1. nng

    Tozer is not the only one using mystics. I heard a popular pastor who is a well-known Bible teacher who mentioned Brother Lawrence and his book ‘Practicing the Presence of God.’ I don’t listen to him anymore, though he is a good Bible teacher. There are so many Pastors that are being led astray through mystics, thus leading the sheep astray. They do get angry too when you point it out, just as angry when you point out their false gospels. The false gospels I will point out are these: One famous pastor added to John 3:16 thusly, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him (and keeps believing in Him) should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Here is another false gospel, “God quickens (makes you born again) you BEFORE you can believe it.” Thanks for the warning about Tozer which should have come sooner.

  2. Suzanne Keever

    This article was so informing. I have several books by Tozer and did not have the discernment that I have now. I am disappointed to learn this about him .

    I believe he was a Christian , but maybe he lacked finding Christ and His word to be enough! How sad . It’s so important to stay in the word . God gives us what we need and the answers we need .

  3. Realist

    Way to much focus on human flawed writings, teaching, sermons, etc. – not enough pure Bible study. Over the decades I have watched many well meaning Christians always yearning and seeking deeply for a new Christian high. And sure enough they buy into all sorts of extra-biblical weirdness; and unfortunately take others down with them.

    Here is my take – the Christian will experience real (God given) highs just by properly studying the Bible deeply and being in consistent/constant prayer. These highs are not sought after but are a result of our growing relationship with Christ; and not in conflict with the Bible. Jesus fills our void(s), not the extra-Biblical highs. Sure enough, I bump into these people years later and they have strayed further into weirdness. Some labeled boring/content Christians are some of the most grounded Christians I know and are refreshing to be around. My Lt. Col. dad was a (boring/content) chaplain in the Army Reserves for a few decades. He also had an M.Div. He also taught public school. After retiring from teaching, he became the first Protestant chaplain at a Catholic Hospital in our area. My mom also participated in the chaplaincy program. He never boasted about it, but the hospital kept track and reported at his funeral how many people he led to Christ, and it was and is tear inducing. Because of their deep Biblical knowledge, he, my mom, and grandparents were successful at keeping errant teaching and practices out of the churches they attended – instead of following the “new high seekers.” They took many unpopular stands in the public school system, such as teaching Creation. Several co-teachers that ridiculed them later in life became Christians, as did many of their students. My parents visited many of these in the hospital. They did all of this just to serve God out of their thankfulness for God’s incredible free grace. Instead of seeking fabricated highs, they worked hard and long for God, their immediate family and extended families. Many relatives became saved due, at least in part, to their Christ-centered influence, patient persistence and in some cases decades of consistent prayer.

    Stop chasing the wind, and consider the high of a life of hard working Biblically based service for God.

  4. Susan Magario

    I was always under the impression that Tozer was one of the good preachers. This was an eye opener for me!

  5. SC

    Thank you for publishing this article. During A.W. Tozer’s time, New Age contemplative mysticism was not much of an issue in the Church as it is today. If it had been, Tozer likely would have been careful to not included quotes and references of mystics in his writings. It is unfortunate how times have changed and those pushing New Age contemplative mysticism are using Tozer’s writings to further spread their error.


    great article i have several books from tozer and he even quotes roman catholics which raises up a red flag. why do these men always go away from the word of GOD. THEY LOOK UP TO THESE MEN WHO WERE SPRITUALLY BLIND, VERY SAD. 1ST JOHN 4-1

  7. GJ

    As you said, “It’s a kind of always seeking but never finding”…
    Sounds like a man pursuing the “strange woman”… he becomes deluded with no satisfaction in the end. We can’t get away with anything before God.
    Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

    Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

  8. Thank you for this article. Though Tozer obviously was into mysticism he has been regarded as one of the “untouchables” of the faith. Sadly so many lean to fallible men rather than the infallible God-breathed Scriptures.

  9. Winnie Gaston Gaston

    I hadn’t connected the dots to Tozers leanings to mysticism. I hadn’t read his books in over 20 years. Being sensitive to the Contemplative movement today I would have discerned and recognized his quotes and sources. Thank you for sharing this info with us.

  10. Caren Harkins

    Fantastic article! The two main points that I love here are that people don’t realize or accept that the Holy Spirit is enough and then the dangers of mixing truth and error. The Word of God is simple and anyone can grasp it. The simple minded can get the Gospel and need nothing else. (And then the gifted or intelligent ones can miss it as well!) We must remember not to add or subtract from the Gospel. There is nothing else hidden from God that we are to go searching for.

  11. Arthur Horne

    Thank you for this insightful warning. I have always enjoyed Tozer’s writings, especially THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY: but sometimes questioned some of the people he quoted.

  12. T. I. Miller

    sadly the fact that an otherwise doctrinaly sound church leader lacks discernment is all too common.
    I’m reminded of the number of times truth proclaimers were not listened to by various leaders.
    How many times did they say, “by what authority do you speak” they said to
    the prophets to John the Baptist to the Apostles and especially to Jesus.
    As it has always been so it remains today.
    Pastors think to themselves, “who is this member of the laity to council me”

  13. Terri Abraham

    Thank you for doing this article. I have 2 or more people to share it with. So many things get accepted by tradition, and we need to check them all out, because just a little leaven leavens the whole lump. God bless your ministry.

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