The Permanence of Salvation

The Permanence of Salvation

Twelve Reasons Why “Once Saved, Always Saved” Is True
By Dr. Thomas M. Cucuzza

The Permanence of Salvation
One of the most debated issues in the history of the church has been whether or not a person, once saved, can lose his salvation. There are those who believe that a person must work to obtain salvation. Others hold to the belief that a person is saved through faith, but is then responsible for maintaining salvation by living a faithful Christian life. Those who subscribe to this line of thinking believe that failure to live a faithful Christian life results in forfeiture of salvation and loss of eternal life. What does the Bible have to say about these issues?
According to the Bible, when a person trusts Christ as Savior he is, at that very moment, born again.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

Jesus confronted Nicodemus with his need for salvation and then explained how a man can be born again.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

So, the question remains. Can you lose your salvation or not? Is permanence just wishful thinking? Is there any scriptural foundation for belief in the permanence of salvation? This question is more significant than most people realize because it strikes at the very heart of what it means to be “saved”. The answer will cause each of us to confront what we believe about God’s grace versus man’s works.
Consider the following twelve reasons why we know salvation is permanent:

  1. Salvation is permanent because Christ paid the price for all sin–past, present, and future.
    “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39).
    The word “forgiveness” means “to cause to send away” as in “to release one’s sins from the sinner”. All of our sins were in the future when Jesus died. Therefore we know that if He has paid for any of them, He has paid for all of them. “All” means “all”!

“All” in the Greek means 100% of all there is.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30).


The payment required for all sin for all time was paid in full. If the penalty for all the sins of your entire life has been paid, and you have placed your faith in Christ alone, what could send you to hell? The answer is, nothing. That perfect, one time payment that our Lord Jesus Christ made for each of us purchased our eternal redemption! If it is eternal redemption then, once you have been redeemed, it must certainly last forever.
“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”
(Hebrews 9:12).

  1. Salvation is permanent because believers have been justified; that is declared righteous.
    God alone determines who goes to heaven and who does not. He has ordained that all that put their trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior are justified.

Justified” is a judicial term that describes the status of a person whom the judge has declared “not guilty”! The Judge of the universe has spoken on behalf of the believer and the matter is settled. The eternal verdict is “not guilty”.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:31-34).

  1. Salvation is permanent because everlasting life is everlasting.
    Everlasting means “eternal, perpetual, forever, endless, ageless, dateless, timeless, everlasting, infinite, permanent and ceaseless”. The Complete Word Study Dictionary states, “When referring to eternal life, it means the life which is God’s and hence it is not affected by the limitations of time.” The Bible says,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is [has] passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
If everlasting life could cease, then it would not be everlasting! It would be temporary.

  1. Salvation is permanent because God promises never to lose the one who trusts in Jesus Christ.
    God promises that, if you come to Him by faith, He will never lose you nor cast you out. What could be more assuring? It should settle the issue of eternal security once and for all. Jesus said,
    “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (John 6:37-39).
    The will of the Father, to which Jesus Christ was obedient, is set forth in verse 38. You are secure because Jesus promised never to lose you! If you can be lost after having once been saved, then Jesus Christ is disobedient to His Father and a failure. That, of course, is impossible. He was perfectly obedient in fulfilling all of the Father’s will, part of which was to never lose those who place their trust in Him alone.
  1. Salvation is permanent because the Eternal God does not give birth to temporary children.
    Humanly speaking, when you were born you became the child of your birth parents. There is nothing that can undo that biological relationship. If this is true in the physical world, why would it be any different in the spiritual realm? The idea of becoming unborn is nowhere found in Scripture! I repeat, nowhere!
    “But as many as received him [Jesus Christ], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
    Salvation is an event that happens only once in a person’s lifetime. The Gospel of John, chapter 3, could not make this any clearer. Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” He did not say, “Ye must be born again, and again, and again.” Once you become a child of God, you are henceforth and forevermore a child of God!
  1. Salvation is permanent because the believer is already glorified in the eyes of God.
    This is an amazing fact! The believer is already seen as being in Heaven with the Lord.
    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”
    (Romans 8:28-30).

