Drawn from Golden Calf Christianity, by A. W. Tozer

This just came my way from a pastor friend, who cited it in a book review.  The relationship between this statement and the criticisms found withing the letters to the 7 churches in the Book of Revelation drew me to it.

It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God!
So we have the strange anomaly of orthodoxy in creed and heterodoxy in practice. The striped-candy technique has been so fully integrated into our present religious thinking that it is simply taken for granted. Its victims never dream that it is not a part of the teachings of Christ and His apostles.
Any objection to the carryings on of our present golden-calf Christianity is met with the triumphant reply: “But we are winning them!” And winning them to what? To true discipleship? To cross-carrying? To self-denial? To separation from the world? To crucifixion of the flesh? To holy living? To nobility of character? To a despising of the world’s treasures? To hard self-discipline? To love for God? To total committal to Christ?
Of course, the answer to all this questions in NO! We are paying a frightful price for our religious boredom. And that at the expense of the world’s mortal peril!