Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Folly of the Cross

I had a post set for today but after reading the post by my friend Stephen Bean yesterday I wanted to share it with you all. Stephen wrote a post titled Wisdom, Folly, and Truth. I just want to share a small part of it with you but please click the link and go read the whole post.

"Unfortunately in our day we will do almost anything to convince the wise man of the truth of the gospel by using his own 'wisdom.' Some appeal to scientific evidence while others try philosophical arguments. Others just do whatever they can to get you in the doors of a church so they can show you how much better Jesus is for your emotional well-being. But verse 17 says 'Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.'

The power of the cross is its ability to save. If we try to take the form of a fellow truth-suppressor we will only convert them to a slightly different form of rebellion against God. We might have more theistic heathens but in the end there won’t be anymore knees bowing to Jesus (unless God is so kind as to convert them despite an unbiblical presentation of the gospel).

My encouragement to you is to remember as you do apologetics and try to reach out to people that you don’t try to do it in a cunning persuasive way. Show people you care about them, show them that the Bible answers the questions they have (even the deep ones), but in the end let them accept or reject the truth of the cross. It isn’t up to you to convert souls, it is up to you to speak the truth of the gospel. The rest is up to God."

To view the whole post click here.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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