It’s nothing new, and I am talking as much to myself as anyone who takes the time to read this. A.W. Tozer defines idolatry as “…assum[ing] that God is other than He is.” I am repeatedly convicted by his revelation of the state of the Church. She should not be condemned, for she simply has based her theology on faulty ground:
Before the Christian church goes into eclipse anywhere there must be a corrupting of her simple basic theology. She simply gets a wrong answer to the question, “What is God like?’ and goes on from there. Though she may continue to cling to a sound nominal creed, her practical working creed has become false. The masses of her adherents come to believe that God is different from what He actually is; and that is heresy of the most insidious and deadly kind.
We – out of offense, bitterness, pride, etc. – create a false image of God in our hearts and act out of that foundation. I truly believe that if we had a right view of God, then we wouldn’t have fear of man; we would be full of faith, we would be confident in love and our authority before the Throne…I may even go so far as to say we would no longer sin because we would see the depth of the Lord’s love for us and we would be grieved to violate it.
“The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems.” – A.W. Tozer
(All quotes are from The Knowledge of the Holy)