Thursday, July 01, 2021

Tozer: the practical atheist

Thursday, July 1, 2021
    Commemoration of John & Henry Venn, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1813, 1873
The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven
    on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
All have turned aside,
    they have together become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.
    —Psalm 14:1-3 (NIV)
    Sin... is always an act of wrong judgment. To commit a sin a man must for the moment believe that things are different from what they really are; he must confound values; he must see the moral universe out of focus; he must accept a lie as truth and see truth as a lie; he must ignore the signs on the highway and drive with his eyes shut; he must act as if he had no soul, and was not accountable for his moral choices.
    Sin is never a thing to be proud of. No act is wise that ignores remote consequences, and sin always does. Sin sees only today, or at most tomorrow; never the day after tomorrow, next month or next year. Death and judgment are pushed aside as if they did not exist, and the sinner becomes for the time a practical atheist who by his act denies not only the existence of God but the concept of life after death.
    ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Man: The Dwelling Place of God, Harrisburg, Penn.: Christian Publications, Inc., 1966, p. 47 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 14:1; Rom. 1:19-20; Heb. 12:1; 1 John 3:4-10; 5:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have turned aside to my own ways too many times. Renew my heart once more.
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