Tozer on Slowing Down for Cultivation of the Soul

This analysis by Tozer in his day is no less true in ours.  The acceptance of trite entertainment and showmanship in church is surely the result of a shallowness that has resulted from frenetic activity.

The idea of cultivation and exercise, so dear to the saints of old, has now no place in our total religious picture.  It is too slow, too common. We now demand glamour and fast flowing dramatic action. A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals. We have been trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations with God.”

The tragic results of this spirit are all about us. Shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit: these and such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul. (The Pursuit of God)

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

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