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The Christian Message: Prophetic, Not Diplomatic, by A.W. Tozer
 

The Christian Message: Prophetic, Not Diplomatic By A.W.Tozer

*For Christ sent me... To preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest
the cross of Christ should he made of none effect. *

*1 Corinthians 1:17 <http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=1Co+1%3A17>*

We who witness and proclaim the gospel must not think of ourselves as public
relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world.

We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big
business, the press, modern education, or the world of sports.

We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but
an ultimatum!

God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life
out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would
possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in
God's just sentence against him.

What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life
in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life?

Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on
to forsake himself.

Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing.

Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the
stroke of God's stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die.

Having done this, let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and
from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that
ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power
that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with
Christ!

-Renewed Day by Day - Volume One
<http://www.incredimail.com/?id=606432&rui=76858772&sd=20110307>


 


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