Yesterday I shared a couple of dreams I had. One was about holiness-- which we talked about. The other was about the cross. The interpretation dealt with how both subjects are being left out of the church. This morning I want to talk about the cross.
The scripture says that it is the preaching of the cross that is the power of God to save the lost. There is power in the cross, but many-- including ministers-- see it as "foolish". They see their own plan, their own way, their own message, their own preaching as a "wiser" one. What is this "wiser" plan? It is one that will give the people what they want to hear. It is one that will not preach the cross if it "offends" anyone. Their plan includes making the gospel popular and "seeker friendly" and more appealing to the masses. They think the preaching of the cross is old-fashioned and out of touch with this new generation. Therefore, give them something "fresh and new".
If the preaching of the cross offends, then it will just have to offend. If the way the Lord has established to reach the lost turns people away, then it just turns them away. This is His way; there is no other way. Jesus' words turned many away. Many were offended by what He said. Followers of His were offended and turned away when He told them they would have to "eat His flesh and drink His blood". The rich young ruler was grieved when Jesus told him what he needed to do-- not what he wanted to do-- to have eternal life. The young man turned away and left. Jesus did not run after them and tell them He would change His message-- He let them go. He did not compromise the Word or Will of God.
Stop trying to appease people. Stop running after them. Stop changing the message to suit them. Stop compromising just to get them to stay in the church. Compromising and changing the message to keep from offending them and cause them to stay will never save them. It is the truth that sets man free. The truth is that the preaching of the cross will bring salvation to the lost.
Have a great day. The preaching of the cross may seem foolish to you, but it is God's wise way that leads to salvation.
For further reading:
2 Timothy 4:1-4
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Coffee Break is a morning devotional written by Lorraine Ezell