CASTING ASIDE the CROSS!

-extracts by David Wilkerson.

A new idolatry is sweeping across our world right now. No, we don’t see people kneeling down before carved images anymore; instead, this modern idolatry seduces multitudes by its subtlety and cleverness…

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into
the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but
there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of
Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let
him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-8).

This “other gospel” that Paul mentions is a message of salvation
without the cross. The great idolatry of our day is the casting aside
of the message of the cross of Jesus Christ.

The cross — including its demands and hopes — is the very heart
of the gospel. Any worship, any fellowship, anything calling itself
church is blatant idolatry if the cross is not at its center. Such
worship is of another spirit entirely and God will have nothing to
do with it. Without the cross, all that is left is chaff — a perverted
gospel, something from the pit of hell. It is more insulting to the
Lord than the idolatry of Israel.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew on August 9th, 2012 at 7:55 pm.

53 comments

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  1. I believe if we reject the gospel of the cross, the true gospel, we are susceptible to deception in believing a false gospel. This will necessarily promote the self-life, which then entails some form of idolatry.

  2. James Aug 9th 2012

    Sorry, but we still see people bowing to carved images, as well as casting money at their base. I have seen this at a high class very expensive Catholic church building when we were invited to another event held there. Numerous people constantly carrying out this idol worship.

  3. a farmer Aug 9th 2012

    Amen!

    Without death to our old self we can’t live in the power of resurrection life. Without the cross we are still in our own image and not in the image of Christ.

  4. Barry Aug 9th 2012

    “justified by His blood”
    In these days when judgement upon the nations is immanent the temptation for the church is to bypass the cross and to turn to and to trust in religious activity for deliverance- things like prayer and prayer gatherings instead of trusting in the only refuge from wrath- “justified by His blood”
    If prayer and fasting and increased deviotional ferver delivers from wrath them Christ died for nothing.
    Is this religioisly frenzied generation in danger of the same response Isreal gave to God when threatened with wrath:
    “in quietness and confident faith is your salvation. In repentance and rest is your deliverance. BUT YOU WERE NOT WILLING TO DO THIS!”
    gods ONLY deliverance from wrath is still the cross of Christ- “justified by His blood”
    Barry Schmidt
    Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada

  5. There will be no more delay. Let those pretenders and imposters that preach another gospel continue to do so – or not. Let those that do evil continue to do evil – or not. Let those that practice vile things continue to do so – or not. Let those that live only onto themselves continue to do so – or not. But Blessings be unto the children of Our Heavenly Father that do and teach what is right and continue to do so. Blessings upon those who are Holy and continue to be so.Gird self in Christ for some dark days ahead. Be bold enough to awaken with a song in your heart in spite of living on this infected planet for our redemption is nearer than some may be aware. The Kingdom of Our Heavenly Father is at hand– Believe it –or don’t. Be Bold – Be Courageous. Do not be afraid of the torments called down on this earth. After ALL– THE KINGDOM OF GOD SHALL REIGN OVER ALL THE EARTH, like it – or not.

