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Root of the Righteous

by A. W. Tozer

Excerpts from Chapter 3:

God Is Easy to Live With

Nothing twists and deforms the soul more than a low or unworthy conception of God. … [The] wrong conception of God has resulted in a wrong idea of worship. …

It is most important to our spiritual welfare that we hold in our minds always a right conception of God. If we think of Him as cold and exacting we shall find it impossible to love Him, and our lives will be ridden with servile fear. If, again, we hold Him to be kind and understanding our whole inner life will mirror that idea.

The truth is that God is the most winsome of all beings and His service one of unspeakable pleasure. He is all love, and those who trust Him need never know anything but that love. He is just, indeed, and He will not condone sin; but through the blood of the everlasting covenant He is able to act toward us exactly as if we had never sinned. Toward the trusting sons of men His mercy will always triumph over justice.

The fellowship of God is delightful beyond all telling. He communes with His redeemed ones in an easy, uninhibited fellowship that is restful and healing to the soul….

Excerpts from Chapter 4:

Listen to the Man Who Listens to God

“Listen to no man who fails to listen to God”….

David warns against the counsel of the ungodly, and Bible history gives examples of men who made a failure of their lives because they took wrong advice….

No man has any right to counsel others who is not ready to hear and follow the counsel of the Lord. True moral wisdom must always be an echo of God’s voice. The only safe light for our path is the light which is reflected from Christ, the Light of the World….

Excerpts from Chapter 11:

No Regeneration Without Reformation

We often hear the declaration, “I do not preach reformation; I preach regener-ation.” Now we recognize this as being the expression of a commendable revolt against the insipid and unscriptural doctrine of salvation by human effort. But the declaration as it stands contains real error, for it opposes reformation to regeneration. Actually the two are never opposed to each other in sound Bible theology.

The not-reformation-but-regeneration doctrine incorrectly presents us with an either-or; either you take reformation or you take regeneration. This is inaccurate. The fact is that on this subject we are presented not with an either-or, but with a both-and. The converted man is both reformed and regenerated. And unless the sinner is willing to reform his way of living he will never know the inward experience of regeneration. This is the vital truth which has gotten lost under the leaves in popular evangelical theology.

The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense. How horrible to contem-plate a church full of persons who have been pardoned but who still love sin and hate the ways of righteousness. And how much more horrible to think of heaven as filled with sinners who had not repented nor changed their way of living….

The promise of pardon and cleansing is always associated in the Scriptures with the command to repent. The widely-used text in Isaiah, ”Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool,” is organically united to the verses that precede it: ”Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”

The teaching of salvation without repentance has lowered the moral standards of the Church and produced a multitude of deceived religious professors who erroneously believe themselves to be saved when in fact they are still in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity. And to see such persons actually seeking the deeper life is a grim and disillusioning sight.

[A. W. Tozer was an outstanding preacher, editor (The Alliance Witness), and author during the 1900s. A number of his books are still in print; we recommend them.]

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2 corinthians 1:3-4