♣ Some New Mystery Bagged
For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing. Acts 17:21
“The temptation to forget the few spiritual essentials and to go wandering off after unimportant things is very strong, especially to Christians of a certain curious type of mind. Such persons find the great majors of the faith of our fathers altogether too tame for them. Their souls loathe that light bread; their appetites crave the gamy tang of fresh-killed meat. They take great pride in their reputation as being mighty hunters before the Lord, and any time we look out we may see them returning from the chase with some new mystery hanging limply over their shoulder.
Usually the game they bring down is something on which there is a biblical closed season. Some vague hint in the Scriptures, some obscure verse about which the translators disagree, some marginal note for which there is not much scholarly authority: these are their favorite meat. They are especially skillful at propounding notions which have never been a part of the Christian heritage of truth. Their enthusiasm mounts with the uncertainty of their position, and their dogmatism grows firmer in proportion to the mystery which surrounds their subject.” – A.W. Tozer
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This is exactly what so many Christians run to today: New revelation, new teaching, new foundations. The flesh has become so bored with what we already have – what has been revealed to us – the Word of God, and the foundation already laid down by the prophets and apostles. The flesh just will NOT obey what God has already commanded; if we did we would see transformation after transformation to the glory of God. Why start some new movement, follow some new leader, some new experience (that is not verified by Scripture) when we have already been given the perfect answer that suffices for eternity? There are no short cuts to obeying the Word of God; it’s a call to absolute self denial where Christ becomes Lord in every area of our thinking and emotions. Many run to something ‘new’ because it doesn’t cost them anything and the self life is still promised a throne!