The Gospel is an Offense

Galatians 5:11 calls the gospel “the offense of the cross”. The message of Jesus – that he is God in the flesh, died for sin, rose from death, and will come again to judge the living and the dead – is one that some people will celebrate with joy and others will despise with the most intense hatred and disgust imaginable. Sometimes, in our safe, free-speech Western world, we can forget this.

Think the gospel is not all that offensive? Then why would national news seek to silence it by literally cutting off people who were proclaiming it? Watch for yourself.

And again.

Christians, I ask you to consider: Are you prepared to be hated by the world for your beliefs? Are you ready to be silenced by those who cannot stand to hear of Jesus? Are you willing stand for Christ in the midst of increasing opposition? Is Jesus worth enough to you that you’d be willing to sacrifice anything for him?

Make no mistake about it. This is serious stuff. We’re not playing games. There is no such thing as a cozy, middle-ground Christian. You are either in or out. You either follow Jesus wholeheartedly or you reject him wholeheartedly. It’s one or the other. Take your pick.

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