The Offense Of The Cross
Galatians 5:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
The cross represents the true Christian Church. The symbol is on and/or in every church. Then there is the Red Cross organization, people wear the cross, it is placed on cars, and on Bibles. Christ’s pulpit is often in the shape of a cross. The event of the cross is the foundation of our faith. For the Christian, the cross alone is our theology. The knowledge of God comes through the crucified Christ. Love outside of the cross is really not God’s love – we learn of God’s love through the cross, and not by any other means. Worldlings follow horoscopes. The cross is the sign of a believer. The world sees the cross through good Friday alone. The believer sees the cross through Easter Sunday and Resurrection Day. The cross is a mystery and a paradox. Just as Jesus was crucified and resurrected, we now struggle and bear our cross. Believers will have our resurrection later. The resurrection is life through death, strength through weakness, hope through despair, recovery through loss, suffering, folly, persecution, and joy through sorrow. For Paul, the scandal of the cross dominates the believer’s life. The cross stands before those who say the Christian life is a bowl of cherries. Following Jesus is sharing His suffering. There is no by passing rejection and death, to eternal life and the glory of the risen Christ. There is no “pie in the sky / you can have it all now” Christianity. Suffering, humiliation, and rejection are hallmarks of our faith, and evidence of true discipleship. The cross of Christ is forsaking everything and clinging to Christ alone. It is the center of God’s truth revealed to man. But to many,
the cross is an offense: Offense comes from the Greek word- scandalon, from which we get the word scandal.
Jesus said, “If you are going to follow me, you have to take up the cross.” Today we might say “…take up your gas chamber or electric chair.” We must die to self before Christ can reign in our hearts. In our scripture text, the Judaizers, through the works of circumcision, sought to rob Christians of their freedom in Christ. Legalists always avoid the themes of persecution and “the offense of the cross,” by insisting on circumcision and law-keeping. If Paul preached legalism, he would not be persecuted. Circumcision and the cross are opposed – Paul could not preach both – if he did – the offense of the cross would cease. The “offense” is the foolishness and stumbling block of the cross. The cross uproots the doctrine of salvation by human merit. Salvation is through grace alone – and there can be no compromise. The offensiveness of the cross to self righteous legalists is that salvation is by grace without circumcision and obedience to the law. “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:9) One work added to the cross perverts it all!
When a nation plummets into gross immorality and apostasy, God will use the most unlikely of sources to expose the current form of anemic “Christianity” in America. The following article is what one might call a “Wake Up Call”:
A Secular Rapper Calls American Pastors To Account
By Michael Brown/Ask Dr Brown May 10, 2017
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If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest,
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues. Luke 7:21
What if a doctor examined you and gave you the news that you were terminally ill? You are, spiritually! You were born with the congenital disease of sin, and it is fatal (Romans 6:23). No doctor, medicine, diet, philosophy, or religion can cure this plague. The Lord Jesus Christ is your only hope. If you repent and call on Him in faith, He will save you in that same hour. He alone has the power to cure you of sin and its deadly effect. Come out of denial, recognize your condition and need, and call upon the Lord. Time is running out. Do it now! -Carl Knott
Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh, To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time. -Charles H. Mason
When they come to write the story of the spiritual resurrection of 21st Century America, a new type of shepherd will likely have come forward.
These forerunners will have stood in flat contradiction to everything that the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton types holds dear.
*** Baby Butcher For President 2016 ***
How would you like to be aborted Hillary, just before you would have been born? You are a murderer.
They will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God what Secularism has done to America. They “will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the salvation of the other. But they will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.“*
With a Hillary Clinton presidency America is about to learn something that can be learned in no other way, the ethical path is the only safe one. “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I”, cried the sweet Psalmist of Israel.** ” Tribulation brings us to God and God to us.”***
The anointed eye recognizes that what is needed today are those with the ability to “appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us what is actually going on.”**** Most desperately needed is not another market research firm specializing in the study of religious beliefs and behavior of the American pews, but thermostats who impact and regulate the spiritual climate of the nation.
