For we walk by faith, not by sight:—2 Corinthians 5:7
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).”
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.
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:
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”?
2) Then consider this series of posts:
Conclusion of the Carmelite Order Posts or Why I am Writing about A W Tozer
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 The Pursuit of God by Tozer?
JTB series: Scripture compared with some phrases in The Pursuit of God
3) I have read The Pursuit of God before, without any discernment, and after reading these posts, I revisited the book, and it is scary.
This is how he [Tozer] concludes the preface to the book:
“This book is a modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done, but if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame.”
The “others before me” he refers to these Roman Catholic mystics he recomends. Yet these people had no light in them (Isa 8:20), with their Mariolatry, baptismal regeneration, Sacraments, Mass, Eucharist, Papism, etc… how can they show the way to anyone?
This is a quote from “The Pursuit of God”:
- The author of the quaint old English classic, The Cloud of Unknowing, teaches us how to do this. “Lift up thine heart unto God with a meek stirring of love; and mean Himself, and none of His goods. And thereto, look thee loath to think on aught but God Himself. So that nought work in thy wit, nor in thy will, but only God Himself. This is the work of the soul that most pleaseth God.”
Again, he recommends that in prayer we practice a further stripping down of everything, even of our theology.
- “For it sufficeth enough, a naked intent direct unto God without any other cause than Himself.”
Yet underneath all his thinking lay the broad foundation of New Testament truth, for he explains that by “Himself” he means “God that made thee, and bought thee, and that graciously called thee to thy degree.”
And he is all for simplicity:
If we would have religion “lapped and folden in one word, for that thou shouldst have better hold thereupon, take thee but a little word of one syllable: for so it is better than of two, for even the shorter it is the better it accordeth with the work of the Spirit. And such a word is this word God or this word love.”
Is the “one word”, “a little word of one syllable” that he quotes to use in prayer not an endorsement of and a recommendation to practice “Lectio Divina” taught in the very dangerous book The Cloud of Unknowing?
I personally have been deceived and misled by a “disciple” (through his writings) of the Chinese mystic Watchman Nee (imprisoned in 1952, died in prison in 1972). One of the reasons being he has not been exposed.
Thank you for your consideration.
May the grace of our Lord and Saviour be with you always,