The Church: Different from the World, by A.W. Tozer


The Church: Different From the World
By: A.W.Tozer

Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate," says the Lord.
"Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."
--2 Corinthians 6:17

The church's mightiest influence is felt when she is different from
the world in which she lives. Her power lies in her being different,
rises with the degree in which she differs and sinks as the
difference diminishes.

This is so fully and clearly taught in the Scriptures and so well
illustrated in Church history that it is hard to see how we can miss
it. But miss it we do, for we hear constantly that the Church must
try to be as much like the world as possible, excepting, of course,
where the world is too, too sinful....

Let us plant ourselves on the hill of Zion and invite the world to
come over to us, but never under any circumstances will we go over
to them. The cross is the symbol of Christianity, and the cross
speaks of death and separation, never of compromise. No one ever
compromised with a cross. The cross separated between the dead and
the living. The timid and the fearful will cry "Extreme!" and they
will be right. The cross is the essence of all that is extreme and
final. The message of Christ is a call across a gulf from death to
life, from sin to righteousness and from Satan to God. The Set of
the Sail, 35,36.

"Lord, help me to be willing to be different. Forgive me for the sin
of blending in. I pray that our neighbors would see something
different in our church and our people and be drawn to the Savior.