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Building the Foundation

September 12, 2006

This will be the first in what could become many posts that will lay the foundation for the central purpose of this blog. Today I’ll start with the modern Gospel by quoting A. W. Tozer, who in 1966 said this:

The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.” To the egotist it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.” To the thrill seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.” The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.

The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.

The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more. (Emphasis mine, source)

Doesn’t that say it all, the modern Gospel says come to Christ and he’ll give you a purpose, allow you to thing highly of yourself. I don’t see the Gospel as that, we should die to our self, realize that even our good works are as filthy rags and come to the cross broken, humble that we have sinned against a Holy, Just, Righteous God and we deserve His wrath. Yet while we still sinners Christ died for us, not yet while we are feeling down and out Christ died to give us self worth.

 

Propitiation, a word not often used anymore but if I’m to understand it right it means to remove someone’s wrath and that what Christ did for us, He removed God’s wrath for those who repent and trust in Him.

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