No Offense, No Effect

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14

We need men of the cross, with the message of the cross bearing the marks of the cross.

Paul was a MAN of the cross. He gloried in it. “I am crucified with Christ.” (Gal. 2:20). With him it was not a theory but an experience. His message was the cross. “I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). He bore the marks of the cross: “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Gal. 6:17).

We are hearing a new version of Christianity that avoids all this. It is not foolishness to the world and it is without offense. It involves no crucifixion of self, it presents no bleeding Saviour, it offers medals instead of scars. But if any man or an angel preach a crossless Christ let him be accursed. For such a Christ is without offense and without effect.

by Vance Havner