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?