Attitude Toward the Scriptures
"For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in Heaven" (Psalm 119:89).
How does this new experience, this new interpretation, this new preacher or new emphasis affect our attitude toward and our relationship to the Scriptures?
Are they more or less precious to us?
A woman once came to me and said, "Mr. Tozer, I'd like to ask you a question. I'm troubled."
I said, "What is your trouble?"
She told me, "Our pastor has gone forward in the things of God, and he's gone so fast that he tells us that God's given him new revelations that are not in the Scriptures. And he wants us to divest our minds of all that we've learned and follow him, and he says that we'll be sinning if we don't follow him."
I told her in a nice, scholarly way to tell him to go get lost and for her to go back to the Word of God. No man will ever by able to persuade me to follow him unless he follows the Scriptures. Here is the Book: "To the law and to the testimony: If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20). He that hath the dream let him tell the dream; but he that hath the Word let him speak My Word faithfully. You can always check with the Word.
If this new experience does not make you read the Word more, it is not of God. If it does not make you meditate on the truth more, it is not of God. And I do not care how good you feel. If you feel so good you feel brand new, as the camp meeting song used to have it, you are still not being blessed of God.
Some might ask, "Is it possible to have an emotional experience that is not of God?" I should say so. It is entirely possible to get emotional experiences that are not of God. But I believe that true experiences carry an emotional overtone, and for that reason, I have no objection whatever to emotions. I believe the Lord's people ought to be the happiest and most radiant people in the world, and I believe they ought not to hesitate to speak right out and say "amen" when they feel like it, if it is not just a habit. If it is, it is just so much dry wood. So ask yourself, how do these experiences affect my attitude toward the Scriptures?
Taken from"Reclaiming Christianity" By A. W. Tozer. Used by permission from Gospel Light Publications. For more information, contact Gospel Light at www.gospellight.com