10 A.W. Tozer Quotes on Confronting Cafeteria-Style Christianity

Sometimes confronting compromise and downright bad theology in the Church is disheartening, if not all-together draining.

“It is not complimentary to the masses that they are so easily led, but we are not interested in praising or blaming; we are concerned for truth, and the truth is that for better or for worse religious people follow leaders. A good man may change the moral complexion of a whole nation; or a corrupt and worldly clergy may lead a nation into bondage…”
–God Tells the Man Who Cares

 

Among my younger evangelical peer group are many Cafeteria-style Christians who pick and choose which Scripture passages better jive with current cultural trends. Those that don’t are often ignored.

Sometimes confronting compromise and downright bad theology in the Church is disheartening, if not all-together draining. But as I was reminded by my Tozer on Christian Leadership devotional this morning, confronting mediocrity and deception among individuals in the Church is an ageless problem that calls faithful Christians to action.

It’s Monday, which means we all could use a little extra motivation. To help, here are 10 common-sense quotes from Evangelical minister and prolific author A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) on confronting mediocrity and compromise in the Church:

  1. “Popular Christianity killed the Reformers, jailed the Quakers and drove John Wesley into the streets. When it comes to religion, the crowds are always wrong.”

The Next Chapter After the Last

  1. “The temptation to modify the teachings of Christ with the hope that larger numbers may ‘accept’ Him is cruelly strong in this day of speed, size, noise and crowds. But if we know what is good for us, we’ll resist it with every power at our command.”

The Size of the Soul

  1. “Compromise will take the pressure off. Satan will not bother a man who has quite fighting. But the cost of quitting will be a life of peaceful stagnation. We sons of eternity just cannot afford such a thing.”

That Incredible Christian

  1. “We are sent to bless the world, but never are we told to compromise with it.”

The Next Chapter After the Last

  1. “Cultivate the acquaintance of God more than the friendship of men and we will always have abundance of bread to give to the hungry. Our first responsibility is not to the public but to God and our own souls.”

God Tells the Man Who Cares

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