You are already glorified (aorist tense) in the eyes of God. God sees you as though you had already left this earthly tabernacle with its confines, sickness and disease. He sees you as though you had left behind your sin nature and its consequences in your life. If God sees it as an accomplished fact in the past, then it must and will be your experience in the future. Otherwise God is not God. What an awesome God we have!

  1. Salvation is permanent because, when you believe, you are in God’s hands–not your own.
    I once worked with a man who believed that, if he were to sin after he trusted Christ as his Savior, he needed to confess that sin before he died or he would be lost in hell forever. This idea is not found any place in Scripture. This man was, in fact, trusting in his faithfulness to confess his sins instead of trusting in Christ. Jesus said,
    “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
    This is a wonderfully reassuring verse which states clearly the everlasting security that believers have in Christ. For many years Allstate Insurance Company has employed the motto “You’re in good hands with Allstate”. While Allstate may be a fine insurance company, you’re in even better hands with the Lord Jesus Christ! This point is brought home even more in the next verse which says,
    “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29).
    You are secure in the hands of both the Father and the Son. But the Biblical assurance goes even further.
  1. Salvation is permanent because the believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit.
    Being “sealed” with the Holy Spirit can best be illustrated by examining the historical function of a king’s signet ring. In days of old, a king would seal a letter with his signet ring to authenticate its origin as well as to protect the privacy of its contents. A signet ring was crafted with the king’s unique symbol on it so that when it was pressed into soft wax poured over the edge of the document the unique marking was left in the wax. The undisturbed wax impression was proof that what was contained inside belonged to the king himself. This is the same concept described in the Bible to explain this special ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the Greek word “sphragis”. Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary defines signet as “fencing in or protecting from misappropriation; by implication the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), literal or figurative”. The Holy Spirit is that seal of the believer’s salvation keeping him secure until he reaches Heaven. This role is consistent and in harmony with the work of both the Father and the Son.
    So it is evident that the entire Trinity is involved in keeping the believer saved. He is held in the Son’s hand, enclosed by the Father’s hand, and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
    “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”
    (Ephesians 1:13-14).
    “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
  1. Salvation is permanent because, when a person trusts Christ, he becomes part of the body of Christ.
    The moment a person believes in what Christ did for him on the cross, he is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. He becomes one with Christ and every other believer in the body. Altogether we become “body parts” such as eyes, ears, etc.
    (1 Corinthians 12:12-26). The thought of parts “coming and going” is inconceivable and even preposterous. Yet, this would have to be the case if a believer could lose his salvation. No. Once you become part of the body of Christ you are forever a part of the body of Christ. Paul described this new relationship as follows:
    “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1Corinthians 12:12-13).
  2. Salvation is permanent because everlasting life is a gift–not a reward.
    Unlike all other religions of the world, Biblical salvation does not depend on a person’s performance.

Every other religion in the world bases salvation on the individual’s good works, and thus on the performance of the individual. We see this in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and in many “Christian” religions, such as Catholicism, Church of Christ, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, etc. However, the Bible is clear. Salvation is a free gift.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Let me again state the obvious. A gift is not a gift if it has to be earned.
And so the truth becomes clear. If a person is not saved by performance, then whether he lives faithfully or not has no bearing on whether he will go to Heaven. Yes, of course, the believer ought to be faithful, but that is not the issue in salvation. Your salvation is totally dependent on GOD’S faithfulness–not yours. If you are depending on your good works to get you to Heaven, then you are trusting in your faithfulness for your salvation. If you are struggling to “hang on”, you do not understand that Biblical salvation is a gift. It is not something to be achieved, but rather it is something to be received by faith. The Bible says,

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

  1. Salvation is permanent because it is God who keeps us saved.
    “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”
    (1 Peter 1:4-5).
    When you call a hotel to make a reservation, the clerk at the front desk makes the reservation for you. You make your trip fully trusting that, when you arrive at that specific hotel, there will be a room set aside for you. In fact, you would be surprised if there were no reservation for you when you arrived. You fully expect and believe that there will be a room waiting for you when you arrive, and you have a right to that expectation. After all, it has been promised to you!
    The sad truth is most people have more trust in Holiday Inn than they do in the Lord Jesus Christ!

