Having recently read The Knowledge of The Holy by A.W.Tozer, and feeling nearly compelled to post the book in it’s entirety, I will refrain from doing so. Though some things in the book need be shouted from roof tops, one such thing is the following excerpt. Tozer writes “I think it might be demonstrated that almost every heresy that has afflicted the church through the years has arisen from believing about God things that are not true, or from over emphasizing certain true things so as to obscure other things equally true. To magnify any attribute to the exclusion of another is to head straight for one of the dismal swamps of theology; and yet we are all constantly tempted to do just that.”
Another excerpt along this line reads, “among the sins to which the human heart is prone, hardly any other is more hateful to God than idolatry, for idolatry is at it’s base a attempted libel on His character. The idolatrous heart assumes God is other than He is – in itself a monstrous sin – and substitutes for the true God one that is made after its own likeness. Always this god will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges.”
The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.
That our idea of God corresponds as nearly as possible to the true being of God is of immense importance to us. Compared with our actual thoughts about Him, our creedal statements are of little consequence. Our real idea of God may lie buried under the rubbish of conventional religious notions and may require intelligent and vigorous search before it is finally unearthed and exposed for what it is. Only after an ordeal of painful self probing are we likely to discover what we actually believe about God.
In all my years of study I have never seen the root of evil unveiled so clearly as in these quotes from this little book! As believers we must seek to understand with great carefulness and clarity who the Father of our spirit is.
Tozer writing a half-century ago states is his opinion that the Christian conception of God is so decadent as to be utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually constitutes for professed believers something amounting to moral calamity.
“Though God in his threefold revelation has provided answers to our questions concerning Him, the answers by no means lie on the surface. They must be sought by prayer, by long meditation on the written word, and by earnest and well disciplined labor. However brightly the Light may shine, it can be seen only by those who are spiritually prepared to receive it. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”