Tozer on the Dead Church

“The church itself has changed.

“A little self-examination will reveal that it and its members have become fallow. It has lived through its early travails and has now come to accept an easier way of life. It is content to carry on its painless program with enough money to pay its bills and a membership large enough to assure its future.

“Its members now look to it for security rather than for guidance in the battle between good and evil. It has become a school instead of a barracks. Its members are students, not soldiers. They study the experiences of others instead of seeking new experiences of their own.”
A W Tozer, Paths to Power

2 thoughts on “Tozer on the Dead Church”

  1. I agree that the church is, by and large, not made up of soldiers. But neither is it made up of students as Tozer asserts. There is not much studying going on. And it is something of a barracks in that many go there to get a good rest at the end of a difficult week….but not a barracks in the sense that he means.

    Aw, heck, it’s kind of a lame metaphor, but I do agree with the gist of what he’s trying to express.

  2. I hear ya. Perhaps the church is more of a morgue with pastors walking around trying to make corpses look alive.

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