The Talking Donkey
Why I preach the Cross
Sticks and Stones
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Pro. 18:21
We have all heard the old nursey rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” We may have even tried to live by this as a means to ward off the insults of the haters but the truth of the matter is, words do hurt and not only do they hurt they can kill. Sadly, within the modern Church of today we see this on a daily basis. The Church today is bombarded with a plethora of self-proclaimed ministers standing behind pulpits throughout the world declaring words that kill. People today are gathering together unknowingly in mass to be led to the slaughter through the cemeteries that we call churches. The simple fact is, if what is being proclaimed is not Christ and His Finished Work to meet not only man’s need of Salvation but as well his day to day living, his Sanctification, then what is being proclaimed is death. It is true that we need to be as positive in our daily living as possible, as well we should, and of course we should be kind to one another, but I truly believe the greater emphasis of this scripture is our profession of Christ and His Finished Work on Calvary.
There are many that will look to the scripture above and take that to mean, within themselves, they have the power simply by the words they speak, to change or create a new reality, thus surrendering to the heresy of believing they are “little gods”, with the power to speak whatever they wish into existence. But what this scripture is saying, and in context, is that we have the power of death and life by what we proclaim. (1Cor. 1:18). If we withdraw from the Message of the Cross as man’s all sufficiency, and instead, lift up man as his own, “I am”, even as good as it may feel to one’s humanity, we are not preaching life but death. The dangers of ear-tickling is that it kills. The Smile Gospel kills, Word of Faith kills, Hebraic roots movement kills, hyper Grace kills, humanistic phycology kills, emotionalism kills, and so on. Thus we have the countless warnings of the Apostles throughout scripture against the Judaizers and Gnostics who were killing the very elect, even regardless of their good intentions, through their false messages of higher knowledge and trying to add Law to Grace and so on. Life comes through the tongue of one that is determined to know nothing save Christ and Him Crucified; therefore, when we grab ahold of this Truth, we then begin to eat the fruits thereof: Joy Unspeakable and full of Glory, the Abundant Life, the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: Gal. 5:22), Victory, Liberty, and Freedom to live for God, all based on ones’ faith that is determined and anchored to the Cross.
[Jhn 6:63 KJV] 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” John 11:25-27
Beware of those lifting up man, the teachings of his doctrines, commandants, ceremony and traditions, for they led to death, the separation of man and his Creator, for that is what death is in the spiritual sense. The church today has abandoned God’s Way of the Cross and instead opted for humanistic phycology as man’s answer for man’s problem, but simply they are only adding insult to injury, creating “poison in the pottage”. Jesus is the only resurrection and life and those proclaiming anything else are proclaiming another Gospel which is not another, a Gospel of death. Yes, words do hurt and that hurt can last an eternity.
“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Cor. 11:4
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:20
This scripture says it all. There is no life outside of faith in Christ and His Finished Word. There is no life until the old man is first crucified, buried and raised to newness of life, (Rom. 6:3-5) "In Christ". There is no life unless the One, Who is life, is abiding in you by simple faith in Who He, Christ, is and What He accomplished for those who believe at Calvary.
[Jhn 5:24-26 KJV] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
God Bless, Bro. Scott.
A Narrow-minded, Cross-eye, Determined,
Contender for the Faith of Christ and Him Crucified.