Monday, February 02, 2009

Moratorium on Activity

Ouch! A. W. Tozer's prophetic pronouncements are like a burr under my saddle...again. If there wasn't such a measure of truth in what he said, I'd find myself apologizing for quoting him but his voice (from beyond the grave) cannot be silenced and must be heard. - David

Tozer writes:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
- Psalm 139:23-24 (KJV)

Moratorium on Activity

I suppose my suggestion will not receive much serious attention, but I should like to suggest that we Bible-believing Christians announce a moratorium on religious activity and set our house in order preparatory to the coming of an afflatus* from above. So carnal is the body of Christians which composes the conservative wing of the Church, so shockingly irreverent are our public services in some quarters, so degraded are our religious tastes in still others, that the need for power could scarcely have been greater at any time in history. I believe we should profit immensely were we to declare a period of silence and self-examination during which each one of us searched his own heart and sought to meet every condition for a real baptism of power from on high.

taken from
The Pursuit of Man, page 94

"Lord, I do pray that You would move in the hearts of leaders in churches everywhere to prompt this time of silence and self-examination. So often activity feeds on itself and it takes a conscious effort to step off the treadmill to re-evaluate. Stimulate our hearts, and quiet us today to hear from You. Amen."

David's note: * afflatus - a divine inspiration or powerful impulse (Webster's New World Dictionary)

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