Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Real Faith Knows Only One Way

The following is from A. W. Tozer, as quoted in PsychoHeresy: The Psychological Seduction of Christianity by Martin & Diedre Bobgan.
    Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful in arranging our lives so as to admit the truth of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications.  We arrange things so that we can get on well enough without divine aid, while at the same time ostensibly seeking it.  We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him.  "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
    Pseudo faith always arranges a way out to serve in case God fails it. Real faith knows only one way and gladly allows itself to be stripped of any second way or makeshift substitutes. For true faith, it is either God or total collapse. And not since Adam first stood up on the earth has God failed a single man or woman who trusted Him.
    The man of pseudo faith will fight for his verbal creed but refuse flatly to allow himself to get into a predicament where his future must depend upon that creed being true. He always provides himself with secondary ways of escape so he will have a way out if the roof caves in.
    What we need very badly these days is a company of Christians who are prepared to trust God as completely now as they must do at the last day.
Father God, may it be so in me, and among us, in Jesus' name.

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