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    The Loneliness of the Christian

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    Adam
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    The Loneliness of the Christian

    Post by Adam on Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:04 pm

    I don't think AW Tozer was reformed, but I like this quote of his, and it so fits my life in regard to the social aspect of it. I surely can love God more though! The bolded part is what I feel most!

    The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.

    The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

    The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens.

    He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

    It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else."


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    Re: The Loneliness of the Christian

    Post by KennyJS on Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:23 pm

    Wow... that is good stuff.

    I once belonged to a Christian discussion forum, and I confronted some of the members regarding the kind of entertainment they were promoting on the forum. The response I got from the moderator (right before he banned me) was that some people see Christians as people who are different, and just pray and read their Bibles. My question was, WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT!?

    We are strangers in a strange land, among a strange people. Our citizenship is not in this world and it's extremely sad when you cannot find fellowship with others who have been called out of this world. When we start talking about the health of the Church or the overall problems that are arising as far as doctrine is concerned people will say "Hey, Paul said to encourage." Yet in doing so they discourage us from seeking a deeper truth, write us off as radicals, and in order to appease their own sin hope to keep hungry Christians on the same level as themselves.

    At least, that's what I'm seeing in many cases.

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