Tozer was a prophet strongly motivated to bring reform to the Body of Christ. He is in the tradition , so to say, of William Law and others who can only be described as strong meat. Even John Wesley couldn't agree with everything that Law wrote about the inner life and devotion to God. Tozer is very sinmilar, even the most dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ will be unable to agree with everything that Tozer writes. He was also a product of his time. The 1950's brought the beginnings of rapid change in America, and it seems that Tozer was protesting, not so much against the change as the Christians getting sucked into that change. Therefore such vices as Hollywood films and theatre in church is heavily frown upon, to a degree that most believers would be unble to stomach. Fifty years later it seems Tozer wasn'too far off course, however, in his warnings. Now we live in an age where the world dictates to the church what to believe and even preach upon (yes, some denominations have outlawed preaching on hell for starters, and that is just the beginning of a long list that the world forbids), and the church is no longer the head. This vision of the Church being the head and not the tail, bringing salt and light to a decaying and dark world is Tozers central theme. Being rooted in Jesus Christ is the key, and the thrust of this book is to tear apart everything that prevents Jesus' followers from being continually rooted in Him. It is clear that the world would be effected if this happened, and Tozer brings examples from fifty years before his writings to demonstrate how movements of God are not recognised or go off course when leaders are not rooted to become the righteous. Actually everyone is included in this book, with a broad sweep confronting every false notion. His defeat of atheism is peotic and forceful: You had no say about the time or place of your birth; God determines that without consulting the person. One day the little man finds himself in consciousness and accepts the fact that he is. There his volitional life begins. Before that he had nothing to say about anything. After that he struts and boasts and utters his defiant proclamations of individual freedom, and encouraged by the sound of his own voice he may declare his independence of God and call himself an "atheist". Have your fun, little man; you are only chattering in the interim between first and last; you had no voice at the first and you will have none at the last. God reserves the right to take up at the last where He began at the first, and you are in the hands of God whether you will or not. This knowledge should humble us and encourage us , too. It should humble us when we remember how frail we are, how utterly dependent upon God. Tozer was able to show the meaning of true worship. It's not in singing, but in the silencetaht occurs afterwards. How churches have missed this again and again is evident to most. Will there be one as strong as Tozer raised up again?
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This is definately one of Tozer's best, he encourages us to lay down roots, the fruit will follow. He is concerned in this book to ensure that we are firmly rooted in Christ, that we become his long suffering and faithful servants.
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