  6. Gary Gorham Aug 9th 2012

    And still His arm is stretched out. Aren’t you tired yet children? The famine is only begun. He says when we acknowledge our guilt, in our affliction we will seek Him in earnest. When there is no vision the people are unrestrained , in those days there was no king and the people did as they pleased. The church of the Laodiceans, means a people of their own judgments or opinions. The Lord said a body thou hast prepared for Me. Today it is a headless body, we cannot modle a body. We are or we aren;t. Our Father has only one Son and in the earth He has His body’ but the only one with the pattern and the keys is the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father. Because you have rejected the Spirit of truth and do not love the truth you are believing a lie. The lie is you can be in the kingdom and under the new covenent apart from the Holy Spirit. Those today who do have the Holy Spirit treat Him as an app. Using Him when they have certain needs or want to chalk up accomplishments on their score card. When the Spirit of Truth shall come He will lead you into all truth and He will disclose Me and show you things to come. You have no need of men to teach you He will lead you into all truth. The Father planted only One seed in the earth, His Son and He is coming looking for fruit, Christ in you the hope of glory, do not be conformed to this world , for you become the enemy of God, however be transformed, metamorphosed, by renewing your mind. The transformation requires two elements 1. the Holy Spirit 2. rest. When you enter into His rest you have ceased from all your labors. A law will go forth from Me, I will make My judgement to rest a light to the peoples. With stammering lips and another tongue I will speak to this people, there in is your rest this is your repose. But you would not. So for it will be back to the tree of death vainly trying to discern Spiritual things by the carnal mind. Come let us return to the Lord for He has torn us but He will heal us and raise us up on the Third day that we may live before Him. Consider yourself as the caterpillar who is earth bound and whose destiny is to be heavenly, yet you cannot in your won strength become your destiny. You must enter rest , the cocoon. The Lord said if you keep this life you will lose it but if you lose it form My sake you will find it to eternity. It is glory He is looking for the same that was in His son and while it is bound up in all these earth dwelling saints it is not being released yet. But remember the words do not disturb My beloved until she desires. Only the heart cry to the Father to reveal His children in the earth will succeed, for He says ask Me about My sons and you commit me to the work of My hands.

  7. Hallelu-Jah

  8. Richard M Aug 10th 2012

    The gospel without the Cross and heralding the “New revelation of Grace”, has to be The Strong Dillusion of 2nd Thes 2:11, and why does God do this? 2nd Thes 2:10…………….because they receive not the Love of Truth..

  9. Tiffany Aug 10th 2012

    Excellent article Andrew, thank you for sharing this! AMEN!!

  10. debonnaire Aug 10th 2012

    Amen, excellent. And so are the comments so far.
    The Holy Spirit could not come , for Jesus was not crucified yet (John 7). So great a gift and what a price !
    The Bread of Life who was pierced is poured from heaven in the belly of the hungry who turns to Jesus and Him crucified. He is the Way , the Life and the Truth. There is no other Way Life and Truth ! … despite what man can say with his tortuous thoughts , vain agitation , and self-preservation to not give up everything he is and does which do not endure forever , to Him.

  11. Sharron Henley Aug 10th 2012

    That is what has been going on in our church, we are having a conference this week end…But, one Preacher spoke last night, and
    spoke the same thing that this very article talks about….THANK YOU, JESUS !!!!
    I pray it shook my Pastor & Evanglist, that has been letting unspeakable things happen, in the revival that has been going on since the 15th of July…PLEASE PRAY THAT TRUE REVIVAL HAPPENS , in Highlands, Tx.

  12. I was in a church service once (in our church where we attended for years and years) where a prophetic minister was speaking. He suddenly looked at a young girl in the service,around 18-19, and asked her if she was born again. “Yes”. How do you know? ….no answer…. Did you ask Jesus to be your Lord. Did you repent from any sins you have ever committed? Have you ever been baptized? “no”.
    So here was this girl who had come to church faithfully and regularly for months and months and months, yet had never really met Jesus. She was a nice girl, acted like a believer, was demure, kind….. but not born again. What a failure we were to not feel the conviction to see to this little one’s salvation. She heard all the messages about God’s love, God’s grace, God’s desire to make us whole and provide for us, but never really the message of the cross. It was tragic.
    We left the church right around that time (about 15yrs ago), and it has since fallen apart. Only a few people go there now, maybe 6-8 or so. And the thing is, the ministers there are believers, all the people there were decent people with true hearts. But we were a failure at what was important, and we didn’t even know it. The message of the church was misplaced from salvation to other things that are not as important.
    And if a man of God hadn’t stood there and told the little girl the message of the cross, the offering of the sacrifice of the Son of God for her, would she had heard it? or would she have kept hearing things about God’s healing power, His desire to care for you (providence), His desire for you to serve others, etc?
    This is a wonderful message from Wilkerson. Thank you for posting it.

