The teachings of Christ reveal Him to be a realist in the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find anything visionary or overoptimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises. Jesus would have men follow Him, knowing the cost, or He would let them go their ways.
-- A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), quoted by Edythe Draper in Draper's
Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House
Publishers, Inc., 1992).