[anzac] A.W. TOZER on TRUE PROPHETS

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Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 08:50:11 +1300
A.W. TOZER on TRUE PROPHETS

Great industrial concerns have in their employ men who are 
needed only when there is a breakdown somewhere. When 
something goes wrong with the machinery, these men spring into 
action to locate and remove the trouble and get the machinery 
rolling again.

For these men a smoothly operating system has no interest. They
are specialists concerned with trouble and how to find and correct it.

In the kingdom of God things are not too different. God has always 
had His specialists whose chief concern has been the moral 
breakdown, the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the 
church. Such men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of 
their kind who appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, 
rebuke and exhort in the name of God and righteousness.

A thousand or ten thousand ordinary priests or pastors or teachers
could labor quietly on almost unnoticed while the spiritual life of 
Israel or the church was normal. But let the people of God go 
astray from the paths of truth and immediately the specialist 
appeared almost out of nowhere. His instinct for trouble brought 
him to the help of the Lord and of Israel.

Such a man was likely to be drastic, radical, possibly at times 
violent, and the curious crowd that gathered to watch him work 
soon branded him as extreme, fanatical, negative. And in a sense 
they were right. He was single-minded, severe, fearless, and these 
were the qualities the circumstances demanded. He shocked 
some, frightened others and alienated not a few, but he knew who 
had called him and what he was sent to do. His ministry was 
geared to the emergency, and that fact marked him out as different, 
a man apart.

To such men as this the church owes a debt too heavy to pay. 
The curious thing is that she seldom tries to pay him while he lives, 
but the next generation builds his sepulcher and writes his 
biography, as if instinctively and awkwardly to discharge an 
obligation the previous generation to a large extent ignored...

[-From the Foreword to Leonard Ravenhill's "Why Revival Tarries". 
A brilliant book!]

The historian D'Aubigne writes: "A great work of God is never 
accomplished by the natural strength of man. It is from the dry 
bones, the darkness and the dust of death, that God is pleased to
select the  instruments by means of which He designs to scatter 
over the earth His light, regeneration and life." [- D'Aubigne's 
"History of the Reformation"].

Another writer has observed: "In the various crises that have
occurred in the history of the church, men have come to the front 
who have manifested a holy recklessness that astonished their 
fellows. When Luther nailed his theses to the door of the cathedral 
at Wittenberg, cautious men were astonished at his audacity. 
When John Wesley ignored all church restrictions and religious 
propriety and preached in the fields and by-ways, men declared 
his reputation was ruined. So it has been in all ages. When the 
religious condition of the times called for men who were willing to 
sacrifice all for Christ, the demand created the supply, and there 
have always been found a few who have been willing to be 
regarded reckless for the Lord. An utter recklessness concerning 
men's opinions and other consequences is the only attitude that 
can meet the exigencies of the present times." [Quoted by Frank 
Bartleman in "Azusa Street", pg 46. (Also published as "Another 
Wave Rolls in"). - Another brilliant book!]

God bless you all.

-The moderator.