Romans 1:16 - "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

1 Corinthians 1:17

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

What has the modern day church come to when it feels that human wisdom spoken by mere man could ever compare or replace the Word of God.

Excuses such as creating a message that can better reach those seeking Him are used as if Gods Word is out dated or no longer significant in some way.

The Apostle Paul tells us here that using "words of human wisdom" empty the cross of Christ of its power, and I would say rightly so. When a church decides that they know better than God what His people need to hear, then the church becomes unable to deliver the message of Christ in a manner that can truly save. The cross has been emptied of its true meaning and power so how can it do anything but maybe create some surface feeling without any true depth.

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

We cannot deliver as a church a message designed to be understood and accepted by worldly people and expect it to some how reach them in the manner that Gods Word will. Only God Himself can do this through His Word, we are incapable of this to any extent.

And as followers and believers in God and Christ we cannot allow ourselves, family or friends to be drawn in to such damaging and counterfeit practices.