Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Old Cross and the New

"The cross where Jesus died became also the cross where His apostle died. The loss, the rejection, the shame, belong both to Christ and to all who in very truth are His. The cross that saves them also slays them, and anything short of this is a pseudo-faith and not true faith at all. But what are we to say when the great majority of our evangelical leaders walk not as crucified men but as those who accept the world at its own value—rejecting only its grosser elements? How can we face Him who was crucified and slain when we see His followers accepted and praised? Yet they preach the cross and protest loudly that they are true believers. Are there then two crosses? And did Paul mean one thing and they another? I fear that it is so, that there are two crosses, the old cross and the new.


The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter.

- A.W. Tozer, The Radical Cross, ch. 30, pp. 137-138


  1. Brother, I give thanks to God for his people and for the encouragement of truth and wisdom that discern such horrific problems as this one that Tozer has put in writing. This especially is very timely commentary for me. First, to check my own heart and then to perhaps pass along for those who have been slain by the old cross to take courage and understand this thought from Tozer which puts in word the disheartening observation which is captured in this picture of a new cross... a new cross which is not the cross at all.
    May God take these words and bring light and courage to wearied souls and may He turn the eyes of his elect to the only Cross by which we are slain and thus... saved eternally!

    The Lord be with you.

  2. Bro. Tim,

    Indeed, the cross of Christ is where our hope and peace lie: Our hope of being rid, once and for all, of this carcass of indwelling sin that now rides our backs and the peace of being accepted in the beloved for we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ.


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