The Church: Different From the World (AW Tozer)

Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord. “Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” –2 Corinthians 6:17

The church’s mightiest influence is felt when she is different from the world in which she lives. Her power lies in her being different, rises with the degree in which she differs and sinks as the difference diminishes.

This is so fully and clearly taught in the Scriptures and so well illustrated in Church history that it is hard to see how we can miss it. But miss it we do, for we hear constantly that the Church must try to be as much like the world as possible, excepting, of course, where the world is too, too sinful….

Let us plant ourselves on the hill of Zion and invite the world to come over to us, but never under any circumstances will we go over to them. The cross is the symbol of Christianity, and the cross speaks of death and separation, never of compromise. No one ever compromised with a cross. The cross separated between the dead and the living. The timid and the fearful will cry “Extreme!” and they will be right. The cross is the essence of all that is extreme and final. The message of Christ is a call across a gulf from death to life, from sin to righteousness and from Satan to God.

“Lord, help me to be willing to be different. Forgive me for the sin of blending in. I pray that our neighbors would see something different in our church and our people and be drawn to the Savior. Amen.”

From: Tozer on Christian Leadership
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4 Responses to The Church: Different From the World (AW Tozer)

  1. Mac Swift says:

    Amen and amen!

  2. Jared says:

    Can’t believe I’m doing this, but . . .

    “Let us plant ourselves on the hill of Zion and invite the world to come over to us, but never under any circumstances will we go over to them.”

    This is not only terribly unbiblical but horribly arrogant.
    I thank God every day He “deigned” to come to me, for I would never have come to Him on my own.

  3. Peter says:

    Jared, I think you’ve missed the point A.W. Tozer was trying to make. His theme was that of moral and spiritual separation, not evangelism. In saying we should be inviting the world to come to us, and not the reverse scenario, he was only asserting that our posture toward the unbelieving world should be that of those who are firmly established in the eternal blessings of salvation, and who have no need of that which occupies the earthly, unregenrate man. We are the one’s who have what the unbelieving world desperately needs, not the other way around.

  4. Nedier says:

    Yes, Peter, you’re absolutely correct! You can criticize Tozer’s thoughts and writings any time, but they can never be challenged. His are words so straightforward and that reach to the very heart. Only the wise will and can understand. You may call it “arrogant,” but search the New Testament and you’ll find Christ speaking like that. Arrogant to an unbelieving heart, but truthful and sweet to those who believe.

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