Evangelical pastors and pews must take our game to the next level. Fundamentally we must begin to comprehend that Religious Liberty will be won by organizing and notSunday sermons. A Sunday sermon is not a denomination of political currency; mustering and marshaling parishioners to the public square is. But be not mistaken, the teaching of the whole counsel of God in America’s pulpits, and the resurrection of prayer in America’s churches — led by the senior pastor — will determine if America remains free.
The disciples of godless Secularism are not cowed by sermons, marches, or prayer rallies. Those doing this to our country must be removed from the public stage, that’s the initial stopgap. Following secularists removal from office — if America is to be saved — Secularism will have to be demolished, eliminating its choke-hold on the media, public education, higher learning, Big Business, the Supreme Court, Federal Courts, and Hollywood.
What Secularism is doing to America is gambling with the very life of the nation; most Americans are unalarmed and clueless. What is the matter with the people of America?
Lord Help This Sin Sick Nation. This Prayer Focuses On The Democratic National Convention (DNC) Meeting This Week In Philadelphia:
|Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and others in your church about this special event. We need the whole country praying for our broken political process and the future of our nation.May God richly bless you—and I look forward to praying with youtomorrow.
“The Lord was moved by prayer for the land.” —2 Samuel, 24:25, NASB
2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Pray For Revival In America!
Monday Morning, June 13, 2016
Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis
David Platt International Mission Board (IMB) President Theme Of Conference II Timothy 4:5
David’s Text Ephesians 2:1-10
Ephesians 2:1-10 King James Version (KJV)
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
There might not be a flood of biblical proportions in the forecast, but Noah’s Ark is coming to Williamstown, Kentucky, this summer.
A full-size version of Noah’s Ark is expected to be completed before Ark Encounter, a Bible-themed park, opens July 7.
Ken Ham had the massive ship built to match the dimensions set out in the Bible. The entire project is expected to cost $100 million.
“The message that we have — it’s making the Bible come alive, really. By building Noah’s Ark, we’re saying, ‘This really happened. This is plausible,'” Ham told “Nightline.”
According to Ham, his ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. “It gets bigger and bigger. When you get inside, it gets bigger again,” he said.
Ark Encounter is just a few miles from Ham’s Creation Museum, which attracts nearly half a million visitors a year and teaches a young Earth theory of creation. Ham calls his ministry Answers in Genesis.
“We have a lot of people who are not Christians who come here, and they appreciate the way it’s presented. It’s presented very tastefully,” said Ham. “It’s educational.”
Visitors to the Creation Museum can find exhibits like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which is next to one showing dinosaurs playfully eating fruit.
One of Ham’s biggest critics is Bill Nye, an evolutionist who is known as the television personality the Science Guy. He dismissed Ham’s creationist exhibits as biblical propaganda. Nye said dinosaurs died out long before human beings ever came along.
“I can prove that beyond any reasonable doubt. That is what’s very troubling. Allosauruses and humans did not live at the same time. Teaching the earth is 6,000 years old is completely wrong and inappropriate,” he told “Nightline.”
“When they dig up dinosaur bones, they don’t dig them up with labels on saying, ‘Hi, I’m 70 million years old,’ or whatever it is,” Ham said. “We’re saying that most of those bones they dig up are actually from the flood of Noah’s day, not from millions of years ago.”
Ham rejected mainstream science institutions as evolutionary doctrinaires.
“Museums like the Natural History Museum inWashington, D.C., Smithsonian or Chicago Field Museum, mostly they teach that we supposedly evolved [from] apelike creatures. Why shouldn’t we be able to use the same technology and really challenge people to consider the Bible as the true history of the world?” he said.
Ham’s Noah’s Ark project took advantage of $18 million in tax benefits and tourism incentives.
The state of Kentucky attempted to block the project from receiving public funding, but Ham took his case to court and won. “Christians pay taxes in this world. We live in this world. We’re not second-class citizens. The federal judge rule in our favor,” he said.
