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Friday, November 12, 2010

The Old Cross and the New (Tozer)

Here are a few quotes from the above mentioned article that I really appreciate:

"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 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."

"We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum."

1 comment:

  1. The work of the church has become so muddled these days, that it's going to take a lot of prayerful thinking and a big dose of wisdom to figure how to tell the Gospel truthfully without ADDING to its offense. Most churches do nothing about it, while others seem to be set on making people mad -- as if the madder they make them the better job they have done of preaching it. It's a mess! Maybe it's time we return to each believer being a proclaimer in the way God leads and gifts them and quit acting like the church is a public relations firm bent on a bad ad campaign. No easy answers. . . . . .Tozer was a gem, wasn't he? I love his Rut, Rot or Revival. Pure gold. Blessings, Liz


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