[anzac] WANTED - REAL PREACHERS! - Tozer

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:12:44 +1300
by A.W. Tozer

It is true that much church activity is thrown back upon a shaky 
foundation of psychology and natural talents. It is sad but true that 
many a mother-in-law is actually praying that her handsome son-
in-law may be called to preach because "he would have such a 
marvelous pulpit presence."

We live in a day when charm is supposed to cover almost the 
entire multitude of sins. Charm has taken a great place in religious
expression. I am convinced that our Lord expects us to be tough 
enough and cynical enough to recognize all of this that pleases 
the unthinking in our churches: the charm stuff, the stage 
presence in the pulpit, the golden qualities of voice....

I feel sorry for the church that decides to call a pastor because 
"his personality simply sparkles!" I have watched quite a few of 
those sparklers through the years. In reality, as every kid knows 
at Fourth of July time, sparklers can be an excitement in the 
neighborhood--but only for about one minute! Then you are left 
holding a hot stick that quickly cools off in your hand.

Prophetic Preaching

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.