A.W. Tozer a ‘Blind leader of the Blind’!

A.W. Tozer a ‘Blind leader of the Blind’!

Compiled by Mike Jeshurun

 A.W. Tozer (author of ‘The Pursuit of God’), Oswald Chambers (author of ‘My Utmost for His Higest’), David Wilkerson (author of The ‘Cross and the Switchblade’), Leonard Ravenhill (author of ‘Why Revival Tarries’) are all BIRDS OF A FEATHER! They believed in the ‘free-will’ of man and creature ability! These are supposed theologians who never received the light of the Scripture – “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD THAT SHEWETH MERCY”! [Romans 9:16]. These men claim to believe that salvation is by grace alone, but their preaching and writings show that that is not what they believe.

Since GOD opened mine eyes to the utter depravity of my heart and the absolute sovereignty of His will concerning all things, I could NEVER read and be edified by the works of such men as mentioned above! Their voice to me is the voice of a ‘stranger’! [see John 10:4,5]

Read on below to take a look at what A.W. Tozer actually believed, and if the god of Tozer is the god you believe in then “you need to be born-again”!

[Tozer’s quotes pasted below are the courtesy of http://testallthings.com , and my comments are in red]

“Redemption is an objective fact. It is a work potentially saving, wrought for man, but done independent of and exterior to the individual. Christ’s work on Calvary made atonement for every man, but it did not save any man.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“Universal atonement makes salvation universally available, but it does not make it universally effective toward the individual.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“If atonement was made for all men, why are not all saved? The answer is that before redemption becomes effective toward the individual man there is an act which that man must do. That act is not one of merit, but of condition.”

“This act of appropriating salvation is one which only man can do.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

[At first reading Tozer’s quotes above appear to be scriptural. But they are not. Scripture does not teach that Christ atoned for the sins of every son of Adam. There is a great multitude which no man can number whom God chose to love and save out of the fallen human race; the Bible calls them His Elect, His Sheep, His chosen and predestinated ones. It is for these that Christ died, and those for whom He died will surely be saved. For the Master did not go to the cross to make salvation ‘possible’ but to obtain eternal redemption for all those whom the Father gave Him!

For a deeper look at this truth, click here – Testimony of a ‘Four-pointer’ who became a ‘Five-Pointer’ or For whom did Christ die? ]

“God cannot do our repenting for us. In our efforts to magnify grace we have so preached the truth as to convey the impression that repentance is a work of God. This is a grave mistake, and one which is taking a frightful toll among Christians everywhere. God has commanded all men to repent. It is a work which only they can do.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“before we can be saved we must of our own free will repent toward God and believe in Jesus Christ. This the Bible plainly teaches; this experience abundantly supports. Repentance involves moral reformation. The wrong practices are on man’s part, and only man can correct them. Lying, for instance, is an act of man and one for which he must accept full responsibility. When he repents he will quit lying. God will not quit for him; he will quit for himself.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“The remedy is to see clearly that men are not lost because of what someone did thousands of years ago; they are lost because they sin individually and in person. We will never be judged for Adam’s sin, but for our own. For our own sins we are and must remain fully responsible.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“Faith is a gift of God, to be sure, but whether or not we shall act upon that faith lies altogether within our own power. We may or we may not, as we choose.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

[Did you read the above carefully? Did you notice the Tozer’s blindness concerning the truth? He says that it is a grave mistake to preach that ‘repentance is a work of God’! According to him and other Arminians, man has the power to repent as and when he pleases and be thereby saved. Another lie from the pit of hell!

It is God who grants repentance! Man, fallen and depraved as he is could never repent unless God gave him that ability. Read the following verse carefully and pray for God to open your eyes to its truth –

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will”. [2Tim 2:24-26]. Notice the Apostle understood fully that unless God gives repentance man could never repent. The word ‘peradventure’ is an old English word also translated ‘perhaps’ by some translations. In other words God may or may not choose to give repentance when the Word is preached!

