I had this wonderful article for a long time, and first published in 2010. This is an excerpt from an article written by A. W. Tozer. “The truth is the modern ministry little believes that what Jesus did at the Cross answers every question, solves every problem, meets every need, and breaks every bondage of sin. Yes, there may be some superficial likenesses between the Old Cross and the New Cross, but when inspected, even to a small degree, the differences are fundamental, and even that is an understatement.”
“All unannounced and mostly undetected, there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. Anything that promises salvation or victory other than simple faith in Christ and what HE did for us at the Cross must come under the heading of the “new cross”. While the “old cross” is mentioned from time to time in modern preaching, it is mostly used as window dressing. The truth is the modern ministry little believes that what Jesus did at the Cross answers every question.”
“From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique – a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. Its content is not the same as before. The Lord does NOT rehabilitate anyone. HE KILLS THE ‘OLD MAN’ AND MAKES ALTOGETHER A ‘NEW MAN’. He does not as the new cross, a friendly pal, and it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and entertainment and ‘gimmicks’ from prosperity, to ‘feeling good’ and a new one now with supposed revival even finding diamonds in pew seats. What blasphemy! Jesus doesn’t give us a ‘how to kit’…It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is UNCHANGED, he still lives for his own pleasure” (which those like Oprah cannot give up)..”Only now the accent is still on enjoyment. Instead of tears and repentance! The fun is on a higher plan morally if not intellectually. It is the message of morality, which is pleasing to the carnal ear. The truth is Judas Iscariot proved that association, participation and environment although good things, STILL does NOT change the heart of man. In other words, the born-again experience now is all but ignored. It is some moral evolution. Thats the reason the bartender or liquor salesman is now told he can keep his day job, as well as the dancer in Las Vegas. But, it is a SIN!”
“Whereby, their lives are not changed, the old things of the past still remain except they now claim Christ. Christ cannot be bought and had in such circumstances. Joel Osteen, who once I said was nothing but a sales pitch; however, I now watch Joel, and have a different opinion. He does use scriptures.
John said, ‘love not the world nor the things in the world.’ Spoken of here by John pertains to the ordered system of Satan is the head. ‘If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.’ God the Father will not share the love that must go exclusively to HIM with the world. He did not sacrifice the life of His only begotten son, for this new cross and excuses. ‘For all that is in the world there is nothing in the system of this world that is of God, the lust of the flesh, (referes to evil cravings) and the lust of the eyes (craves what he sees) and the pride of life (that which trusts its own power and resources and shamefully despises and violates Divine Laws, is not of the Father, but the world, Satan.”
“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 and is a false word to the Bible and CRUEL to the unsaved souls that hears the message. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it.”
“The Old Cross is a symbol of DEATH. It stands for the abrupt violent and end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said bye to his friends…(the old life was killed with repentance and salvation)..and all passed, the old man , is the old you, and dies. The Cross made no compromise, modified nothing! Spared nothing! It slew all of the man, completely and for good. It struck cruel and hard, breaking ties with all friends, habits, hangouts, and yes, even unsaved relatives of the past. ” (Did not Jesus say, ‘I come not in peace but to pit mother against daughter,” etc.) When we get saved we DIE by the blood…and if we deny the BLOOD shed at Calvary, we mock Jesus Christ, and our supposed salvation is nothing, but a farce. When truly saved, the old man is no more.”
“Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our pencils erase the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God forbid. Let us teach the Old Cross, the only TRUE Cross and we will know the old power of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:1-14,8: 1-2,11, ICor. 1:17-18, 21,23, 2:2, Gal 5,6:14, Eph 2:13-18, Col 2:17-18” from AW Tozer “Man the Dwelling Place of God.” 1966
May we all look deep inside our own walk with Christ. We do not have Holy Ghost power to lead others to the Cross and witness the word, if we are not dead in Christ ,ourselves. To die in repentance at that Cross and the blood shed at Calvary, kills the old man in us and when we come up..All things are passed away, we are NEW …we get a new life...(Thats what the media and Catholics do not understand with the salvation message..) new friends that are Christian, and we don’t throw the past up in someones face, for the PAST IS DEAD! Gone..Washed by Jesus blood shed at Calvary. Paul says to push towards the mark..and that we must always do. Wallowing about what is dead is of Satan..and not life under the salvation’s message. I pray for ministries led astray…I pray boldness of this message at pulpits across America, I pray for the Catholic Church to understand and reach their parishioners. The Cross…all that pain and blood Jesus shed for our sins….is the ONLY way. For didn’t Jesus say, “I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIGHT, and NO ONE COMETH TO THE FATHER, EXCEPT BY ME…COME UNTO ME ALL YE THAT ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.” Then, it says HE will mold you like clay in HIS image. If you are not converted, how can you be molded anew? What else is there? Jesus bore it all…..Alleluia to the lamb of God!