Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Church: The Old Cross and The New Cross

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord JesusChrist, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” — Galatians 6:14

· The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them.
· The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses.
· The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh;the new cross encourages it.
· The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter.

THE FLESH, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before that cross it bows and toward that cross it points with carefully staged histrionics— but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.

I well know how many smooth arguments can be marshalled in supportof the new cross. Does not the new cross win converts and make many followers and so carry the advantage of numerical success? Should we not adjust ourselves to the changing times? Have we not heard the slogan, "New days, new ways"? [Jim says, "Now just how many times do we hear this thrown out in today's world???"] And who but someone very old and very conservative would insist upon death as the appointed way to life? And who today is interested in a gloomy mysticism that would sentence its flesh to a cross and recommend self-effacing humility as a virtue actually to be practiced by modern Christians? These are the arguments, along with many more flippant still, which are brought forward to give an appearance of wisdom to the hollow and meaningless cross of popular Christianity.

From A.W. Tozer’s: The Pursuit of Man, pp. 53,54

"Lord, it's not popular today to be 'old-fashioned.' But I commit myself today to the old cross. Help me today to deny myself, to take up my cross, and to follow You. Amen."


Anonymous Rachel said...

Amen, Honey!!! I thank God for you "standing in the gap" in this world of compromise, and I look forward to reading future posts as you share what God has put on your heart. I love you very much!!!

Psalm 27:8

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