“The notion that we enter the Christian life by an act of acceptance is true,
but that is not all the truth. There is much more to it than that. Christianity
involves an acceptance and a repudiation, an affirmation and a denial.
And this not only at the moment of conversion but continually
thereafter day by day in all the battle of life till the great conflict
is over and the Christian is home from the wars. To live a life wholly
positive is, fortunately, impossible. Were any man able to do such a
thing it could be only for a moment. Living positively would be like
inhaling continuously without exhaling. Aside from its being
impossible, it would be fatal. Exhalation is as necessary to life as
inhalation. To accept Christ it is necessary that we reject whatever is
contrary to Him. This is a fact often overlooked by eager evangelists
bent on getting results. Like the salesman who talks up the good points
of his product and conceals its disadvantages, the badly informed
soulwinner stresses the positive side of things at the expense of the

— A.W. Tozer



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