A W Tozer (1897-1963) was born in humble beginnings on a small farm in Pennsylvania. Within a few short years he had earned the reputation of a ‘20th century prophet’. A key figure in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Tozer was a prolific author and pastor. He spent 31 years at Chicago’s Southside Allianace Church. Under his preaching, the congregation grew from 80 to 800. Tozer’s prophetic voice still speaks to us today.
This frightening hour
“For a generation certain evangelical teachers have told us that the gifts of the Spirit ceased at the death of the apostles or at the completion of the New Testament. This, of course, is a doctrine without a syllable of Biblical authority to back it. Its advocates must accept full responsibility for this manipulating the Word of God.
The result of this erroneous teaching is that spiritually gifted persons are ominously few among us. When we so desperately need leaders with the gift of discernment, for instance, we do not have them and are compelled to fall back upon the techniques of the world.
This frightening hour calls aloud for men with the gift of prophetic insight. Instead we have men who conduct surveys, polls, and panel discussions. We need men with the gift of knowledge. In their place we have men with scholarship – nothing more.
Thus we may be preparing ourselves for the tragic hour when God may set us aside as so-called evangelicals and raise up another movement to keep New Testament Christianity alive in the earth. Say not, 'We be children of Abraham. God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.'
(AW Tozer, Keys to the Deeper Life)