Tozer Devotional: Being Participants of Truth!

I would normally not cut and paste from another website, but Tozer is so inspirational I wanted to share the last part of his series on Truth.
Here are parts one, two, three.
Thank God this sounds nothing like those Emergents! Ken Silva has many articles on the evils of “Christian Mystics” so we should be wise to avoid any and all who have something to do with them.
I want to thank God that men like Tozer and Ken Silva and Ingrid of Slice of Laeodcea would never promote those “Christian Mystics” we have great men like St. Gregory of Sinai who would never have participated in that sort of “New Age” nonesense.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
I. Todyaso
Tozer Devotional
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Collective Writings from the Books of A.W. Tozer
A.W. Tozer
That Incredible Christian
Chapter #28
To Be Understood, Truth Must Be Lived
Being Participants in Truth
Truth cannot aid us until we become participators in it. We only possess what we experience. St. Gregory of Sinai, who lived in the fourteenth century, taught that understanding and participation were inseparable in the spiritual life. “He who seeks to understand commandments without fulfilling commandments, and to acquire such understanding through learning and reading, is like a man who takes a shadow for truth. For the understanding of truth is given to those who have become participants in truth (who have tasted it through living). Those who are not participants in truth and are not initiated therein, when they seek this understanding, draw it from a distorted wisdom. Of such men the apostle says ‘the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit,’ even though they boast of their knowledge of truth.” Here is a simple but neglected doctrine that should be restored to its rightful place in the thinking and teaching of the Church. It would work wonders.
Prayer
Lord, teach me what it means to participate in Your truth that through it I may be free.
Scripture
The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is made up only of rules taught by men.’
— Isaiah 29:13
Thought
Some of us measure our commitment to Christ by the truth we mouth and the rules we keep–rules which may be man-made and not from God. But truth must be tasted through living if we are to be participants in it.

 

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4 Responses to Tozer Devotional: Being Participants of Truth!

  1. [...] Kingdom of Bahrain wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt I would normally not cut and paste from another website, but Tozer is so inspirational I wanted to share the last part of his series on Truth. Here are parts one, two, three. Thank God this sounds nothing like those Emergents! Ken Silva has many articles on the evils of “Christian Mystics” so we should be wise to avoid any and all who have something to do with them. I want to thank God that men like Tozer and Ken Silva and Ingrid of Slice of Laeodcea would never promote those “Christian Mys [...]

  2. I do find Tozer to be a breath of fresh air, especially when he talks about our participation. We need more people participating in pointing out the sins of others and making sure they know they are going to hell. I’m sure that is what St. Gregory of Sinai is talking about. Keep fighting the good fight brothers and sisters (sisters in the sense that you aren’t preaching becuase then you, as a woman would be sinning), and make sure the evil, and heretical emerging church teachings are destroyed. Follow St. Gregories example!

    I place my faith in the original manuscripts,

    Dr. Seymore Spurgeon

  3. itodyaso says:

    If a woman preached, then it would be another Gospel as it would be contextualized from a woman’s perspective! How dare they let women preach. What do they have to offer?

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,

    I. Todyaso

  4. pov says:

    It is a fact that all translations lose some nuances of what was conveyed in the original language. This is even more pronounced with sequential translations of ancient languages. Which version you choose to see as correct has more to do wit you than with the work itself.

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