I feel these two quotes, one from Michael Horton (professor at the western campus of Westminister Seminary) and the other from Tozer (who is becoming very popular lately, especially with Young Calvinist types) are very worth the read.
Pastors, teachers and elders are not "life coaches" who help us in our personalized goals for spiritual fitness, but gifts given by the Ascended Lord so that the whole church might become mature and less susceptible to being spiritually duped (Eph. 4:1-16).....not surprisingly, ministers today are regarded more as "life coaches" who facilitate our self-transformation than as ambassadors of Christ, devoted to the Word of God and prayer, so that they can spread a feast on behalf of the King for His people in this world.
____Michael Horton in Modern Reformation magazine (July/August 2008 issue)
The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter. The flesh, smiThe ling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before that cross it bows and toward that cross it points with carefully staged histrionics–but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.
A. W. Tozer in The Pursuit of Man (Source: http://christianresearchnetwork.com/?p=5500)
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