Faith in God Never Adds up to Gullibility
By A. W. Tozer
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro,
and carried about with every wind of doctrine. . . .
Let me tell you of the dangerous logic of the gullible
Christian who does not realize that it may be fatal to
believe everything that happens to come along!
I have met Christians with no more discrimination
than the ostrich. Because they must believe certain
things, they feel that they must believe everything.
Because they are called upon to accept the invisible
they go right on to accept the incredible. God can and
does work miracles: therefore, everything that passes for
a miracle must be of God!
God has spoken to man---therefore they feel that
every man who claims to have had a revelation from
God must be accepted as a prophet. Whatever is
unearthly must be heavenly; whatever cannot be
explained must be received as divine. The prophets
were rejected, therefore everyone who is rejected
is a prophet. The saints were misunderstood, they
agree, so everyone who is misunderstood is a saint.
This is the kind of dangerous logic that can be
as injurious as unbelief itself!
Faith is at the root of all true worship and without
faith it is impossible to please God. But faith never
means gullibility. The man who believes everything is as
far from God as the man who refuses to believe anything.
Faith engages the Person and promises of God and rests
upon them with perfect assurance---and of such faith we
can never have too much.
Credulity, on the other hand, never honors God, for it
shows as great a readiness to believe anybody as to
believe God Himself!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.