10 A.W. Tozer Quotes on Confronting Cafeteria-Style Christianity

Among my younger evangelical peer group are many Cafeteria-style Christians who pick and choose which Scripture passages better jive with current cultural trends. Those that don’t are often ignored.

Sometimes confronting compromise and downright bad theology in the Church is disheartening, if not all-together draining. But as I was reminded by my Tozer on Christian Leadership devotional this morning, confronting mediocrity and deception among individuals in the Church is an ageless problem that calls faithful Christians to action.

It’s Monday, which means we all could use a little extra motivation. To help, here are 10 common-sense quotes from Evangelical minister and prolific author A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) on confronting mediocrity and compromise in the Church:

“Popular Christianity killed the Reformers, jailed the Quakers and drove John Wesley into the streets. When it comes to religion, the crowds are always wrong.”
–The Next Chapter After the Last

“The temptation to modify the teachings of Christ with the hope that larger numbers may ‘accept’ Him is cruelly strong in this day of speed, size, noise and crowds. But if we know what is good for us, we’ll resist it with every power at our command.”
–The Size of the Soul

“Compromise will take the pressure off. Satan will not bother a man who has quite fighting. But the cost of quitting will be a life of peaceful stagnation. We sons of eternity just cannot afford such a thing.”
–That Incredible Christian

“We are sent to bless the world, but never are we told to compromise with it.”
–The Next Chapter After the Last

“Cultivate the acquaintance of God more than the friendship of men and we will always have abundance of bread to give to the hungry. Our first responsibility is not to the public but to God and our own souls.”
–God Tells the Man Who Cares

“It is not complimentary to the masses that they are so easily led, but we are not interested in praising or blaming; we are concerned for truth, and the truth is that for better or for worse religious people follow leaders. A good man may change the moral complexion of a whole nation; or a corrupt and worldly clergy may lead a nation into bondage…”
–God Tells the Man Who Cares

“Personally I have for years carried a burden of sorrow as I have moved among evangelical Christians who somewhere in their past have managed to strike a base compromise with their heart’s holier longings and have settled down to a lukewarm, mediocre kind of Christianity utterly unworthy of themselves and of the Lord they claim to serve.”
–That Incredible Christian

“The contemporary moral climate does not favor a faith as tough and fibrous as that taught by our Lord and His apostles…And the fault lies with our leaders. They are too timid to tell the people all the truth. They are now asking men to give to God that which costs them nothing.”
–The Incredible Christian

“No one can know truth except the one who obeys truth. You think you know truth. People memorize the Scriptures by the yard, but that is not a guarantee of knowing the truth. Truth is not a text. Truth is in the text, but it takes the text plus the Holy Spirit to bring truth to a human soul…”
–Faith Beyond Reason

“Someday the church can relax her guard, call her watchmen down from the wall and live in safety and peace; but not yet, not yet…”
–That Incredible Christian


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