A.W. Tozer

A.W. Tozer the Arminian

“Redemption is an objective fact. It is a work potentially saving, wrought for man, but done independent of and exterior to the individual. Christ’s work on Calvary made atonement for every man, but it did not save any man.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“Universal atonement makes salvation universally available, but it does not make it universally effective toward the individual.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“If atonement was made for all men, why are not all saved? The answer is that before redemption becomes effective toward the individual man there is an act which that man must do. That act is not one of merit, but of condition.”

“This act of appropriating salvation is one which only man can do.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“God cannot do our repenting for us. In our efforts to magnify grace we have so preached the truth as to convey the impression that repentance is a work of God. This is a grave mistake, and one which is taking a frightful toll among Christians everywhere. God has commanded all men to repent. It is a work which only they can do.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“before we can be saved we must of our own free will repent toward God and believe in Jesus Christ. This the Bible plainly teaches; this experience abundantly supports. Repentance involves moral reformation. The wrong practices are on man’s part, and only man can correct them. Lying, for instance, is an act of man and one for which he must accept full responsibility. When he repents he will quit lying. God will not quit for him; he will quit for himself.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“The remedy is to see clearly that men are not lost because of what someone did thousands of years ago; they are lost because they sin individually and in person. We will never be judged for Adam’s sin, but for our own. For our own sins we are and must remain fully responsible.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

“Faith is a gift of God, to be sure, but whether or not we shall act upon that faith lies altogether within our own power. We may or we may not, as we choose.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 2 – God’s Part and Man’s)

A.W. Tozer the Pelagian

“Another doctrinal hindrance is the teaching that men are so weak by nature that they are unable to keep the law of God. Our moral helplessness is hammered into us in sermon and song until we wilt under it and give up in despair. No matter what the intellect may say, the human heart can never accept the idea that we are to be held responsible for breaking a law that we cannot keep. Would a father lay upon the back of his three year-old son a sack of grain weighing five-hundred pounds and then beat the child because he could not carry it? Either men can or they cannot please God. If they cannot, they are not morally responsible, and have nothing to fear. If they can, and will not, then they are guilty, and as guilty sinners they will be sent to hell at last. The latter is undoubtedly the fact. If the Bible is allowed to speak for itself it will teach loudly the doctrine of man’s personal responsibility for sins committed. Men sin because they want to sin. God’s quarrel with men is that they will not do even that part of the will of God which they understand and could do if they would.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

“To teach that the insufficiency of the law lay in man’s moral inability to meet its simple demands on human behaviour is to err most radically. If the law could not be kept, God is in the position of laying upon mankind an impossible moral burden and then punishing them for failure to do the impossible.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

“The Bible everywhere takes for granted Israel’s ability to obey the law. Condemnation fell because Israel, having that ability, refused to obey.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

“In the Bible the offer of pardon on the part of God is conditioned upon intention to reform on the part of man. There can be no spiritual regeneration till there has been a moral reformation.”
(The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book 2, page 115-117; Compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe)

A.W. Tozer endorses the heretic Charles Finney

“God used Finney to get people thinking straight about religion. He may not have been correct in all his conclusions, but he did remove the doctrinal stalemates and start the people moving toward God. He placed before his hearers a moral either/or, so they could always know just where they stood. The inner confusion caused by hidden contradictions was absent from his preaching. We could use another Finney today.”
(Paths to power – A. W. Tozer – Chapter 5 – Doctrinal Hindrances)

A.W. Tozer taught the universal love of God

“The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing, too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men. He loves us all with a mighty love that has no beginning and can have no end.”
(A.W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy)

2 Comments on “A.W. Tozer

  1. A.W. Tozer (author of ‘The Pursuit of God’), Oswald Chambers (author of ‘My Utmost for His Higest’), Nicky Cruz (author of The ‘Cross and the Switchblade’), Leonard Ravenhill (author of ‘Why Revival Tarries’) are all BIRDS OF A FEATHER! They believed in the ‘free-will’ of man and creature ability! These are supposed theologians who never received the light of the Scripture – “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD THAT SHEWETH MERCY”! [Romans 9:16]

    Since GOD opened mine eyes to the utter depravity of my heart and the absolute sovereignty of His will concerning all things, I could NEVER read and be edified by the works of such men as mentioned above! Their voice to me is the voice of a ‘stranger’! [see John 10:4,5]

  2. For many years I was a compromising Calvinist. During that time I would affirm men like Tozer, excusing their “works” gospel as “slight error” but popishly declaring it a valid system of theology nonetheless.

    By the grace of God I was crushed while studying the truth of the imputed righteousness of Christ and, though I had been a Calvinist for years, I realized that I had not yet been regenerated. I could articulate and argue for the doctrines of grace but I was still trusting in the sincerity of my profession of faith in a gospel that promised me salvation by accepting Jesus. I had never really come to repentance because I did not really believe that I deserved hell. God, through the doctrine of justification through the imputed righteousness of Christ graciously showed me that not only am I truly deserving of hell, but that God is not begging all men to give Him a chance, rather He is commanding all of Adam’s condemned race to repent and believe.

    I can no longer call those who have faith in any object other than the imputed righteousness of Christ, “regenerate”. I can no longer affirm the men like Tozer as brothers who were just slightly off. No, men like Tozer are not just slightly off, they are men who block the narrow road while leading a parade to hell promising that the broad road will lead to life.

    If we love Arminians we must stop treating them as our immature brothers in Christ and in love begin to consider them a mission field of lost souls in desperate need of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    It is truly sad how many men claim to affirm the Cannons of Dort who popishly proclaim simi-pelagianism to be less than damnable heresy. It is not hatred or elitism to desire to rescue Arminian souls from the broad road which leads to death.

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