused study of Tozer’s mystical and conceptual approach to the world. At the end of Fant’s book, he included a list of books recommended by Tozer, “For those who would know `the deep things of God.'”

    It is this list of thirty-five mystical works (which are included as Appendix A of Harris’ book) that Ms. Harris used as a frame of reference for analyzing Tozer’s mystical approach. Tozer’s list includes such classics as The Ascent of Mt. Carmel and Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing and Theologia Germanica written anonymously, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly, Christian Perfection by Fenelon, and Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich (the last being the only woman listed and who Tozer jokingly called his girlfriend).

    It must be noted, however, that the list was given by Mr. Fant with this qualification: “In recommending these books Dr. Tozer did not mean to put his stamp of approval on the entire contents. Rather they were offered as products of men and women who ardently loved their Lord; if any doctrinal defects should appear these would be far overbalanced by the spiritual verities.”

    Appendix B of Ms. Harris’ book includes a letter from Mr. Fant to the author stating that Tozer prepared the list himself in response to many inquiries and that there was a copy of each book in his personal library.

I haven’t read the said biography myself (by David J. Fant, Jr., titled A. W. Tozer, A Twentieth Century Prophet) nor Mrs. Harris’ book, but I do believe that this reviewer account is correct.

Tozer provided a list of 35 mystical works to his readers of which a couple of titles are mentionned in this comment. Based on this comment alone, I would avoid Tozer because he was a dangerous mystical man.

How come he would deliver his readers into the hands of Roman Catholic mystics by recommending them to “those who would know the deep things of God”?

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