Evangelist Dan Souza - Altar Call Ministry
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
Are we looking at the same cross? The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. God offers life, but not an improved old life! The life he offers is life out of death.
That this world is a playground rather than a battleground has now been accepted in practice by the vast majority of fundamentalist Christians. They are facing both ways, enjoying Christ and the world too. The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect.
Christ calls men to carry a cross; we call them to have fun in His name. . .
We want to be saved but we insist Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of Man's soul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar; but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility.
The man who is crucified is facing only one direction. . . He cannot look back. The crucified man on the cross is looking only one direction and that is the direction of God, and Christ and the Holy Ghost. . . The man on the cross . . has no further plans of his own. . . Somebody else made his plans for him, and when they nailed him up there all his plans disappeared. . . When you go out to die on the cross you bid good-bye - you are not going back!
from A.W. Tozer