  13. Foolhardy Fred Aug 10th 2012

    Is not the Queen of Heaven the Roman Catholic Mary their “co redemptress?”

    Is not the greatest idolatry participating in false religion resulting from unbiblical unity at any cost with false or unbiblical religions.

    Unbiblical ecumenism is an abomination to God as it is IDOLATRY satanically inspired and driven by man.

    The Cross of Christ provides the means for us to have faith in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation and justification before God.

    This great liberating fact enables us to live a life pleasing to God as we seek to achieve conformity to HIS plan and purposes as revealed to us in HIS WORD THE BIBLE which alone provides information on matters of faith and morals in accordance with the plan and purposes of God.

  14. Elisheva Aug 10th 2012

    No man can come unto the Son, unless the Father draws him. How then is men drawn unto Yeshua? Well, when He is lifted up on the cross, He will draw all men unto himself!. My conclusion, therefor,: In my crucified lifestyle, Yeshua is seen on the cross and it will draw people unto Yeshua. It is a work of the Holy Spirit and promises no wealth or easy ride, but eternal peace with our Creator.
    The Cross is the only way to draw men unto Christ! Not only the preaching alone, but the lifestyle of The Cross that goes with it!!

  15. Andrew Aug 10th 2012

    Terrible compromise from high level leadership is everywhere one looks. And these are the very ‘basics’ being sold down the river.

    Hard to believe. We have to be in the Last Days.

    Bless you,

    Andrew

  16. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men (men: symbolizes Israel) to Me. Yahshua died to remarry Israel back, see 1Kings 29-39. The idols are still in the church today because the church do not know their true identity. Ashtoreth (the bare breasted fertility goddess of the east)and Baal are still worshiped in Easter and Christmas and Sunday worship. And the correct names of God are not used, this is also Baal worship, Jeremiah 23:27. We the lost of Israel are being lied to and are deceived. Come out of her my people. Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city. What are the names on the gates of the city? If you love Me you will keep my commandments. (Please watch Truth or Tradition by Jim Staley, Passion for Truth)

  17. sandy eubank Aug 10th 2012

    I agree with what our brother said about the cross.
    I thought of another scripture in Jeremiah as I was reading.
    Jeremiah 10:3-4
    I am amazed at the pagan customs in the church,maybe more amazed
    as I a use to be dyed in the wool Baptist that I would have my eyes opened to see.I now know my husband and I are Israelites,now scripture “fits”
    now I get it.
    Grace and His Commandments ….yes we are blessed.
    don and sandy eubank

  18. Isaiah 2:6-8

    “For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,
    Because they are filled with eastern ways;
    They are soothsayers like the Philistines,
    And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
    Their land is also full of silver and gold,
    And there is no end to their treasures;
    Their land is also full of horses,
    And there is no end to their chariots.
    Their land is also full of idols;
    They worship the work of their own hands,
    That which their own fingers have made.”

  19. Bernie Pavilonis Aug 10th 2012

    “Woe unto me if I preach not the gospel of Christ” ought to be carved into the pulpit of every bible believing church, along with the reference to 1st Corinthians 1:18-23 as a reminder of the sacred responsibility every true minister of Jesus Christ bears. The list of Christian pop culture trends that substitute for the true teaching of the gospel of the cross, are way too numerous to mention. I pity the poor pitiful preacher, (and his congregation) that go down this path of deception, and destruction. The sad truth is, most of these, (that are caught in this web of deception) are oblivious to this fact, simply because they have never learned the original template of the gospel ONCE delivered unto the saints. May our gracious Lord wake up the remnant, and in His infinite mercy, grant us a spirit of brokennes and repentance,before it is too late

  20. Andrew Aug 10th 2012

    Sadly so true, Bernie.

    Bless you!

