In Discipleship, A.W. Tozer reminds readers that every follower of Christ ought to be a disciple of Christ. For one to truly follow Jesus, one ought to repudiate sin and obey all of God’s commands as laid out in the Bible. In this collection of manuscripts, Tozer repeatedly speaks against easy believism which is a term used to describe one who claims to believe in Jesus but does not experience any transformational change from the power of God’s Word and His Spirit. Easy believism is commonly attributed to Tozer’s era where evangelistic crusades were rampant across North America leading scores of men and women to turn to Christ daily but without a long-term commitment to live a godly life. Of course, easy believism still exists and has always existed in church history whenever the cost of discipleship is downplayed. Tozer urges his parishioners to recognize that they either belong to Christ fully or they do not belong to Christ at all. If we are to be followers of Christ and children of God, we must take up our crosses and follow Him until the day we meet Him face to face. Tozer exhorts that true faith in Jesus requires us to resolutely refuse evil while fervently pursuing a deeper, spiritual life marked by holiness, repentance, and obedience.
I would gladly recommend this book to all Christians as it is easy to fall prey to easy believism even as we advance in our walk with God. As the apostle Paul warns in 1 Corinthians 3, many Christians remain as spiritual babies when they should be yearning to mature into spiritual adulthood. Moreover, Tozer argues that even one’s salvation is questionable given that one is not intent on growing in the faith; those who genuinely follow Christ should desire for more of Christ Himself. Tozer maintains that one who has tasted the goodness of Christ would not simply stop and meander in spiritual adolescence for the rest of their lives but would seek greater spiritual blessings that come through the daily practice of discipleship.
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