Sometimes we can have too many books. Today I wanted to spend time reading something that brought me face to face with God. Yes, I picked up the bible and started there – but I also wanted something that was human yet real. I wanted to read something from someone who had met with God – and who had something to say. So, I went hunting for Tozer and chose the first book of his I could find in my bookcase. I’ve included the excerpt below.
Before I quote him, I want to say this – every Christian should read Tozer. A dose of Tozer is good for the soul – he is a great corrective to contemporary Christianity.
With that being said, I leave you with Tozer.
Whatever Happened to Worship? – A. W. Tozer:
Worship in the Christian Church
Christian churches have come to the dangerous time predicted long ago. It is a time when we can pat one another on the back, congratulate ourselves and join in the glad refrain, “We are rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing!”
It certainly is true that hardly anything is missing from our churches these days—except the most important thing. We are missing the genuine and sacred offering of ourselves and our worship to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the message of the Revelation the angel of the church of the Laodiceans made this charge and this appeal (3:17, 19):
Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
My own loyalties and responsibilities are and always will be with the strongly evangelical, Bible-believing, Christ-honoring churches. We have been surging forward. We are building great churches and large congregations. We are boasting about high standards and we are talking a lot about revival.
But I have a question and it is not just rhetoric: What has happened to our worship?
The reply of many is “We are rich and have need of nothing. Doesn’t that say something about God’s blessing?”
Did you know that the often-quoted Jean-Paul Sartre describes his turning to philosophy and hopelessness as a turning away from a secularistic church? He says, “I did not recognize in the fashionable God who was taught me, Him who was waiting for my soul. I needed a Creator; I was given a big businessman!”