No-Cross Chaos

The devil has succeeded in counterfeiting the seal of God, the love of God, the work, and the word of God. Every where we look we see the signs or substitute and idols. Even the cross, the means of atonement, has become a hub for twisted views and raw idolatry.

The cross of Christ is not an add-on like the clause “in Jesus’ name “. A lot of Christians are trying to receive the Bible’s riches without the cross. Nothing in the Bible smells good without the Nazarene. In our quest for personal integrity we line up things which are neither original, redemptive, nor unending.

  • Seal: the Holy Spirit or one command?
  • Assurance of salvation: obedience or Holy Spirit indwelling?
  • Love: obedience or caring for people?

Middle class, upper class ministry

Covetousness and carnal desires guide positive thinking, and none of the greater (or great) things promised by people preaching victory and abundance even come close to the gift of the Holy Spirit. By carnal desires we do not mean bodily interests but those desires that belong to the human and temporary experience. Crossless preaching is worse than looking for an accusation against Christ.

One has to violate one’s conscience to put distance between one’s beliefs and one’s practice. Whether the interest is food, drink, festivals, family or ancestral practices, chaos and emptiness follow the abandonment of Messianic atonement for sin. There is no truth that compares to “came into the world to save sinners“; not circumcision, not tireless labour, and not promises to try to be faithful. Faith establishes faithfulness, and none of the situations in which we find ourselves makes us victims. In the midst of all our chaotic situations we are assured of God’s peace and love.

Finding Rest in the Text – Alpha

We have found that the task of doing theology is an essential post in the fence we continue to build for the mysteries of our faith. It is for everyone’s benefit that we know why we do the searching, the proper handling and the accurate exposition.  There are many treasures that we discover from the Scriptures and they may become mere symbols, but coming to the sacred texts in the same manner as one comes to the Living Word can be expected to result in rest.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

There is room enough in the final exposition for diversity of emphasis, but there is no fit for more than one interpretation. The discovery is either of faith or it misses the mark. The interpretation is married to the Living God who was crucified or it is not kingdom-helpful.


Protecting the mysteries