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“Nothing Can Destroy Christianity If We Live Like Christians”

Posted on June 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (98)
I am excited and proud to introduce my first guest writer.  He is the famous  Dr. A.W. Tozer who was born on April 21, 1897 and received his spiritual promotion to be with Lord on May 12, 1963. Tozer was a pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and a renowned author. Though Tozer is with Lord, he is still teaching and preaching in this life through his writings. In his book, The Tozer Pulpit, Volume One Chapter 14 “Nothing Can Destroy Christianity If We Live Like Christians.” He writes, [1] 

         I don’t think Communism is the great danger to Christianity. I don’t believe that Communism can ever destroy Christianity, if Christians will really live like Christians.
        Neither do I believe that all of the liberals and modernists put together can kill Christianity. They’re trying—but they can’t succeed!
       The atheist and the unbeliever, the pagan in his darkness—I have some understanding for these. But the liberal—he’s the man who has put his own eyes out, and I haven’t much sympathy for him. But he can’t destroy the Christian church or the evangelical witness of Christ.
       They couldn’t destroy Christianity in the Roman Empire. Every time they killed ten believers, one hundred others came forward and said, 'Kill me, too.' History tells us that.
       The emperors threw so many Christians to the lions in the pits that they began to get embarrassed, and said, 'What are we going to do with these fools? We kill ten, and a hundred others stand up and confess that they are Christians, too.'
        So, they had to call it off. And they said, 'Let’s try to save face. Don’t kill so many—the place is getting too bloody.'
       Christians were willing to live like Christians, and to die like Christians. Christian blood was the seed that made the church grow.
       That’s why I say that Communism can never destroy the church of Jesus Christ. And you need not worry about the true Church behind the Iron Curtain.
        My brothers and sisters, there have been periods down through the years when Christians met in damp basements, among the flat worms and cobwebs, and worshiped their God. Then they had to sneak out to their jobs, and at night, like Gideon, went again to some hiding place and prayed and sang in a low voice, and read any portions of Scripture they could get.
       They kept the fire alive in the midst of the fiercest and most brutal persecution. The fire of God can’t be damped out by the waters of man’s persecution.
        It is only when the church is rotten inside that she can die. If the church in Russia is dead today, it is not because of Communism—though Communism is from hell, there’s no question about that—but hell can’t destroy the church.
        I say, if the church in Russia is dead—and I don’t think it is—it is because the institutional church had died from within.
       The tree that is blown down in the storm is rotten in its heart or it wouldn’t be blown down. And the church that falls because of persecution is a church that was dead before it fell.
       So, I haven’t much worry about Communism. Neither have I much worry about liberalism.
      Some of my poor, tired brethren, faint, yet pursuing, are still running after the liberals—taking a pot shot at liberals wherever they can see the white of an eye. 
      But I don’t bother them, because they are dead, anyhow. 


Pivotal to his sermon is his view on Christian living.  Tozer States a major condition:  “If We Live Like Christians,” then “Nothing Will Destroy Christianity.” There are more issues in our generation just like his. The Gay Rights Movement has its own churches, and some world leaders want to completely destroy Christianity like in the past. Because of the commercialization of sexuality, etc., the culture is now transforming the Church, instead of the Church transforming the culture. Will these attacks on Christianity destroy it?  The answer in Tozer’s understanding is, it depends on you and me. If we live the Christian life and allow the Holy Spirit to use us, the victory that Christ won on the Cross of Cavalry will live on forever.   

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[1] A. W. Tozer. Vol. 1: The Tozer Pulpit, Volume One (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 1994) 48-50.