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 False and Degrading Thrills -Tozer


False and Degrading Thrills

One of the greatest calamities that sin has brought upon us is the debasement of our normal emotions. We laugh at things that are not funny; we find pleasure in acts that are beneath our human dignity; and we rejoice in objects that should have no place in our affections. The objection to "sinful pleasures" that has always been characteristic of the true saint, is at bottom simply a protest against the degradation of our human emotions. That gambling, for instance, should be allowed to engross the interests of men made in the image of God has seemed 'like a horrible perversion of noble powers; that alcohol should be necessary to stimulate the feeling of pleasure has seemed like a kind of prostitution; that men should turn to the man-made theatre for enjoyment has seemed an affront to the God who placed us in the midst of a universe charged with high dramatic action. The world's artificial pleasures are all but evidence that the human race has to a large extent lost its power to enjoy the true pleasures of life and is forced to substitute for them false and degrading thrills.

Take away our love of man-made enjoyment, Father, and replace it with a love for the true pleasures of life.

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.
—Galatians 5:17

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 2006/7/3 12:41Profile

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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 Re: False and Degrading Thrills -Tozer

lost its power to enjoy the true pleasures of life and is forced to substitute for them false and degrading thrills

Amazing how no preachers in our modern day would dare to speak or preach like this. Tozer hits some of the main pillars of the modern day carnal church. I think Ravenhill's quote also ties into this "Entertainment is the Devil's subsitute for joy."

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 2006/7/3 12:45Profile

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 Re: False and Degrading Thrills -Tozer

I recently listened to a message in which a pastor at a youth conference gave such a message of truth that they do not want him to speak in their conferences again. He spoke very much as Tozer did concerning the so called 'carnal christian', saying there is no such thing. It's easier to get a Christian to watch television than to get them to pray. Prayer for them is boring. That must be what they think of God too.
God help us to wake up before it is too late.

 2006/7/3 14:58Profile

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