They live their entire lives fearing that they do not have reservations in Heaven even though God has promised them over and over to every one that would simply place his trust in Jesus Christ. There is no greater power in the universe than God, and it is He Himself who keeps our heavenly reservation. We need only trust Him and believe what He says about our eternal home.

  1. Salvation is permanent because God cannot lie.
    If Jesus Christ Himself said that you have (present possession) everlasting life the moment you trust Him as Savior, is it true or not? The fact is, God cannot lie so it must be true. Stop and ponder this truth for a moment. Paul’s epistle to Titus states,
    “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Titus 1:2).
    God promises eternal life to those who believe. Will you believe God who cannot lie, or will you believe man, who is fallible and prone to error? The Bible says,
    “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:9-12).
    And so it is clear that when you put your faith in Jesus Christ you are saved forever. You are safe and secure for all eternity. This is God’s way of salvation and His promise to you. Just as natural children born of human parents are those parents’ children from that point on, likewise once God gives spiritual birth to His children, they are His children forever. Nowhere in the Bible can we find a single verse that speaks of a believer becoming “unborn” once he has been born into God’s family. Nor does the Bible teach that a person can be born again, and again, and again. The Scriptures are abundantly clear that once a person is saved, he is saved forever. He has everlasting life! It is the Lord who keeps a person saved after he has trusted Christ as personal Savior, and not he himself. The believer is “preserved in Jesus Christ”. This is “eternal security”.
    It is evident that if it were up to each of us to keep ourselves “preserved” for Heaven, then we are in very feeble–even impossible hands! We cannot keep ourselves saved any more than we can save ourselves to begin with. The Apostle Paul said it eloquently in Galatians,
    “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
    (Galatians 3:13).
    Believers are kept eternally by the power of God alone.
    Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time
    (1 Peter 1:5).
    Since it is God who keeps and preserves, believers can never be lost once saved.
    ARE YOU SURE OF HEAVEN?
    While reading this booklet you may have come to the realization that you have been trusting in your good works to get you to heaven. You cannot be saved that way. Please take some time to read and understand the following truths:
    The Bible tells us that we are all sinners, less perfect than God.
    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23).
    To sin is to miss the mark of God’s perfection. We have all violated His word and broken His commandments. The price that God demands for payment of sin is death. If you choose to pay for your own sin, you will have to die and spend forever separated from God in Hell.
    “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
    God’s Word also says that no sin can enter Heaven because Heaven is a perfect place and sin would bring death. Man must be sinless in God’s eyes to enter Heaven.
    “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).

There is absolutely nothing you can do to obtain the sinless perfection God requires for eternal life. No amount of good works or sincerity can give you the righteousness needed. The Bible says,
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Because God loves you, He sent His Son Jesus Christ– God in the flesh– to earth to take your place and make the complete payment for all your sin. Three days later, he came back from the dead proving the payment was accepted by God the Father.
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
All you must do to possess everlasting life is believe, or trust, that Jesus Christ alone paid the price for your sin.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God promises that if you put your trust in Christ alone you will receive, at that very moment, everlasting life. He cannot lie. Because He has promised it, on the
20authority of God’s Word, you can be sure of going to Heaven today.
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).
Why not, right now, trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior? If you do, He will give you eternal life and you will be secure forever.
If you have any questions concerning the permanence of salvation, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Thomas M. Cucuzza 3686 County Road 8 S.E. St. Cloud, MN 56304
Phone: 320.252.5677
Email: tmcucuzza@northlandchurch.

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A.W. Tozer: Should Christians Read or Quote?

A.W. Tozer: Should Christians Read or Quote?

