“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