    Andrew

  21. It is the sacrificial offering of Yeshua and HIS BLOOD that restored our relationship with Abba and has opened the pathway to live righteous and holy. Too much emphasis on the cross (a piece of wood…NOT to be extolled) and a lot less emphasis on how to live life following the way of our Master. Is it any wonder the preaching of the truth has been compromised??? Man created a different lifestyle other than the remembrance and honoring of Sabbath which is a sign of true belief and will identify those who love YHWH with all their heart and strength. Christianity cannot refute the blatant hypocrisy of the 4th commandment’s modification. Repent and return to YHWH through Yeshua Messiah. He will then heal our land and restore us. Obedience matters!!!

  22. Victor Hvostik Aug 10th 2012

    @ Andrew – Thanks for continuing to put out articles that preach the truth. For the longest time, I have been upset with the Church because of the way it preaches salvation without taking up your cross daily or losing your life in this world. I just don’t see how Christian leaders today can say of a truth that they are not friends with the world or that they have given up on this life in order to take up their cross daily. Everything about today’s preaching is about continuing in this life and USING God to establish your name on this earth. Where are those leaders that are dying to their name and not continuing in the model of life given by those of the world?

    @ Gary Gorham – I really love what you wrote because it’s the truth. There are very few these days who speak the truth, who aren’t just repeating the lies preached by so many self-important pastors out there. I’ve been saying for a long time that it’s not the pastor who gives us insight into truth but the Holy Spirit. I keep trying to tell people that pastors are not meant to be in the position of leading the Body. Jesus leads the Body and He does so through the Holy Spirit. Pastors are to preach the truth, period. Not to influence people or convince people with words. 1 Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me to preach the gospel, NOT WITH WISDOM OF WORDS, lest the cross of Christ be made of none effect. Seeking to be an influential preacher, where you are dependent on your preparation rather than the Holy Spirit, makes the cross of no effect. How can dying to yourself so that the Holy Spirit would bring you into all truth be possible when people are still continuing to depend on themselves and their name for power and influence? 1 Cor 1:23 “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block and unto the Greeks foolishness.” Why is the cross a stumbling block and foolishness? Because the Jews lived by what they did and the Greeks by what seemed wise in this world. Preaching a way to the Father through Christ and not through one’s own works is a stumbling block to those who preach salvation through works. Dying to our lives on this earth instead gaining our salvation through the cross is a stumbling block to the way of the OT Jews. It’s foolishness to the Greeks because you don’t preach without knowing what you’re going to say. You don’t show up in weakness to make an impact in people’s lives. You don’t die to who you are in this world and give up control of your life so that you can have faith in the unknown will of God. Lastly, you don’t learn by the Holy Spirit when there are pastors with Masters and Doctorates able to teach you. It’s foolishness to them. In the same way, there are those who say they are believers in Christ who do not preach and live by taking up their cross daily. They still depend on themselves for action. They preach a gospel without the cross and without the leading of the Holy Spirit.

  23. chas351 Aug 10th 2012

    you said ”
    “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”
    (John 12:32). This “lifting up from the earth” Jesus mentions is
    His crucifixion. He was lifted up before the whole world on the
    cross, an image of His great sacrifice for our sins.”

    lifted up means Resurrection.

    and because He was resurrected & reigns now from heaven He is able to draw all men to himself

    it has nothing to do with crucificion

    the idolatory of this world is not the crossless church but the church that does not have a foundation on the living resurrected Christ Jesus.

    an pagan unbeliever knows about the crucifiction as thats History.

    But talk about Resurrection is a nother ball game !!!

    We dont worship Jesus on the cross.. He is no longer there.
    The Old Covenant was finished when He died there, the New Covenant of Grace began when He rose and thius is when Jesus received all power in heaven and in Earth and He is able to save us to the uttermost.. all by Grace and we can’t help Him do it.

    Rm 8:28, Eph 2:8-9, Titus 3:5

  24. So many idols in this world. If we do not die to ourselves and live for Christ and to Christ with Christ always before us leading, we will fall prey to one of these idols.

    Thank you Andrew for sharing David Wilkerson’s sermon with us! It was and is vital!

