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The Loneliness of the Christian, by A.W. Tozer

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By A. W. Tozer

The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world.

His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorptions in the love of Christ; and because with his circle of friends there are few who share his inner experiences, he’s forced to walk alone.

The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord himself suffered in the same way.

The man (or woman) who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk.

For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided, and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for the friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.

Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) was an American, pastor, preacher, magazine editor, Bible conference speaker, spiritual mentor, and author of more than 40 books, including at least two now regarded as Christian classics: The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. Though he had no formal theological training, his spiritual acumen and life’s work was recognized by two Christian colleges who bestowed upon him honorary doctorate degrees. He was affiliated with Christian and Missionary Alliance for his entire 44 years of ministry that began with his first pastorate in a small storefront church in Nutter Fort, WV, only five years after his conversion in 1919, and his longest pastorate spanning 30 years Southside Alliance Church in Chicago. The father of seven lived a simple and non-materialistic lifestyle his whole life, never owning an automobile, preferring to travel by bus or train. Tozer gave away most of his substantial book royalties to the poor. The inscription on his grave-marker in Akron, Ohio, reflects the simple life this anything but simple man lived, saying simply: “A. W. Tozer – A Man of God.”

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What to do when your pastor wants you to ‘submit’ but he is wrong? The Moses Model and spiritual abuse from the pulpit

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matt. 10:28

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. 2 Timothy 1:7

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand”. Mark 3:25

“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters”. Matt. 12:30

“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1

I was once part of a church where the pastor was placed on a pedestal.  Even though he was spiritually and emotionally abusive and taught false doctrine, most of the church-goers continued to apathetically and fearfully submit to him.  They did this because they were told that if they didn’t, they would be going against God Himself.  You know, the old “touch not the Lord’s anointed” nonsense, which is usually used in abusive groups in a twisted manner.  They were told that if they questioned leaders, they would be like Moses who could not enter the promised land.  The pastor was also teaching that the leaders could not be held accountable for their wrong-doings by those church-goers “below” them.  This was a Calvary Chapel church.

Hold your leaders accountable. Putting leaders on a very high pedestal is never wise.  This is what is done in the Moses cults by way of the Moses Model.  A few years ago, I spoke with Cult Expert Rick Ross.  He explained that the Moses Model is sometimes seen in spiritually abusive groups.  When we do this – and treat our pastor as if he were a “modern Moses” – we are not doing ourselves, the pastor or others any favors. Placing leaders high on the pedestal of unaccountability will only lead them to pride and empower them to spiritually abuse others. It leaves the door wide open for satan to do his work.

We are not doing ourselves or anyone any favors by submitting to leaders who are not submitting to the Lord (or who are completely perverting sound doctrine intentionally). Actually, the Bible commands us to “mark and avoid” such people. “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17; Emphasis mine).

Submission must ultimately be to GOD. Clearly, there are many leaders in the world who are not “of the Lord” as they claim, and many appear as “ministers of righteousness”. Jesus spoke and warned about such people. Also, we are not to submit to them, but to the LORD. If we are submitting to false leaders that lead us to sin or do things contrary to what Jesus has taught – instead of the LORD – we could actually be guilty of idolatry. We must not submit to them, and the Bible never intended that we submit to false and/or abusive leaders. As Christians, we must take into account the entire counsel of God and not focus in on only one Scripture.

“So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve”. 2 Corinthians 11:15

Author Bio’s

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Jordan L., Founder, Contributor

I am a researcher, writer and Christian theologian with a graduate certificate in Christian Apologetics from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (California).  I am board certified with IBCC (International Board of Christian Care).  I am a member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors and a charter member of the International Christian Coaching Association.

Brief Writing History:

  • A book on healing from spiritual abuse (in process)
  • A book called Sozo: Ladder of Lies (in process)
  • Blogger for The Christian Post (2012-2019)
  • “Sozo Research” (2011-2018; Pen name; A website that exposed the Sozo cult, which was imported into this website)
  • An apologetics website (2012-2018; Pen name)
  • “Joyful Victory” online publication (2012-2018; Pen name)
  • Author of Reigning Grace book and e-book (2012; Sold out; Discontinued)
  • Co-Author and Sponsor of There’s Only One Sure Thing; A booklet edition for The Pocket Testament League (2010; One edition; Sold out)
  • Independent Journalist for “The Examiner” News; Christian Living Section (Denver, Colorado; 2009 – 2016)

Pastor Jason Snider, Contributor

Jason is a Christian pastor who is passionate about reminding others of the grace, mercy and truth of Jesus.  Jason leads several ministries in his community in Arizona.  He is the co-author of a small, published book on Christian discernment.  In his free time, he enjoys biking, spending time outdoors, and writing.

Cameron C., Contributor

Cameron is a Christian writer and counter-cult activist.  Passionate about journalism and in-depth theological research, Cameron’s aim is to share Christ’s message. Cam also exposes the errors and dangers of the Sozo cult from Bethel Church in Redding, California, the Calvary Chapel deception and more.  Cam is a dog-mom and enjoys spending time outdoors, skiing and of course, doing theological research of peculiar, modern religious movements.

Thanks for reading!  Please note that each individual author’s views do not necessarily reflect the other authors’ views.  Each writer keeps the rights to his or her work.  Thanks so much for visiting this site.  If anything blesses you here, it’s from God’s good hand.   ~ Jordan 
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