By Redeeming Moments

The purpose of this article is to inform and warn others of Tozer’s many errors doctrinally. I do not judge Tozer’s salvation, I do not know if he believed the gospel at one point. But the Bible warns us to ‘take heed to the doctrine’ (1 Tim 4:16). Paul warned even elders about this concerned they could be deceived (Acts 20:25-32). He was afraid they would put up will those who brought another Jesus or another gospel as the Mystics do (2 Cor 11:3-15). So we need to mark and avoid these types of teachings (Rom 16:17-19) and contend earnestly for the faith once delivered (Jude 3).

If I missed citing a source, please let me know, I will correct it immediately. I compiled this many years ago and added to it, so I’m sure I’m missing some things.

A.W. Tozer (Aiden Wilson)

Tozer is well-liked to this day by Calvinists and Arminians both. He was a purveyor of Lordship doctrine. He was one of the ones that coined the disgraceful epithet, ‘easy-believism’.

This quote from ‘The Best of A.W. Tozer’ clearly shows he did not understand the gospel; “In the Bible the offer of pardon on the part of God is conditioned upon intention to reform on the part of man. There can be no spiritual regeneration till there has been a moral reformation” 7

Is that so?

There has to be a moral regeneration before one can be born again? If that were true, you’d have to ask, “how long of a process is it to become saved?”

Must anyone be “intent to reform” in order to receive the free gift of eternal life? Doesn’t a desire to reform come with time cooperating with the Lord to continue in His Word and actually take heed to it? (Ps 119:9) 

I believe the sole condition of being saved is found in the book of John. The purpose of the entire book is found in John 20:31 – But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Charlie Bing included this regarding Tozer:

  1. W. Tozer, a Lordship Salvation proponent, charges that “a notable heresy has come into being throughout our evangelical Christian circles—the widely-accepted concept that we humans can choose to accept Christ only because we need Him as Saviour and that we have the right to postpone our obedience to Him as Lord as long as we want to.” 9,10

My friend, (now with the Lord), Pastor Jack Weaver (expreacherman.com) said:

Tozer, Deeper Life teacher – mystic and Lordship “Salvationist” before it was called that.8

The Gnostic Apocrypha

Why does Tozer ‘draw on Apocryphal references’ in his book ‘Pursuit of God’. Tozer wrote many books,

The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, The Purpose of Man, The Crucified Life, Prayer: Communing with God in Everything, and God’s Pursuit of Man are compelling titles of some of the books Tozer wrote.

Tozer and Catholic Mysticism

Tozer was heavily influenced by the Catholic mystics in his books. What are we to do with leaven (Gal 5:7-10) ?  Introduce it to the church by quoting them favorably?

Once’, (Calvinist Martyn Lloyd-Jones recalled), ‘Dr. Tozer and I shared a conference years ago, and I appreciated his ministry and his fellowship very much. One day he said to me: ‘Lloyd-Jones, you and I hold just about the same position on spiritual matters, but we have come to this position by different routes.’ ‘How do you mean?’ I asked. ‘Well,’ Tozer replied, ‘you came by way of the Puritans and I came by way of the mystics.’ And, you know,’ said Lloyd-Jones, ‘he was right.’ 4

COMMENT: I am dismayed that neither of the two say that they came by the way of the Scriptures – 2 Tim 3:14-17. Why on earth would we need the mystics? It is divining, it is philosophy and vain deceit (Col 2:8), and should be avoided.

MYSTICS QUOTED

Some people don’t seem to have issues with this, but once again, we are introducing leaven (disobeying His Word). We are possibly making a young one stumble, and if they favor the Roman Catholic Mystics, and base some of their doctrine upon them, how much leaven is in their lump? Aren’t they then spoiled? Interesting that Tozer’s site quotes them as ‘Christian Mystics’ that he ‘drew heavily from’, along with ‘early church fathers’ and ‘revivalists’.Catholicism teaches a gospel of works, sacraments, and the Word shows us in Gal 1:6-9 that this is accursed.