  25. Neville Aug 10th 2012

    Jesus prophesied in Matt. 24 that this would take place calling it “THE END OF THE AGE” – He Said that the love of most would grow cold and many would come in His Name claiming to be Him – Another Jesus not THE Matt. 16 Christ, the Son of the Living God!

    There are over 33,000 (And counting) Born Again, Bible believing Jesus’s around – In Matt. 16 before Christ had even died there were “other” Jesus’s around – A Jeremiah Jesus, an Isaiah Jesus, a John the Baptist Jesus and one of the other Prophet Jesus’s! Just after His death, Ressurection and Ascension in 1 Cor. 1:12 the Church in Corinth were now following a Paul Jesus, an Apollos Jesus and a Cephas (Peter) Jesus instead of THE Christ the Son of the Living God whom the Gates of Hades will never prevail against.

    Seeing and hearing about all that is going on in His Body at this time does not surprise me anymore but what really is sad is the testimony they represent to those on the outside looking in.

  26. atherton Aug 10th 2012

    I think there is some misunderstanding here.

    I do not think people are trying to take the execution stake from the gospels. It is very important.

    It is people bowing down to the image of the cross that the problem. We were instructed to not bow to any graven image or idol, and from the many churches I have been in, it seems to me, people believe the cross has Yashua in it or is a living breathing thing.

    The cross has become an idol and not a symbol

  27. Foolhardy Fred Aug 10th 2012

    Dying on the cross was the means by which Jesus provided for our salvation. In spite of the anti biblical teachings of Word of Faith heretics and other apostate groups the Bible clearly teaches that there is NO one else and never has been anyone else able to do this.

    The original authentic Jesus – Deity come in the flesh to fulfill this specific purpose is the only one able to provide this salvation and He offers this to all by faith in HIM alone.

    Faithfulness to HIS WORD complements this saving faith by providing a way for us to know the mind and will of God.
    Conformity to HIS Word is the primary prerequisite to facilitate conformity to HIS WILL and purpose.

    The Apostle Paul himself dealt with excesses of legalism and antinomianism in HIS day. Those who truly know and love the Lord JESUS Christ know and obey HIS Teaching as presented to us in the Bible.

    This of course is the only way to avoid the idolatry of association with the plethora of false religion or belief systems which might distract us from faithfulness to HIS WORD. Adam and Eve fell for the line “Did God really say that.” The committed Bible believing christian will be ready with the answer on which their eternal destiny depends solely because of that simple commitment to HIS Word.

    Faith in Jesus Christ and Faithfulness to HIS Word is what God requires and is what the delusion HE has sent into the World in accordance with HIS Word is testing.

  28. Foolhardy Fred Aug 10th 2012

    The Holy Spirit facilitates and empowers one for conformity to HIS Word for God has indeed elevated HIS Word above HIS Name.

    As the psalmist turns to the temple to worship he writes in Ps. 138:2: “For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”

    God’s Word is His communication, His promise, the revelation of Himself to His people. It is to be a lamp to our feet in a dark and fallen world, without it we would have no way to know God or how to do God’s will and this is when idolatry becomes acceptable.

    Throughout scripture we have a consistent theme of the dichotomy of light versus darkness. The world we live in is darkness reserved for judgment. John the apostle in 1 John 1:5 tells us God is light.

    Light is God’s very nature, it represents to us Holiness and perfection. This is why we often read that a physical manifestation of God ‘s glory is light or fire. Sin is associated with darkness and judgment. It implies imperfection, and principally ignorance, sinfulness, and misery. Idolatry is sin.

    The Psalmist asks Ps 119:9 “How can a young man cleanse his way? He answers, “By taking heed according to Your Word. Just a few more verses later v:11 “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” God’s word keeps us from sin and keeps us on his path, as the Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps.119:105) in a dark world.

    Ps. 43:3 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me. As one reads the psalms one grasps the importance of the Word to the the people of Israel, especially the leaders.