“It’s just inappropriate. To me, [it’s] a clear violation of the First Amendment, for crying out loud,” Nye argued.
To work at Ark Encounter, job applicants must sign a statement of faith, professing a Christian belief in the creation story. For instance, they agree that the “great flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide in its extent and effect.”
Ham said this is necessary because “we are a Christian organization and we have a Christian message.”
Among the construction workers who have helped build the ark are Amish carpenters who said part of their faith included accepting the Bible as truth. The artists who created the ark’s exhibits are believers too.
“There’s a lot of people that scoff,” Ham said. “We get a lot of attacks by some of the aggressive secularists. Sometimes I feel a bit like Noah.”
Admission to Ark Encounter will be $40 for adults and $28 for children, and Ham said he expects that fascination with Noah and his ark will result in 1 million to 2 million visitors in the first year.
“We really do believe that if we build it, they will come. And they’re going to come,” Ham said.
About 4,000 years ago, the people laughed at Noah because he built the ark on dry land. Today, the people laugh at Ken Ham for building a replica of the ark on dry land. Yes indeed, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Pagan evolutionists like Bill Nye, actually despise the replica of the ark being built because they hate the truth. The Scopes’ Monkey Trial of 1925 asserted that evolutionists simply desired an equal voice. That “equal” voice has snuffed God and prayer out of the classroom, and contributed to moral decadence throughout this once great nation. Abortion, euphanasia, fornication, and every other form of debauchery find their roots in this godless philosophy. A mere generation ago, Christianity ruled the land as we enjoyed a wonderful way of life. We have “sown the wind, and we are reaping the whirlwind.” Hosea 8:7 Maranatha, Pastor Steve
For comprehensive information on the ark to be displayed in Kentucky on 7/7/16, go to arkencounter.com
Scheduling Error Causes Paul Washer To Preach At Lakewood Church; Thousands Dead
HOUSTON, TX—What seemed to be a harmless mix-up in mistakenly scheduling missionary and preacher Paul Washer to speak to Joel Osteen’s congregation at Lakewood Church turned into tragedy Sunday, as Washer’s fiery sermon saw thousands brutally slaughtered where they sat, sources reported.
From what investigators have been able to piece together so far, Lakewood’s Coach of Vision and Teaching had contacted the agent of deceased actor Paul Walker to schedule a motivational speech, not realizing he had passed away. Walker’s former representative assumed the coach had meant to schedule Paul Washer for the church service, and made the arrangements for Washer to deliver the Word that Sunday.
When the fateful day came, Washer began his message with a brief prayer, which caused several audience members some discomfort. As Washer then looked up at the crowd, congregants knew something was amiss, as his gaze alone caused the deaths of several families seated in the front row of the stadium. By then it was too late, as he began reading out of the fifth chapter of Second Corinthians, causing hundreds of those in attendance to melt into pools of mush.
“A majority of the people present didn’t even make it through the reading of the Word,” a spokesperson for Washer’s HeartCry Missionary Society noted Monday. “Some of them apparently tried to escape out the emergency exists, but Washer declared, ‘I don’t know why you’re leaving. I’m talking about you!’ causing their instant and complete implosion. There was blood everywhere.”
After twelve minutes of Washer’s precise, impassioned preaching, the last remaining survivor escaped out a window. Washer reportedly pushed on, expertly expositing six verses in 2 Corinthians and portions of the Old Testament for another 50 minutes to the corpses slumped over chairs and strewn about the floor in front of him. He then closed in prayer and motioned for the praise band to make their way back to the stage, but they had unfortunately all been reduced to various piles of ashes.
“Oh my word—the screaming. I’ll never forget the screaming,” a visibly shaken and slightly singed Victoria Osteen told reporters as paramedics continued to comb through the scene, looking mostly in vain for survivors. “Has anyone seen Joel?”
According to sources, Washer was not asked back to the 11:00 a.m. service.
*** Obviously this story is not true but it makes a powerful statement. It has a tone to it that intentionally alludes to satire. Published by the Babylon Bee. ***