Based on some of the emails and comments I get, I would dare say that some of you are offended by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why else would you defend the various heretics, apostates, false teachers, and other wolves and vipers that this blog exposes?
In Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians he delivers a scathing indictment against all who teach works salvation or any version of the Gospel that has been edited from the original. If these false gospels be true then, as Paul says, the offense of the cross has been removed. However, the Apostle, in fact, is declaring that the offense of the cross never has cease, and never can cease. Any attempt to soften the offense is folly. While genuine Christianity is peaceful, mild, and benevolent, history shows us that it has been attacked with the bitterest hate from the beginning. Why? It is clearly offensive to the unregenerate mind.
In an age where folks would rather defend the false teacher instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they claim to preach, we need to be reminded that the Gospel message is supposed to ruffle feathers – particularly because it helps us identify the sheep from the goats.
The unregenerate (and even some who claim the Name of the Lord) would rather gather around the camp fire holding hands and singing “Kumbya” than to dare allow the sensitive ears of those who ignore the Word and will of God to be offended by allowing His truth to be revealed through His Word.
The Apostle Paul said it best in Galatians 5:11-12 NASB (my emphasis in bold):
11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.
12 I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.
Careful there, Paul – you wouldn’t want anyone to accuse you of not speaking the truth “in love”…