Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monsters of the Midwest

A.W. Bull-Tozer is our "theologian from the crypt" hero! Aiden Wilson Tozer (April 21, 1897 - May 12, 1963) was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, Bible conference speaker, and spiritual mentor. For his work, he received two honorary doctorate degrees.

Hailing from a tiny farming community in western Pennsylvania, his conversion was as a teenager in Akron, Ohio. While on his way home from work at a tire company, he overheard a street preacher say: "If you don't know how to be saved... just call on God." Upon returning home, he climbed into the attic and heeded the preacher’s advice.

In 1950, Tozer received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Wheaton College. It was May 1950, when Tozer was elected editor of the Alliance Weekly magazine, now called, Alliance Life, the official publication of the C&MA. From his first editorial, dated June 3, 1950, he wrote, "It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that."

Among the more than 40 books that he authored, at least two are regarded as Christian classics: The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. His books impress on the reader the possibility and necessity for a deeper relationship with God.
Living a simple and non-materialistic lifestyle, he and his wife, Ada Cecelia Pfautz, never owned a car, preferring bus and train travel. Even after becoming a well-known Christian author, Tozer signed away much of his royalties to those who were in need.

Tozer spent his life warning Christians of the "sin monsters" they faced in their everyday life. 
Tozer has a dumptruck of famous quotes, including:

"We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum."

"The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions."

“The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.”

"We modern Christians are long on talk and short on conduct."

"The abuse of a harmless thing is the essence of sin monsters." 

"We have learned to live with unholy monsters and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing."

Wheaton Heroes has created a series of limited edition trading cards for students warning of the 9 Tozer Monsters:

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