Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tozer on Salvation

This is an excerpt from A. W. Tozer's " The Divine Conquest ". Tozer is talking about the Soverignty of the Holy Ghost in salvation and how salvation is not based on decisionism ( man's judgment of the sincerity of his decision ), but only on the will of God. John 1:12-13 says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13 (KJV)

"There is another and worse evil which springs from this basic failure to grasp the radical difference between the natures of the two worlds. It is the habit of languidly "accepting" salvation as if it were a small matter and one wholly in our hands. Men are exhorted to think things over and "decide" for Christ, and in some places one day each year is set aside as "Decision Day," at which time people are expected to condescend to grant Christ the right to save them, a right which they have obviously refused Him up to that time. Christ is thus made to stand again before men's judgment seat; He is made to wait upon the pleasure of the individual, and after long and humble waiting is either turned away or patronizingly admitted. By a complete misunderstanding of the noble and true doctrine of the freedom of the human will salvation is made to depend periously upon the will of man instead of upon the will of God." - A.W. Tozer

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