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Thursday, March 29 2012

The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?

A large portion of the true Christian church (i.e. the true Christian people - "church" means people, "called out ones") became doctrinally perverted very early. The apostle Paul saw people, that he taught, soon afterward fall away into the abyss of deception and vanity. Notice carefully the means, for their own purpose, by and for which their vain religion (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?) happened: "to please men":

"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners] unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ [see The True Gospel Of Christ].

1:8 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. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:6-10 KJV)

From that time, the doctrinal perversion has grown and compounded (i.e. the smug "Protestant" delusion that they have rejected "Rome," when in fact they teach and believe most of the same antichrist errors - they are like two seemingly competing businesses that are actually owned by the same man). Even the very Cross of Christ has been made into a false image that never existed. While the Romans did crucify Christ, they did not use a "Latin" cross to do it. The Romans used an uppercase "T" shaped cross, as shown in the illustration below (see also Crossing The T). The Latin cross as a deviant Christian symbol originated from a hallucination (or outright lie) supposedly seen by the Roman Emperor Constantine.

It was Constantine who created his empire's Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). It was Constantine who created his Papacy in Rome (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). It was Constantine who dictated his pagan "Sun Day" as a false substitute for the true Christian Sabbath (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?; the study also explains how Christ was sacrificed at Passover, not the Babylonian/Roman Ishtar, or "Easter"). Most of the "Christianity" of today is based upon the false "cross" religion of that man, Constantine, not on the true Cross of Jesus Christ.

The Crucifixion

Paul pleaded with people to continue to look to the true Cross of Christ, not mere substitutes created from and for the purpose of the cult of a man - any man (see Is Your Church A Cult?).

"1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." (1 Corinthians 1:10-17 KJV)

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God"

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" is a profound, but simple reality of what true Christianity is, and has always been. Nothing of Truth has changed because Jesus Christ was and is "the LORD God" of the Hebrew Scriptures (see Appearances Of The LORD God).

View from the Cross

"1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?] it is the power of God. 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1:22 For the Jews require a sign [see Who Was Their Messiah?], and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:18-31 KJV)

Paul was a highly-learned man, a Pharisee (see Straight Street), but he came to recognize that greatness of knowledge only has value when it is used for "the testimony of God."

"2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV)

No one is "saved" in this physical life. No one is "already perfect." Those will come by following the true Way of the Cross (see The Path To Glory).

The Holy Scriptures

"3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus [see Faithful Doers Of The Word; also Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?].

3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ [see Could Christ Return Tonight?]: 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." (Philippians 3:12-21 KJV)

God created ("the firstborn of every creature") and sent "the LORD God" (again, see Appearances Of The LORD God) to do the work of Creation ("For by him were all things created ... For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell"). The Cross of Christ was a representative Sacrifice of the Creation, by the Creator, as the ultimate Offering to the Father.

"1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister" (Colossians 1:15-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does the Christian Day of Atonement fulfill the Sacrifice made by the Messiah on the Christian Passover?
See The Day Of Atonement: It's All About Christianity


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This Day In History, March 29

1461: The bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses occurred near York. 35,000 Yorkists battled 40,000 Lancastrians to secure the English throne for Yorkist Edward IV.

1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.

1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).

1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.

1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.

1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.

1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.

1867: The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.

1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.

1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.

1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.

2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.





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