These two devotions complement each other. Spurgeon tells us about God’s wisdom in salvation and Tozer tells us about man’s wisdom in evangelism.
The matchless wisdom of God which devised this system of salvation!
“Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her!” Ephesians 5:25
The more I consider the doctrine of substitution–the more is my soul enamored of the matchless wisdom of God which devised this system of salvation. As for a hazy atonement which atones for everybody in general, and for nobody in particular–an atonement made equally for Judas and for John–I care nothing for it. But a literal, substitutionary sacrifice, Christ vicariously bearing the wrath of God on my behalf–this calms my conscience with regard to the righteous demands of the law of God, and satisfies the instincts of my nature which declare that, as God is just, He must exact the penalty of my guilt!
“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep!” John 10:11
The evangelistic methods of our present golden-calf Christianity!
Any objection to the evangelistic methods of our present golden-calf Christianity, is met with the triumphant reply, “But we are winning the lost!”
And what are you winning them to?
To true discipleship?
To separation from the world?
To crucifixion of the flesh?
To holy living?
To nobility of character?
To a despising of the world’s treasures?
To total committal to Christ?
Of course, the answer to all these questions is NO!
When we evangelize the lost, it must be more than 5 verses and a prayer. It is the responsibility of the evangelist, soul winner, and church to take the newly converted and teach them about Jesus. Salvation is step 1. Then begins the life long process of helping the new believer become more like Jesus. This would not be accepted by many churches.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001