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Tue, Jan 24 2017 - 06:12 AM

The Chapel

In a small village, it is said, somewhere in England, there stood a chapel. And beside the chapel was an arch. And over the arch was written, "We preach Christ crucified."

For years, godly men preached there, and they presented a crucified Savior as the only means of salvation. But as the generation of godly preachers passed, there arose a generation that considered the cross and its message too antiquated, and they began to preach salvation by Christ's example rather than His blood. They didn't see the necessity of His sacrifice.

And ivy crept up the side of the arch, it is said, and covered the word "crucified." And so it said, "We preach Christ." And they did, but not crucified. After some time, people asked why the sermons had to be confined to Christ and the Bible. So the preachers began to give discourses on social issues, politics, philosophy, moral rearmament. And the ivy continued to grow until it wiped out the third word. It simply read, "We preach."

In  Corinthians 2:2, Paul wrote, "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

In  Corinthians 15:1-4, Paul clearly spells out the Gospel with these words, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures..."

Peter, in Acts 4:12, states clearly, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. "

Which church group do you belong to?  Do you deny the necessity of the crucifixion and resurrection and give discourses on social issues, politics, philosophy, moral rearmament.? 

Do you simply teach that Jesus was a good moral example for man to follow? or, Do you preach the truth of God's Word that His death, burial and resurrection atoned for sin and that only through Him is salvation and restoration to the presence of God possible?  Are you a believer or a false teacher, willingly distorting the written Word of the Living God?

 



 



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rdrcofe - 10 months ago

You ask the questions: Which church group do you belong to? Do you deny the necessity of the crucifixion and resurrection and give discourses on social issues, politics, philosophy, moral rearmament? Do you simply teach that Jesus was a good moral example for man to follow? or, Do you preach the truth of God's Word that His death, burial and resurrection atoned for sin and that only through Him is salvation and restoration to the presence of God possible? Are you a believer or a false teacher, willingly distorting the written Word of the Living God?

Such questions are of necessity rhetorical in nature. You must surely not be expecting anyone to proudly declare that the gospel they preach is a distortion of the written Word of the Living God. If indeed they did such a thing I doubt if they would feel themselves answerable to you.

In the USA as elsewhere, it is not uncommon for Christian believers to comment on and lobby for social issues, politics, philosophy and moral rearmament. As much of this involvement comes from right wing evangelicalism as from left wing liberalism or Catholicism. In fact issues such as the abolition of slavery, civil rights, rule of law, ethics in politics, racial tolerance etc. have been championed by some of the most ardent followers of The Crucified Christ, while deeply pious and introspective sects mistakenly confuse pacifism, (as if Jesus Christ was ever passive in his preaching), with inaction in the face of social evil, sometimes even unwittingly aligning themselves with the spiritual forces of social oppression instead of standing by ethical Christian principles as demonstrated by the example of The Lord Jesus Christ.

All this goes to show that preaching and living The Gospel is not simply a matter of believing that Christ died to save us from suffering the just consequences of our sins. It is also about continuing to do the WORKS that HE set out to do.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus did not comment merely on religious issues. Jesus could certainly not be accused of social inaction. In fact it was for his Social ACTION that he was condemned and crucified. And the servant should be like his Master.

praizeop2 - 10 months ago

Great Word! I was just defending that on Facebook. Someone was accusing me of supporting Trump when all I was doing was saying I wanted Jesus back in government! Oh well. As you know, I don't argue; but I do want to make sure my point is clear... at least most of the time. Exception taken on the US flag (Today's Election post). Some things I think are a waste of time to try to convince others of. (oops on the ending preposition!) Blessings ~ Sarah