Revival: A Purified Church

by A.W.Tozer on May 12, 2015

Revival: A Purified Church

By A.W.Tozer

"But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the
knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss
of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ."

Philippians 3:7-8

Our most pressing obligation today is to do all in our power to obtain
a revival that will result in a reformed, revitalized, purified
church. It is of far greater importance that we have better Christians
than that we have more of them. Each generation of Christians is the
seed of the next, and degenerate seed is sure to produce a degenerate
harvest not a little better than but a little worse than the seed
from which it sprang. Thus the direction will be down until vigorous,
effective means are taken to improve the seed....

 To carry on these activities [evangelism, missions] scripturally the 
church should be walking in fullness of power, separated, purified and 
ready at any moment to give up everything, even life itself, for the 
greater glory of Christ. For a worldly, weak, decadent church to make
converts is but to bring forth after her own kind and extend her 
weakness and decadence a bit further out....
So vitally important is spiritual quality that it is hardly too much 
to suggest that attempts to grow larger might well be suspended until 
we have become better. The Set of the Sail, 154-156.
"Lord, I don't hear much today of the 'greater importance that we
have better Christians than that we have more of them.' Help us in 
our seeker-orientation not to water down the message and make the 
teaching so shallow that we don't challenge our people to holy 
living. Amen