Quotes by A.W. Tozer  (1897-1963)


"Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Savior of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable....  This view... manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show." (Man: The Dwelling Place of God, 27)

"Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience. The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures that is not accompanied by obedience. To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words...." (Of God and Men, 52)

"Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But... it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself...."  (The Pursuit of God, Preface)

"I think that most Christians would be better pleased if the Lord did not inquire into their personal affairs too closely. They want Him to save them, keep them happy and take them to heaven at last, but not to be too inquisitive about their conduct or service. But He has searched us and known us; He knows our down-sitting and our uprising and understands our thoughts afar off. There is no place to hide from those eyes ...  It is the part of wisdom to live with these things in mind."  (That Incredible Christian, 105-106)

"Whatever a man wants badly and persistently enough will determine the man's character."  (The Root of the Righteous, 116)

"To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men."  (Man the Dwelling Place of God, 114)

"Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful in arranging our lives so as to admit the truth of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications. We arrange things so that we can get on well enough without divine aid, while at the same time ostensibly seeking it. We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him." (The Root of the Righteous, 39)

"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."  (The Root of the Righteous, 43)