    To disregard God’s Word that is holy, pure and absolutely true is to defame God’s name and character. It is to bring ruin upon our walk and idolatry to pervert our communion with God

    So HIS WORD becomes and must always remain the focal point in our daily walk with Christ if we are to avoid the Idolatry this article refers to.

  29. A scripture placed on my heart that addresses this whole issue of a false gospel is Jude 3(b)-4,
    ” .. contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
    For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus our only Sovereign and Lord.”

    In this vein of contending, we can pray for the true gospel to be restored to the ekklesia of Christ in the way that Paul entered again into intercession for those believers who had come under deception (although a different one) according to his statement in Galations 4:19. We should do this from a position of humility in the knowledge that, but for the grace of God, we too can be deceived or fall into some area of deception, and that He alone is the author and the finisher of our faith.

  30. Neville Aug 10th 2012

    Having read most of the contributions so far I want to add a note which set me free regarding the danger of being entraped by the excesses we see and hear about in the Body of Christ regarding Gods Word at this time ….

    If we live by Gods Word alone, we will “dry up” …….If we live by Gods Spirit alone, we will “blow up” …….. But if we Live by Gods Spirit AND Word, we will “grow up”! (Ephesians 4:13&14)

  31. Gary Gorham Aug 10th 2012

    It is a curiosity that the thing that sets us free in time becomes the thing that ensnares us. The cross is central to the gospel and we should never lose sight of where we have come from, but what have we come too, like the Patty Paige song is that all there is. God forbid! We have a purpose and a destiny in Christ. Unfortunately most of the church has camped out at the foot of the cross waiting for the end , what ever they deem that to be.The purpose of God for us is restitution, the return of an item to its rightful owner. As God told the priests of Zadok you will have no possession in the earth for I AM your possession! This is even more true of us.The Lord told David you will always have a man to sit upon the throne. This was fulfilled in our Savior but not totally. For God created man in His image and He will have that which He created fulfill his destiny in Christ. As the Lord said if you over come as I over came and sat down on My Fathers throne so you will sit on My throne. Don’t you really want to go on to the high calling that is in Christ. According to Paul we have a resurrection life that can be obtained here. The Lord said to Martha I am the resurrection and the life the one who believes and dies shall live and the one who believes and lives shall never die, do you believe this? Paul said forgetting what lies behind we press on to the high calling. You cannot press on camped at the foot of the cross nor in a voting booth. Yes America has become a stumbling block and an idol to the church. Your citizenship is in heaven. set your mind on things above where Christ sits at the right hand of the Father. Set your mind on things above rather that things below. Look up for your redemption draws nigh. Dear ones our frustration is that we have not become who we are, therefore the world has not seen Christ in us and therefore they are not moved. So we not knowing how to produce Christ have settled for good works and there is an endless amount of needs that are never satisfied. But to see Christ revealed by Him taking off the cover we must enter rest and cease from our labors. there by fulfilling the scriptures that he who lets will be taken out of the way and then the man of perdition will be revealed. We have been so earthly minded we are no heavenly good. The whole world waits for a revealing of Christ in the earth. That there can be a true contrast between that of life and light and that of death and darkness. Multitudes in the valley of decision, The Lord said it is finished and it was and He sat down on His Fathers throne. However there is another it is finished to be uttered by us as we sit down on His throne. Then there will be no place left in heaven for Satan and all His angels and the works of God will have been concluded as His children take there rightful place in heaven. Amen

  32. When God sets out to bless His people He doesn’t do it by demanding that they change their behavior . He does it by bringing them back to faith in the cross again- plus nothing! When God sets out to bring His wrath on a people He does it by letting them alone to pursue a righteousness I their own through their own behavior and shuts them out from the righteousness that comes by faith I’m the cross of Christ alone.
    Is ours a generation of blessing or of wrath? Our only hope o the former is faith alone in the cross. “Repent and believe the gospel”
    Barry

  33. Jesus words explain the ‘lifting up’:

    Joh 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
    Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
    Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
    Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  34. When Jesus spoke the above, He was referring to this:

    Num 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
    Num 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

  35. atherton Aug 11th 2012

    It is not the cross we need to have faith in. We must have faith in Yashua. The cross was only a means to put him to death so that the bride could remarry.

