Camp On This has an awesome read of how the contemporary, postmodern church dudes, cool chicks and pulpit pimpeteers have double coated the gospel with earthly sweetness. In the process, they have reduced God to a “powerless lover down on one knee”, begging people to accept him. I get giddy with spiritual excitement when I hear pure preaching with no hidden agenda to manipulate the hearer for money or…something else. But its becoming harder and harder to find that type of preacher or preaching. The masses will most likely label such a person as an extremist.
This is what gives so much power to the illicit religions and false movements that thrive on the partial preaching of the gospel. That’s the “love of Jesus is a many splendored thing” crowd.
We should recommit ourselves to preaching the whole counsel of God with power and in love. Its 100% sure to offend some. But its also sure to convict and draw others into repentance and a right relationship with God. I love what the cross stands for, but much more I love who died on that cross. Roman jurisprudence selected crucifixion by cross to symbolize the most cruel, horrific and degrading way for a man to be punished. Stoning was for common criminals. Yet, Jesus endured the scourge of the cross for you and I. It is high blasphemy for any so-named Christian to diminish his death in any way so as not to offend those in sin. How utterly dispicable.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3 NIV