Many persons who …

“Many persons who have been raised in our churches no longer think in terms of reverence, which seems to indicate that they doubt God’s presence is there! Much of the blame must be placed on the growing acceptance of a worldly secularism that seems much more appealing than any real desire for the spiritual life that is pleasing to God.
We secularize God; we secularize the gospel of Christ and we secularize worship! No great and spiritually minded men of God are going to come out of such churches, nor any great spiritual movement of believing prayer and revival.
If God is to be honored and revered and truly worshiped, He may have to sweep us away and start somewhere else! Let us confess that there is a necessity for true worship among us.
If God is who He says He is and if we are the believing people of God we claim to be, we must worship Him! In my own assessment, for men and women to lose the awareness of God in our midst is a loss too terrible ever to be appraised!”
– A. W. Tozer

Lyrics to song “The Consequence Of Silence” by band A Past Unknown.

Lyrics to song “The Consequence Of Silence” by band A Past Unknown.
 
LYRICS:
What does this mean to you when carelessness has caught you by the throat and your influence is drown out? It’s time to be somebody, it’s time to stand up for the truth, stop being this coward they have made you.
 
What’s the problem? Is it worth it when the crowd shuts your mouth in fear of rejection? That’s the problem, what’s thought of you determines who you are. Speak up, no one tells you who you are but your Creator.
 
They will hear walls crashing down when your words break the silence. How much do you have to hate if you don’t say anything? You can never reveal true love when fear shuts you up.
 
Calling you out to step up and see your hatred is revealed when your mouth says nothing. This is me, this is everything I don’t want to be. We all see the power of silence has a never ending consequence to those perishing; I won’t be a coward for my King.
 
What’s the problem? It’s not worth it. The crowd will never shut my mouth in fear of rejection. The truth in love is too much to keep me silent. When you hear the walls crashing down don’t hide behind the coward you’ve become. The crowd will taunt but never drown me out.

Any time we turn the …

“Any time we turn the things of God to our own advantage; any time we minister out of self-interest; any time we seek to establish our own kingdom or use God to promote our goals; we are guilty of setting up shop with the temple profiteers. No matter how spiritual our ministry looks, if our motives are for self-gain, God will judge it.
If we are to know the Presence of God we must be cleansed of selfish ambition. All our motives must be laid open before Him. All self-interest and self-promotion must be cast out.”

-from p.68 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

In this hedonistic age, where …

“In this hedonistic age, where self-gratification and the absence of absolutes are the order of the day, one bright light appears. There is an inreasing number of people whose lives are marked by a growing hunger after God. They will not be put off with pious words or be content with sound doctrine, warm evangelism and spiritual theatrics. They are athirst for God and will not be satisfied until they have drunk deep at the fountain of His holy presence.”

-from p.65 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

The Church in America suffered a greater loss than …

“The Church in America suffered a greater loss than she has since discovered when she rejected the example of good men and chose for her pattern the celebrity of the hour. Human greatness cannot be determined by popularity polls nor by the number of lines any man rates in the public press. It is altogether unlikely that we know who our greatest men are. One thing is sure, however–the greatest man alive today is the best man alive today. That is not open to debate. To discover the good great man (granted that it would be to our profit to do so) would require more than human wisdom. For the holy man is also the humble man and the humble man will not advertise himself nor allow others to do it for him. Spiritual virtues run deep and silent. Like the tide or the pull of gravitation or the shining of the sun, they work without noise, but their gracious ministrations are felt around the whole earth. The Christian who is zealous to promote the cause of Christ can begin by living in the power of the Spirit and so reproducing the life of Christ in the sight of men. In deep humility and without ostentation he can let his light shine. The world may pretend not to see, but it will see, nevertheless, and more than likely it will get into serious trouble with its conscience over what it sees.”
– A. W. Tozer

Too many are satisfied to teach…

“Too many are satisfied to teach “established orthodoxy”, “sound exposition,” or “the latest word from God,” strangely unaware their lives and ministry lack a real Presence of God. The altar is there. The sacrifice is there. But the fire is missing.
God is looking for people who desire Him above all … these people ignore insulting remarks, curious glances, and crusty traditions. They search until they find Him.”

-from p.65 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.