The Christian who has dedicated his life to God…will discover that the ways of God and the ways of men are not equal…. [Man’s] tried and proven methods for getting things done will fail him when he attempts to apply them to the work of the Spirit. The new Adam will not surrender to the old Adam nor gear His new creation to the methods of the world. God will not share His glory with another….It is “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah:4:6).
The essence of true religion is spontaneity, the sovereign movings of the Holy Spirit upon and in the free spirit of redeemedmen….When religion loses its sovereign character…this spontaneity is lost also, and in its place come precedent, propriety,system….Back of [this] mentality is the belief that spirituality can be organized. Then is introduced into religion those ideas which never belong there: numbers, statistics, the law of averages, and other such natural human things—and creeping death always follows. —A. W. Tozer
Col:2:8: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col:3:2: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col:2:6,7: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught....
Eph:2:2: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Col:2:20: Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances….
Mt 7:13,14: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:...strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Jer:6:16: Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Jer:2:13: For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Rom:12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Jn:17:14: I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
1 Cor:3:18,19: Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
James:4:4: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
2 Cor:6:14-16: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God....
Eph:4:17,18: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Gal:3:1-3: O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
2 Tm 4:3,4: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Heb:10:38: Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Is 8:20: To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Jn:17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Rom:8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
John:6:63: It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Galatians:5:25: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Is 30:1-3: Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.