[anzac] CASTING ASIDE the CROSS! - David Wilkerson

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Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:02:41 +1200
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-by David Wilkerson.

The sin of idolatry brought down God's awful wrath on His own people.
It angered Him more than any other sin in the Old Testament, so
much that He declared: "The children gather wood, and the fathers
kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes
to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other
gods, that they may provoke me to anger" (Jeremiah 7:18).

This is God's declaration against idolatry in the Old Testament and
He hates idolatry just as much today. It brings down His wrath on
any generation, including this modern one.

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 clever-
ness. Yet it angers God more than any Old Testament idolatry.

"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.

"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.

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