  36. Foolhardy Fred Aug 11th 2012

    The Cross is, of course, symbolic of HIS sacrifice to enable us to be redeemed and thereby have fellowship with God the Father.
    His Holy Spirit is available to empower us to then live by faith in accordance with HIS WORD as presented to us in the Bible.

    Faith in Christ and Faithfulness to HIS Word are the means God has provided for us to avoid the idolatry this article is addressing.

  37. a farmer Aug 11th 2012

    Clarification for Atherton:

    The cross being discussed is not just the wooden cross on which our Lord was put to death. It is the whole doctrine of atonement, Christ crucified as our only Savior.

    Therefore, we can know Him in the power of His resurrection, in the fellowship of His sufferings [our cross], being made conformable unto His death. (Phil. 3)

    “Far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Gal. 6:14)

  38. Foolhardy Fred Aug 11th 2012

    The constant threat of idolatry and Gods antidote faithfulness to HIS Word are summed up in verses such as:

    Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

  39. Elisheva Aug 11th 2012

    Philippians 2:5-9
    Let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua:
    6 Though he was in the form of God,
    he did not regard equality with God
    something to be possessed by force.
    7 On the contrary, he emptied himself,
    in that he took the form of a slave
    by becoming like human beings are.
    And when he appeared as a human being,
    8 he humbled himself still more
    by becoming obedient even to death-
    death on a stake as a criminal!
    9 Therefore God raised him to the highest place
    and gave him the name above every name;

    1 Corinthians 2:2
    For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

    Colossians 1:24
    Paul’s Labor for the Church
    24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

    Colossians 3:1-4
    Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
    1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Colossians 3:12-15
    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
    15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

    2 Thessalonians 1:6-8
    God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

    Galatians 5:5
    For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.

    Philippians 3:8-14
    What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
    12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

  40. Elisheva Aug 11th 2012

    There is a sonship, to be revealed in us. There is a glorious lifting up. But it is done by God in response to our obedience and sharing in the suffering of Christ. We are to follow Him. Walk like Him. With the certain hope that we will share in His ressurection. Listen to The Spirit. He will lead you to rule in this life through one Christ Jesus – not by your pride and exclamation of your own glory, but by humility and love, kind and gentle spirit, obedience to the small voice that will always lead you to be the least, like our Master did. Amd then God lifted Him up! It is The Father’s decision, and the Father’s timing. Don’t rule like the earthly rulers, lording it over every one. Kingdom principles are ALWAYS DIFFERENT FROM THE EARTHLY PRINCIPLES. That wich seems foolish, is what is wisdom with God.

  41. Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
    Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
    Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

    Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
    Heb 1:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
    Heb 1:12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

    Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
    Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

    Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
    Heb 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
    Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
    Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
    Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

    All glory and praise to Christ Jesus our risen, (and soon returning) Lord and King.

  42. Elisheva Aug 11th 2012

    Amen.

  43. Elisheva Aug 11th 2012

    Philippians 3:13-20
    Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
    Following Paul’s Example
    15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
    17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:21
    who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

  44. Foolhardy Fred Aug 11th 2012

    This article refers to the dangers of being lured into the idolatry of false religion which is ever before us.

    The Word of God is made available to us not only so that we might KNOW HIS WILL AND PURPOSE but also to warn us of the “ravenous wolves” masquerading as leaders within the church who would lure the non discerning into the idolatry of false religion and the certain judgement of God which follows.

    1 Timothy 4

    King James Version (KJV)

    ! Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times (some) shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

    6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

    7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

    8 ……… godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

    9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

    10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

    11 These things command and teach.

    12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

    13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

  45. Foolhardy Fred Aug 11th 2012

    It is, of course, impossible to live by the Holy Spirit without being in accord or harmony with HIS WORD.

