The Church: Self-effacing Saint, by A.W. Tozer


The Church: The Self-effacing Saint

For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.
For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.
--Philippians 2:20,21

In this day when shimmering personalities carry on the Lord's work
after the methods of the entertainment world it is refreshing to
associate for a moment even in the pages of a book with a sincere and
humble man who keeps his own personality out of sight and places the
emphasis upon the inworking of God. It is our belief that the
evangelical movement will continue to drift farther and farther from
the New Testament position unless its leadership passes from the
modern religious star to the self-effacing saint who asks for no
praise and seeks no place, happy only when the glory is attributed
to God and himself forgotten....

Within the last quarter of a century we have actually seen a major
shift in the beliefs and practices of the evangelical wing of the
church so radical as to amount to a complete sellout; and all this
behind the cloak of fervent orthodoxy. With Bibles under their arms
and bundles of tracts in their pockets, religious persons now meet
to carry on "services" so carnal, so pagan, that they can hardly be
distinguished from the old vaudeville shows of earlier days. And for
a preacher or a writer to challenge this heresy is to invite ridicule
and abuse from every quarter.

Our only hope is that renewed spiritual pressure will be exerted
increasingly by self-effacing and courageous men who desire nothing
but the glory of God and the purity of the church. May God send us
many of them. They are long overdue. Of God and Men, 16-18.

"Lord, forgive me for my pride. Give me the humble spirit of the
self-effacing saint. Amen."