[img]http://www.sermonindex.net/images/tozerdev.gif[/img]GLAMOR INSTEAD OF GLORYOne ominous sign in the social structure that surrounds us is the false attitude toward anything that can be called "ordinary." There has grown up all around us an idea that the "commonplace" is old-fashioned and strictly for the birds! This existing mania for glamor and contempt for the ordinary are signs and portents in American society. Even religion has gone glamorous! In case you do not know what glamor is, I might explain that it is a compound of sex, paint, padding and artificial lights. It came to America by way of the honky-tonk and the movie lot; got accepted by the world first, and then strutted into the Church-vain, self-admiring and contemptuous. Instead of the Spirit of God in our midst, we now have the spirit of glamor, as artificial as painted death! Say what you will, it is a new kind of Christianity, with new concepts that face us brazenly wherever we turn within the confines of evangelical Christianity. The new Christian no longer wants to be good or saintly or virtuous!PrayerLord, do not let our churches be sucked into the whirlpool of glamour, Help us to grow our churches based on the authority of scripture, and not the vanity of men.ScriptureTherefore, brethren, standfast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15For more info:[url=http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/tozer/tozer.jsp]http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/tozer/tozer.jsp[/url]
Even the title of this article is sad. It speaks so much of Ichabod (1 Sam 4v21).The church is content to go on as it is, even without God. Most of them do.How we must grieve God.We act as though we matter more than He does. What godless arrogance that is!Those that are in the flesh cannot please God.Are we pleasing God? Do we care? It doesn't look like it.He can cut us off from His prescence any time He wants too. Maybe some of us have been cut off and don't even realise it. That, personally, scares me.God help us to wake up before it is too late. God bless.
This is great. Cuts right to the quick. We need a broadside like this everyday. It's articles like these that make me love Tozer so much. The man had a way of lasering through worthless rock and presenting an extraordinarily fine crystal of baldfaced truth in one paragraph. Thanks for bringing it out of the treasury.Brother Paul
_________________Paul Frederick West