Thursday, 31 October 2013

Evangelicalism: A Sinking Ship?


A friend posted the following quote on Facebook recently. It has been attributed to A.W. Tozer, and was apparently written some 50 years ago. While Tozer may not have lived to see this day, he certainly did foresee it. Today I believe that we are beginning to see it, and see not just the demise of evangelicalism, but the demise of institutional Christianity as a whole. And now, lest I digress too far, here's the Tozer quote:

“As the Church now stands, the man who sees this condition of worldly evangelicalism is written off as somewhat fanatical. But the day is coming when the house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God among them. I would like to live long enough to watch this develop and see how things turn out. I would like to live to see the time when the men and woman of God-holy, separated and spiritually enlightened-walk out of the evangelical church and form a group of their own; when they get off the sinking ship and let her go down in the brackish and worldliness and form a new ark to ride out the storm."

Recently I was presented this related prophetic word by a friend. I find it interesting that many, both well known and less well known, are seeing and saying essentially the same thing. Is theirs a wake up call for the church? You decide.

Postscript: If anyone knows the exact source of Mr. Tozer's quote, please drop me a comment; I would very much like to read it in its larger context and to reference this post properly. Thank you.

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