Tozer quoted Nicholas of Cusa in ‘Pursuit of God’, I have/had this book sadly, one a pastor recommended to me I believe many years ago. Cusa’s book was ‘The Vision of God’. This Roman Catholic Mystic was ‘deeply influenced by Saint Augustine’. St. Augustine is another Bishop with mystical experiences including his conversion which had to do with hearing a child’s voice say ‘take up and read’ (and it wasn’t the gospel, so how did he get saved?)

Nicholas mixes the metaphysical with the personal…. Nicholas was a German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. NICHOLAS OF CUSA (1401-1464) was a philosopher, jurist, mathematician, and astronomer. Also referred to as Nicolaus Cusanus and Nicholas of Kues, he is considered one of the great geniuses and polymaths of the 15th century.2

Tozer quoted many mystics favorably. What is REALLY important to note, is these men are NOT to be followed at all, so why quote a portion of leaven… this is disobedience to God’s Word in several places. He is not to have them into his home (same thing as including them favorably in his book), or wish them godspeed, he is sharing in their evil deeds.

  • In chapter 3 of The Pursuit of God , ‘Removing the Veil,’ Tozer quotes Chinese sage, Lao-tze: “That is the first step, and as…Lao-tze has said, ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.'”3
  • Roman Catholics Augustine 3
  • Highly contemplative – Thomas á Kempis 3
  • Francis of Assisi 3
  • von Hugel 3
  • Bernard of Clairvaux 3
  • Bernard of Cluny
  • The poet William Blake 3
  • Hymn writer Frederick Faber, (a convert to Catholicism). 3
  • Brother Lawrence, “Practicing the Presence” (One of his favorite reads he said)
  • Teresa of Avila
  • St. John of the Cross
  • Dame Julian of Norwich
  • Anselm
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Ruysbroeck
  • Rolle
  • Tauler
  • Hilton
  • Evelyn Underhill – both mystic and ecumenical, Tozer when quoting him said it was the “insights” of that “master of the inner life” (his words)
  • Meister Eckhert –the author of the Cloud of unknowing. “The Cloud of Unknowing” pg. 19, “For it sufficeth enough, a naked intent direct unto God without any other cause than Himself….lapped and foldenin one word, for that thou shouldest have better hold thereupon, take thee but a little word of one syllablefor so it is better than of two, for even the shorter it is the better it accordeth with the work of the Spirit. And such a word is this word GOD or this word LOVE”In alignment with his love of “Practicing the Presence” by Monk Brother Lawrence, Tozer suggests the same — repeating a word such as “love” or “God”, one syllable, one word. Contemplatives do the same; repeating the words, until they “enter into the Presence”.
  • “The Cloud of Unknowing” writer’s mystical bent seems clear. Contemplative prayer is to empty your mind, instead of having our minds renewed daily.
  • Daniel Snyder’s book “In Pursuit of God” lists all the mystics he quoted — however, he is a fan of Tozer.
  • In Tozer’s book, “Knowledge of the Holy”, he uses almost 20 favorable quotes of Roman Catholic mystics.

More Quotes by Tozer

“In many churches Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone, and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone!” — I Talk Back to the Devil — A.W. Tozer.

MY COMMENT: I rather think the Word of God has been watered down and lacking in churches along with false gospels of works like Tozers. Or people don’t want to take any instruction from God’s Word, they cast it behind their backs (in favor of some of these types). Ps 50:16-17

“What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” — The Knowledge of the Holy — A.W. Tozer

MY COMMENT: What comes to mind could be truth or error, and if truth, is not the most important thing about us, but Him.

“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” — Glorify his name! Root of the Righteous” — A. W. Tozer; Chapter 39.

MY COMMENT: I could be tempted to have quite a long answer here, especially with his ‘it is doubtful whether God can’… But he should have just started with Matthew 5 and reframed his words.

