[anzac] WE NEED PROPHETS! - A.W. Tozer

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:13:55 +1300
NOTE:  As 2015 begins with yet more turmoil and tragedy, a
reminder from Tozer of how essential are the servants of God
who carry the 'word of the Lord' in such an hour-

by A.W. Tozer

A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to 
say to the people of his times.

Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy 
merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom 
is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. 
It is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the 
power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to 
appraise the religious scene as viewed from God's position, and 
to tell us what is actually going on.

Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti 
to discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the 
first place and, particularly, who is riding up front in the seat of honor?

What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars 
can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present. 
Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays, 
but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own 
day. One hundred years from now historians will know what was 
taking place religiously in this year of our Lord; but that will be too 
late for us. We should know right now.

If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation it must be by other means 
than any now being used. If the church in the second half of this 
century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half, 
there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-
synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man 
who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, 
nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the 
Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried 
and found wanting.

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be 
of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and 
has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray 
God there will be not one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction 
to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will 
contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn 
the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such 
a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit 
angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to 
the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the 
salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with 
mortal breath.

We need to have the gifts of the Spirit restored again to the church, 
and it is my belief that the one gift we need most now is the gift 
of prophecy.
-A.W. Tozer - from 'Of God and Men'.