The Root of the Righteous. Chapter 1. One marked difference between the faith of our fathers as conceived by the fathers and the same faith as understood and. 9 quotes from The Root of the Righteous: ‘Any faith that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief; it is a pseudo belief only. And it m. The Root of the Righteous has ratings and 45 reviews. Josh said: This short page book has 46 chapters of several pages each. Although the chapter.

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One marked difference between the faith of our fathers as conceived by the fathers and the same faith as understood and lived by their children is that the fathers were concerned with the root of the matter, while their present-day descendants seem concerned only with the fruit.

This appears in our attitude toward certain great Christian souls whose names are honored among the churches, as, for instance, Augustine and Bernard in earlier times, or Luther and Wesley in times more recent.

Today tozrr write the biographies of such as these and celebrate their fruit, but the tendency is to ignore the root out of which the fruit sprang. Our fathers looked well to the root of the tree and were willing to wait with patience for the fruit to appear. We demand the righteeous immediately even though the root may be weak and knobby or missing altogether.


Impatient Christians today explain away the simple beliefs of the saints of other days and smile off their serious-minded approach to God and sacred things. They were victims of their own limited religious outlook, but great and sturdy souls withal who managed to achieve a satisfying spiritual experience and do a lot of good in the world in spite of their handicaps.

The Root of the Righteous

So we say or more likely think without sayingthf every voice of wisdom, every datum of religious experience, every law of nature tells us how wrong we are. The bough that breaks off from the tree in a storm may bloom briefly and give to the unthinking passerby the impression that it is a healthy and fruitful branch, but its tender blossoms will soon perish and the bough itself wither and die.

There is no lasting life apart from the root. Much that passes for Christianity today is the brief, bright effort of the severed branch to bring forth its fruit in its season.

But the deep laws of life are against it. Preoccupation with appearances and a corresponding neglect of the out-of-sight root of true spiritual life are prophetic signs which go unheeded.


Religious pragmatism is running wild among the orthodox. Truth is whatever works. If it gets results it is good.

The Root of the Righteous by A.W. Tozer

There is but one test for the religious leader: Everything is forgiven him except failure. A church that is soundly rooted cannot be destroyed, but nothing can save a church whose root is dried up. No stimulation, no advertising campaigns, no righteoous of money and no beautiful edifice can bring back life to the rootless tree. With a happy disregard for consistency of metaphor the apostle Paul exhorts us to look to our sources.

The whole Bible and all the great saints of the past join to tell us the same righteeous. Open your hearts and search the Scriptures.

Bear your cross, follow your Lord and pay no heed toot the passing religious vogue. The masses are always wrong. In every generation the number of the righteous is small. Be sure you are among them. Home Blog Videos Books About.

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