“Some of my friends good-humoredly – and some a little bit severely – have called me a ‘mystic.’ Well I’d like to say this about any mysticism I may suppose to have. If an arch-angel from heaven were to come, and were to start giving me, telling me, teaching me, and giving me instruction, I’d ask him for the text. I’d say, ‘Where’s it say that in the Bible? I want to know.’ And I would insist that it was according to the scriptures, because I do not believe in any extra-scriptural teachings, nor any anti-scriptural teachings, or any sub-scriptural teachings. I think we ought to put the emphasis where God puts it, and continue to put it there, and to expound the scriptures, and stay by the scriptures. I wouldn’t – no matter if I saw a light above the light of the sun, I’d keep my mouth shut about it ’til I’d checked with Daniel and Revelation and the rest of the scriptures to see if it had any basis in truth. And if it didn’t, I’d think I’d just eaten something I shouldn’t, and I wouldn’t say anything about it. Because I don’t believe in anything that is unscriptural or that is anti-scripture.” — What Difference Does the Holy Spirit Make? — A. W. Tozer

MY COMMENT: Sadly, He didn’t keep his mouth shut and he did spout stuff that the Word did not say. He also said stuff the Bible did say, but he had a tendency to lean to other men’s words.

DISCLAIMER: Some information below (in blue) from another’s site, not a recommendation, but a source for Tozer’s quotes. Although I agree with the thoughts regarding Tozer’s quotes, I could not find a gospel or statement of faith on the site, so it is simply a source quote.11

PANTHEISM OR PANENTHEISM

“Godcontainsspace.” [TAG, p. 5]

“Then there is God. God has the attribute of immanence and immensity. God is immanent, which means you don’t have to go distances to find God.He is in everything.He is right here.

“God is above all things, beneath all things, outside of all thingsand inside of all things. God is above, but He’s not pushed up. He’s beneath, but not pressed down. He’s outside, but He’s not excluded.He’s inside,but He’s not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, outside of all things embracing,and inside of all things filling. That is the immanence of God.” [TAG, p. 22, emphasis added]

“Remember that God is outside of all thingsand inside of all thingsand around all things.” [TAG, p. 23, emphasis added]

“God is omnipresent, which means God is everywhere. God is also immanent, which means that Godpenetrateseverything.This is standard Christian doctrine, believed even in the earliest days of Judaism. God is omnipresent and immanent, penetrating everything even while He contains all things.” [TAG, pp. 137-138, emphasis added]

Tozer adds, “God is so immense that the universe cannot contain Him. Though He is in everything,He is not confined to or contained by His creation. Instead, He contains it.As an exercise to see how this view of God stands up against Scripture, meditate on Isaiah 40. Note how certain verses relate to what Tozer has said so far about God’s immensity. It is interesting to compare verse 15 to Lady Julian’s vision of the hazelnut.” 

MY COMMENTS: Tozer’s thoughts are Pantheism or Panentheism. God and the universe are not one and the same thing. He is not found ‘within all things’, and it’s fairly easy to see he is leaning on Mystic Julian of Norwich’s writing (a Catholic female hermit who had visions). The world is not part of God. And God is not dependent on the world. He needs nothing from man.

Some more thoughts from the website referenced11

#1: If God is in everything [and by extension, every person], then there is no distinction between good and evil, there is no distinction between believer and unbeliever, children of God and children of disobedience/wrath, for all actions would then find their origination with God since He is in everything/everyone.

#2: There is no such thing as sin—because if God is in everything/ everyone, then He cannot act against Himself. For example, there cannot be such a sin as idolatry, because those considered to be worshiping idols are actually worshiping a manifestation of God. Nor can one person sin against another simply because each being filled with and permeated by God simply cannot act against God.

#3: If God is in everything, and there is no such thing as sin, then there is no need for redemption.

#4: If God is in everything, there is no such thing as sin, and no need for redemption, then the Bible is not true for it teaches the creation is distinct from the Creator, not a part of the Creator, that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, and require redemption.

#5: If God is in everything/everyone, there is no real eternal judgment, for He would have to render judgment against a part of Himself.

I am sure there are other implications which I have not explored, but these should suffice to show that Tozer’s teaching concerning immanence is, at best, sub-Christian, if not slashing away at the heart of fundamental Christian teaching.

