The Cross of Popular Evangelicalism

“For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ!” Philippians 3:18

The cross of popular evangelicalism, is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity.

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.

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!” Galatians 6:14

– A. W. Tozer



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