[anzac] THE NEW "EVANGELISM" - Tozer

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:11:16 +1200
by A.W. Tozer

The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic 
approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old 
life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts 
but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing 
that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers 
the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever 
the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment 
is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the 
religious product is better...

That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways 
of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the 
souls of its hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, 
it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up 
onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat 
must fall into the ground and die.

We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public 
relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and 
the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make 
Christ acceptable to big business, the press, or the world of sports, 
or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our 
message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is 
life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. 
Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must 
repudiate himself and concur in God's just sentence against him.

What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who 
would find life in Christ Jesus?... He must forsake his sins and 
then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend 
nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with 
God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God's stern 
displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die... The cross 
that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; 
and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to
a new life along with Christ.

To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and 
private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of 
approval upon this message from Paul's day to the present. 
Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the 
content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the 
world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers, the 
revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders 
and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to 
God's approval.

Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the 
truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the 
blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God 
forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power.

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