    Similarly it is impossible to live in accordance with HIS WORD without living in the Holy Spirit.

    Each dimension of genuine christianity provides the proof by which we are able to evaluate the other.

    Consequently the committed Bible believing christian. by the grace of God alone, of course, is well equipped to avoid the many delusions of false religion seeking to avert our attention from the saving grace available in Jesus Christ alone,

    Faithfulness to HIS WORD is the price we must pay.

  46. Kathleen in WA State Aug 11th 2012

    In recent days I have been dialoging with several from the Jewish community who subscribe to a bloodless sacrifice for atonement. It is, apparently an essential doctrine of the Jewish faith, which is to say they believe many things: good works, repentance, prayer, etc., can atone for sin; that blood sacrifices are no longer necessary.

    Never more than today do I understand how essential is Christ’s death on the cross. Not only does it fulfill a myriad prophecies and “types” from antiquity, but it is the only effectual means of atonement. Without it, we are still in our sin.

    We know the scripture tells us that life is in the blood, and certainly it can be said that “our life is in HIS blood”. It may not be popular pulpit fare, but it’s central and foremost in “need to know” teachings.

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

  47. Oh the Blood, Oh the Blood of Jesus
    Oh the Blood that He shed for me
    Oh the Blood, Oh the Blood of Jesus
    Cleansed my soul gave me liberty…

  48. Laurie J Aug 12th 2012

    I think the problem could be something the Lord showed me years ago. He showed me that many of His people do not really believe in the resurrection within their hearts, but just give it intellectual assent. Unless we truly believe there is a resurrection, we will not be willing to take up the cross. The cross of Christ needs to become wisdom to us. For everything we are willing to give up of ourselves, He will replace it with something much better, Himself. I think Paul said it best in Philippians 3:5-11:circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection form the dead.
    Paul was willing to lose his identity. We need to ask the Lord to show us the things we hold on to and find our identity in, besides Him. Laurie J

  49. Andrew Aug 12th 2012

    Laurie, I think indeed that there is a great lack of “heart faith” today.

    We need those anointed gospel preachers back!

    -Andrew

  50. I am fed up of being in churches where the pastor is promoting his latest book. What about THE BOOK that we are supposed to live by – every word of God! I wish pastors would spend more time promoting God’s book than their own!!!

  51. Foolhardy Fred Aug 12th 2012

    Spurgeon once said, “A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.”

    His observation proven to be quite prophetic in terms of the contemporary church in general.

  52. ValleyAnt Aug 13th 2012

    I’m becoming much more acquainted than I ever wanted to be with what Paul calls in Gal. 1:6-8 “another gospel” which, in all truth, is no good news at all. Those who prefer this ‘gospel’, at least those I am becoming ‘too close with’ are very brazen and have no fear at all of God. They operate by this ‘gospel’ and under the spirit behind it (the religious spirit which is an evil spirit masking as Jesus but not requiring any holiness “without which no one will see the Lord”). But it’s as the Bible said– that in these last days, the end will come as it did in the days of Noah: people will be living life as if there is no consequence. Jude said he was eager to write the Church ‘in fellowship tones’ but that a great number of false ministers and brethren motivated him to instead urge the Church to contend for and stand in the faith (truth, salvation) that was fully (with no additions or subtractions accepted or needed) delivered to the Saints. In beautiful but foreboding language, Jude tells of the total despair that lies in wait for such false ministers. I am coming to learn that it isn’t only ministers who fit the category of “wandering stars for whom the blackness of darkness is reserved forever” but also false brethren who cast off all restraint and live after false ministers. The forecast for those who promote this false ‘gospel’ are bleak (“clouds without water”), and the verdict for them is not flattering (“trees twice dead, pulled up by the roots”). In light of the imminent judgment on promoters of this false ‘gospel’, Grace sounds more and more appealing to me everyday.

  53. Averyl Aug 13th 2012

    I must decrease that He may increase.
    Less of me, more room for Him!