A Purified Church: A People in Whom There is No Guileby A.W.Tozer on January 30, 2018
As followers of Christ we have clarity in certain areas as to righteous vs unrighteous choices, and biblical vs worldly behavior. Examples of such areas would be the clarity we have on issues such as sexual morality, the sanctity of life, and the sanctity of marriage. Yet in other areas, such clarity may at times be lacking, and our thinking and behavior may sometimes not differ from the world. One such example is hypocrisy in relationships. We must not deceive ourselves by characterizing hypocrisy as people skills, social skills, or emotional intelligence. In our pursuit of consecration before the Lord, we must endeaver to be the pure hearted people in whom there is no guile that the Lord called His people to be.
A Purified Church: A People in Whom There is No Guile
The basic artificiality of civilized human beings is hard to shake off. It gets into our very blood and conditions our thoughts, attitudes and relationships much more seriously than we imagine.
The desire to make a good impression has become one of the most powerful of all the factors determining human conduct. That gracious (and scriptural) social lubricant called courtesy has in our times degenerated into a completely false and phony etiquette that hides the true man under a shimmery surface as thin as the oil slick on a quiet pond. The only times some persons expose their real self is when they get mad.
With this perverted courtesy determining almost everything men and women say and do in human society, it is not surprising that it should be hard to be completely honest in our relations with God. It carries over as a kind of mental reflex and is present without our being aware of it.
Nevertheless, it is an attitude extremely hateful to God. Christ detested it and condemned it without mercy when He found it among the Pharisees. The artless little child is still the divine model for all of us. Prayer will increase in power and reality as we repudiate all pretense and learn to be utterly honest before God as well as before men!
—Renewed Day by Day - Volume One