Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tozer on the Necessary Work of the Spirit in Preaching

A. W. Tozer spoke strongly against the intellectual arrogance of human textualism. Tozer understood textualism as “ the belief that the human mind is the supreme authority in the judgment of truth…it is confidence in the ability of the human mind to do that which the Bible declares it was never created to do and consequently is incapable of doing . . .  The inward kernel of truth has the same configuration as the outward shell. The mind can grasp the shell but only the Spirit of God can lay hold of the internal essence. Our great error has been that we have trusted to the shell and have believed we were sound in faith because we were able to explain the external shape of truth as found in the letter of the Word.”

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