“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14). “The cross where Jesus died became also the cross where His apostles died. The loss, the rejection, the shame, belong both to Christ and to all who in very truth are His. The cross that saves them also slays them, and anything short of this is a pseudo-faith and not true faith at all. But what are we to say when the great majority of our evangelical leaders walk not as crucified men, but as those who accept the world at its own value, rejecting only its grosser elements? Are there then two crosses? Did Paul mean one thing and them another? I fear that it is so, that there are two crosses, the old cross and the new.”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.
Perhaps our greatest present need is to…call the church out to repentance or to judgment; “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). All who wish to follow Christ, the way lies clear. It is the way of death unto life.”
Tozer, A. W., The Pursuit of Man, Christian Publications, 1950, pages 52-54.
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