REVIEWOF THECRUCIFIED LIFEBY TOZER
Reading theCrucifiedby Tozer unveils a lot of issues with regard to Christian Biblicalteachings. As much as one may give assumptions to some of thecontroversies highlighted in the book, to some extent, it becomes ofvalue to give considerations to the issues altogether.1In this regard, the subject of crucified life is significant to thehealth of the church fraternity as a whole. Therefore, looking intotheCrucified, thispaper presents an examination of the health of the church members intotality.
Thefact remains that the church as a whole is not such a smaller groupthat just floats around the globe given its involvement in areas suchas missionary work and their beliefs. However, the church consistsof those persons who have faith in Jesus whom they see as their Lordand Savior. Similarly, there is a direct linkage of the church’shealth with the individual’s health.2For instance, in such scenarios where the church experiences growthand also undergoes healthy development, the church members alsoexperience positive development through spiritual growth altogether.Also, within the instance of a dynamical and a healthy church, thereis the likelihood that it will fulfill the mission of Christ, whichis to spread the gospel all over the corners of the world.
Despitethe facts so far presented concerning the book, it still emerges thatthe book does not champion for any type of Christian experience giventhat that aspect was founded on plain scripture teachings. Forinstance, the teachings presented in theCrucifiedhave the obligation to concentrate more on the matters that revolvearound the Word of God. Likewise, any person has the capacity toprove and justify reasons that may lead to their piecing with regardto the isolated texts. 3Definitely,the question that arises regards what the teaching that relates tothe Word of God presents on this issue. On a contemporary basis, withregard to Christianity, there is a belief that piecing has someborrowing from some philosophies of the world and even with theinclusion of other religion’s facts altogether.4For instance, non biblical phrases and mottos that touch on thesurface appear greater even though they have no foundation in theScripture or others that promotes one’s self-image. Besides,regardless of the type of teaching presented or the type of teacherpresenting the knowledge, there is still a strong demand for theinclusion of a case of providing the scriptural proof. However, insuch situations where there are no such proofs, there is a need toreject such teachings from the mind and within reach of the handaltogether. The instance presented in, TheCrucified Life,may appear legal in nature, but it remains part of the Christianexperience. For example, a Christian lives and dies in the book.
Thewhole of the book, theCrucified Life,is about absolute commitment to following the Christ Jesus byChristians where in this case it expects the Christians to act inJesus’ way. For example, it expects Christians to love, think, act,and also be more like Jesus with regard to their way of life. Thecase presented is because much of the value of spiritual perfectionhas all that it pertains with regard to Jesus Christ. However, it isworth noting that the aspect does not consist of the rules andregulations or the mode of dressing or actions that people engage indaily. In this regard, people may not be the same but before God theyare alike.
Throughoutthe book, the author notes that Christians are not alike. However,that receives the seed that is hearing the teachings and againunderstanding it, which in turn leads to him or her bearing fruitfrom it. In this case, it will stand a chance of winning moreconverts into the church.5The reality is that majority of people have a lot of satisfaction forbeing a Christian. However, according to the Lord Himself, Hisintention or desire is that more and more should come to Him andserve Him alone. In this manner, it becomes the responsibility of thealready converted Christians to win more converts so as to fulfillthis desire of the Lord in the church.
Conversely,the only challenging question here is about how the Christians willachieve this desire of the Lord, especially in a world that has manyreligions that are anti-Christianity and its teachings. The issuehere remains the focus of this book where it urges the Christians touse their experiences to lure more people to join the Christian wayof life.6Following the writings by Tozer, the only way that can lead torealization of this objective is through leading a crucified life.7Also, the mission of Christianity presently, targets mostly largeconverts. For example, the book stresses that it is only leading thecrucified life that can make one realize the objective of winning orbringing more converts into the church.
Thebook cautions that if not careful, people may find themselvesbacksliding and again running away from Christ. In relation to this,such cases that may lead to one revolting against Christ needs to betackled immediately to avert or contain the revolution. Tozerpresents in theCrucified, offersChristians an advice to be like Christ and carry forward his messageto the other people. The loud message in this book reiterates thatGod was very resourceful in developing the crosses for His followersand the call to the believers to match after Christ to the Cross isimminent since it presents a way to raise the believers to new life,which is a call to live as well as thrive in the crucified life. Overthe years, the cross has attracted significant symbolism and meaning,and thus presented Christ crucified to the believers with an ultimatecall of following him is a call for all Christians to respond to.
Amanze,James, F Nkomazana, and Obed N Kealotswe. BiblicalStudies, Theology, Religion, And Philosophy.Eldoret, Kenya: Zapf Chancery, 2010.
Boer,Roland. CriticismOf Religion.Leiden: Brill, 2009.
Crockett,Clayton. RadicalPolitical Theology.New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
Tozer,A. W, and James L Snyder. TheCrucified Life.Ventura, Calif.: Regal/From Gospel Light, 2011.
1 James Amanze, F Nkomazana, and Obed N Kealotswe, Biblical Studies, Theology, Religion, and Philosophy. (Eldoret, Kenya: Zapf Chancery, 2010), 34
3 Tozer, A. W, and James L Snyder. The Crucified Life, (Ventura, Calif.: Regal/From Gospel Light, 2011), 45.
5 Crockett, Clayton. Radical Political Theology (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011), 53.
6 Roland Boer, Criticism of Religion. (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 65.