Consider the case with the wicked sons of Eli in 1Samuel 2. It is written that though their Father Eli pleaded with them to repent, they could not because it was the Lord’s will to slay them! “If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them”. [1Sam 2:25]

Even of the prodigal son in the Hog-pen it says –“He came to himself” This ‘coming to oneself’ is a work of God, for the preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord! [Prov 16:1]

 A.W. Tozer the Pelagian

“Another doctrinal hindrance is the teaching that men are so weak by nature that they are unable to keep the law of God. Our moral helplessness is hammered into us in sermon and song until we wilt under it and give up in despair. No matter what the intellect may say, the human heart can never accept the idea that we are to be held responsible for breaking a law that we cannot keep. Would a father lay upon the back of his three year-old son a sack of grain weighing five-hundred pounds and then beat the child because he could not carry it? Either men can or they cannot please God. If they cannot, they are not morally responsible, and have nothing to fear. If they can, and will not, then they are guilty, and as guilty sinners they will be sent to hell at last. The latter is undoubtedly the fact. If the Bible is allowed to speak for itself it will teach loudly the doctrine of man’s personal responsibility for sins committed. Men sin because they want to sin. God’s quarrel with men is that they will not do even that part of the will of God which they understand and could do if they would.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

“To teach that the insufficiency of the law lay in man’s moral inability to meet its simple demands on human behaviour is to err most radically. If the law could not be kept, God is in the position of laying upon mankind an impossible moral burden and then punishing them for failure to do the impossible.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

“The Bible everywhere takes for granted Israel’s ability to obey the law. Condemnation fell because Israel, having that ability, refused to obey.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

“In the Bible the offer of pardon on the part of God is conditioned upon intention to reform on the part of man. There can be no spiritual regeneration till there has been a moral reformation.”
(The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book 2, page 115-117; Compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe)

[Again the blindness of Tozer in the above is too glaring to miss! He says man has the ability to keep the law otherwise God who demands obedience to it would be unjust. This just proves that Tozer is just a religious Pharisee who has not understood the basics of the gospel!

God did not give us the law that we keep it and live thereby! So why then did He give it? That we might know that we are condemned helpless sinners deserving the wrath of God. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin”. [Rom 3:20] And not only this but, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith”. [Gal 3:24]

Tozer affirms that Israel had the ability to keep the law, but refused to do so. See what the Apostle says concerning this – “if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe”. The law was not given that we may keep it and obtain life but that we may see our utter helplessness to keep it and so flee to Christ for salvation!]

A.W. Tozer endorses the heretic Charles Finney

“God used Finney to get people thinking straight about religion. He may not have been correct in all his conclusions, but he did remove the doctrinal stalemates and start the people moving toward God. He placed before his hearers a moral either/or, so they could always know just where they stood. The inner confusion caused by hidden contradictions was absent from his preaching. We could use another Finney today.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

A.W. Tozer taught the universal love of God

“The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing, too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men. He loves us all with a mighty love that has no beginning and can have no end.”
(A.W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy)

[One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody, and the very fact that it is so popular with all classes ought to be enough to arouse the suspicions of those who are subject to the Word of Truth. God’s Love toward all His creatures is the fundamental and favorite tenet of Universalists, Unitarians, Theosophists, Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Russellites, etc. No matter how a man may live—in open defiance of Heaven, with no concern whatever for his soul’s eternal interests, still less for God’s glory, dying, perhaps with an oath on his lips,—notwithstanding, God loves him, we are told. So widely has this dogma been proclaimed, and so comforting is it to the heart which is at enmity with God, we have little hope of convincing many of their error. That God loves everybody, is, we may say, quite a modern belief. The writings of the church-fathers, the Reformers or the Puritans will (we believe) be searched in vain for any such concept.

If it be true that God loves every member of the human family then why did our Lord tell His disciples, “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father….. If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him” (John 14:21,23)? Why say “he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father” if the Father loves everybody? The same limitation is found in <200817>Proverbs 8:17: “I love them that love Me.” Again; we read, “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity”—not merely the works of iniquity. Here, then, is a flat repudiation of present teaching that, God hates sin but loves the sinner; Scripture says, “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5)! “God is angry with the wicked every day.” “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God”—not “shall abide,” but even now—”abideth on him” (Psalm 5:5; 7:11, John 3:36).

Can God “love” the one on whom His “wrath” abides? Again; is it not evident that the words “The love of God which is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39) mark a limitation, both in the sphere and objects of His love? Again; is it not plain from the words “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:13) that God does not love everybody? Again; it is written, “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6). Does not this verse teach that God’s love is restricted to the members of His own family? If He loves all men without exception, then the distinction and limitation here mentioned is quite meaningless. Finally, we would ask, Is it conceivable that God will love the damned in the Lake of Fire? Yet, if He loves them now He will do so then, seeing that His love knows no change—He is “without variableness or shadow of turning”! (The above three paragraphs are by A. W. Pink)