Tozer further went on to demonstrate his heterodoxy in other ways. Tozer did not believe in the doctrine of man’s total depravity – that his nature is corrupt, and because of that corruption, he is, by nature, opposed and hostile to God. Tozer states than: “…we learnimpurity from our cradles.” [TAG, p. 158, emphasis added] In other words, Tozer did not believe we sin because that is our nature and disposition from the moment we are conceived in the womb. Instead, according to him, we sin because that is what we learn from the moment we are born. Again, Tozer’s understanding is not what is taught in Scripture according to Psalm 51:5.

“In the previous chapter I dealt with the fact of remoteness – that distance is unlikeness – and I pointed out that hell is for those unlike God.” [TAG, p. 138]

“Heaven is a place of complete comparability, and sin introduces incompatibility between God and the sinner. There cannot be any comparability or communion between the two because sin introduces that quality which throws humans and God out of accord with each other.” [TAG, p. 140] 11

Tozer received his ordination in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a movement which affirms sanctification/perfectionism as a second work of grace subsequent to conversion/justification.12

Some books that documented Tozer’s Mysticism

I am not recommending these books in any way, shape or form. Some brief blips from the books themselves will follow for you to see for yourself. Just showing that it is not a question that he was involved with, recommended and quoted many mystics.

The Mystic Spiritualityof A. W. Tozer, a Twentieth-Century Protestant E. Lynn Harris, 1992

Though much work has been done in the fields of Catholic and Oriental spirituality, Protestant spirituality has been neglected. After a brief biography of Tozer, this study compares Tozer’s mysticism to thirty-five mystical classics he recommended, such as John of the CrossTeresa of Avila, etc.  

Lamps on the Candelabrum:Five Evangelical Mystics

by David, A J. Seargent MA PhD FRAS

This eBook gives a brief account of the lives and basic teachings of five Christian teachers who could be described as “evangelical mystics”. They are A. W. Tozer, Watchman Nee, the Indian “Christian mystic” Sadhu Sundar Singh, Pakistani visionary, Gulshan Esther, and Welsh evangelist, Selwyn Hughes. 

BOOKS BY TOZER (publishers description)

The Christian Book of Mystical Verse  by A. W. Tozer 

The purpose of this book is to bring together in one convenient volume some of the best devotional verse the English language affords, and thus to make available to present day Christians a rich spiritual heritage which the greater number of them for various reasons do not now enjoy. I have not hesitated to apply the term “mystical” to the material I have collected here, though I readily admit that fewer than half a dozen of the men and women who would be called true mystics in the strict classical sense will be found here. Such names as Eckhart, Ruysbroeck, John of the Cross, Teresa, Rolle, Tauler, Hilton, Francis of Assisi, for instance, are not represented in this volume at all. On the other hand the frequent appearance of such a man as Watts might cause the reader to lift a questioning eyebrow and ask, “Is Watts also among the mystics?” Well, the answer must be, Of course he is, and so are John Newton and James Montgomery and Reginald Heber and Charles Wesley, as well as many others who might have balked at being called mystics but whose writings, nevertheless, reveal unmistakable traces of purest mysticism and are the better for it. And for that matter the same thing may be said of the inspired writings of such men as Moses and David and Isaiah and Daniel and Paul and John, the works of the latter showing more than traces of the mystical spirit, being indeed charged full with it.

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

From the Inside Flap

This classic of Christian testimony and devotion explores the attributes of God in words that fly straight to the heart. A superb aid to strengthening and deepening the spiritual life, each chapter begins with a prayer, lucidly discusses a divine aspect–from God’s infinity to God’s love–and relates that aspect to today’s world, while pointing always to God’s wonder and inscrutability.

Tozer asserts that the cause of many of our modern spiritual woes is the loss in today’s church of a lofty concept of God. He argues persuasively that the cure lies in our rediscovery of God’s majesty. “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us,” he writes. “The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.” The Knowledge of the Holy bears eloquent witness to the concept of God’s majesty, encourages reverent meditation on the being of God, and offers a way to bring back spiritual power to our lives.

Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Publisher’s comment: “Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God, eager to grasp at least the outskirts of His ways, the abyss of His love for sinners, and the height of His unapproachable majesty,” Quoted from the introduction by Samuel Zwemer. 

This version has been carefully formatted use on the Kindle e-reader. Scriptural references have been footnoted with book, chapter, and verse to aid the reader in their study of the Holy Scriptures regardless of their preferred translation. Some secular & apocryphal references have also been footnoted with brief highlights to better inform readers of the wealth of knowledge from which Tozer draws. This version also presents all quotations of the words of Christ in red letter format.

In the first chapter, “Following Hard After God”. Special attention is drawn to the first and last paragraph:

  1. “If we would find God amid all the religious externals we must first determine to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity. Now as always God discovers Himself to “babes” and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond.
  1. When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habit of seeking God-and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the “and” lies our great woe. If we omit the “and” we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing.
  1. We need not fear that in seeking God only we may narrow our lives or restrict the motions of our expanding hearts. The opposite is true. We can well afford to make God our All, to concentrate, to sacrifice the many for the One.
  1. The author of the quaint old English classic, The Cloud of Unknowing, teaches us how to do this. (Not the Bible?) “Lift up thine heart unto God with a meek stirring of love; and mean Himself, and none of His goods. And thereto, look thee loath to think on aught but God Himself. So that nought work in thy wit, nor in thy will, but only God Himself. This is the work of the soul that most pleaseth God.”

MY COMMENT: There is some truth above. But it just is not ‘great plainness of speech’ (2 Cor 3:12). Heb 11:6 also comes to mind. Who is he to say what ‘most pleases God’? It seems the writer took some from James 1:6-8, but this is just man’s word above God’s (1 Cor 4:6). Reminds me of the excellency of speech 1 Cor 2:1-5 warns against.

  1. Again, he recommends that in prayer we practice a further stripping down of everything, even of our theology. “For it sufficeth enough, a naked intent direct unto God without any other cause than Himself.” Yet underneath all his thinking lay the broad foundation of New Testament truth, for he explains that by “Himself” he means “God that made thee, and bought thee, and that graciously called thee to thy degree.” And he is all for simplicity: If we would have religion “lapped and folden in one word, for that thou shouldst have better hold thereupon, take thee but a little word of one syllable: for so it is better than of two, for even the shorter it is the better it accordeth with the work of the Spirit. And such a word is this word GOD or this word LOVE.“

But the Bible says:

Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. 1 Tim 4:16

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:14-17

A.W.Tozer Quotes Daily

July 16, 2012

“Artificiality is one curse that will drop away the we kneel at Jesus’ feet and surrender ourselves to His meekness.” – A.W.Tozer, ‘The Pursuit of God’, Chapter 9: Meekness and Rest 1

My Comment: (Didn’t Christ take the curse for us on the cross? Gal 3:10-14). God bless us all to be searching His Word to see if what people are saying is really true (Acts 17:11)

1 – A.W. Tozer quotes Daily – Facebook

2 – Nicholas of Cuza – Vision of God book description

3  http://www.thebereancall.org/content/question-you-have-promoted-books-aw-tozer-yet-tozer-constantly-quoted-catholic-mystics

4 – Daniel Snyder’s book “In Pursuit of God”.

5 – http://www.onthewing.org/user/Tozer1%20Reconsidered%20-%20Riggle.pdf

6 – http://tozer.simpsonu.edu/Pages/About/Tozer-AWTozer.htm

7 – The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book 2, pg. 115-117; Compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe.

8 – https://expreacherman.com/2012/09/21/paul-washer-again-lordship-salvation-message-and-worse/

9 – https://www.gracelife.org/resources/lordshipsalvation/?id=1

10 – Tozer, Heresy!, 9-20

11 – http://davestheology.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/a-w-tozer-a-trojan-horse-for-apostasy/

12 – http://www.frontlinemin.org/higherlife.asp

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