Paul N. F. (4 July 2011)
"DISCIPLINE IS DISMISSED"


  DISCIPLINE IS DISMISSED

  By A. W. Tozer

 
Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they
  straightway left their nets, and followed him
                                                                  Matthew 4:19-20

   We live in a land noted and favored for its freedom; a
 country where Protestant Christianity is popular and well
 accepted.

   I noted this to speak of one of the great spiritual
 dangers inherent in Protestantism, the fact that there is
 no discipline involved.  Anyone in our churches is pretty
 much free to do anything he wants to do.  If he does not
 like one church he has only to cross the street and go to
 another.  If he does not like the preacher, he can leave and
 soon be attending a church where he is quite pleased with
 the  preacher  and  with  the  music  and  with  the
 atmosphere.

  You see, he is demanding Christianity without
discipline.  He is  refusing  to  acknowledge  that  the
Christian faith makes its own demands of obedience to
God and humility of spirit.

  When his personal desires take the upper hand, the
voice of the Spirit of God is stifled and silenced.  There
can be only one result -- the human soul will become
starved and deformed!
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Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.