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Friday, December 01, 2006

A Few Good Men

In preparing my sermon for Sunday evening I was perusing a book that I read a few years back. The title of it is, This World: Playground Or Battleground? It is a series of short editorials that were written by A. W. Tozer. Reading the highlighted portions I ran across several portions that were more than challenging. I wanted to share one of them with you.

"The most critical need of the church at this moment is men - the right kind of men, bold men. . . . We languish for men who feel themselves expendable in the warfare of the soul because they have already died to the allurements of this world. Such men will be free from the compulsions that control weaker men. They will not be forced to do things by the squeeze of circumstances. Their only compulsion will come from within - or from above.

This kind of freedom is necessary if we are to have prophets in our pulpits again instead of mascots. These free men will serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary. They will make no decisions out of fear, take no course out of a desire to please, accept no service for financial considerations, perform no religious acts out of mere custom, nor allow themselves to be influenced by the love of publicity or the desire for reputation. . . .

It (the church) must repudiate the weaklings who dare not speak out, and must seek in prayer and much humility the coming again of men of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made."
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