Writing a good ten years before the semi-pelagian Church Growth Movement would come slithering out of Fuller Theological Seminary and spawn man-centered movements such as the Purpose Driven Church of Rick Warren and the Emerging Church as represented by Rob Bell God attempted to warn the American Christian Church through watchmen on the wall like A.W. Tozer.

Sadly, she chose not to listen and now finds herself at the beginning of 1 Peter 4:17 judgments now coming upon her…

Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Saviour of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest.

To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable. This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrassing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show. MDP027

“Lord, take me to my knees in worship. Then let me go to shareYou, our great and majestic God Who deserves our worship. Amen.”

(Tozer on Christian Leadership, August 13)