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Invalidating the Cross (6 of 10)
Psalm 2:11-12, 16:9-10, 18:4-6, 22:7-8, 22:24, 88:3, Matthew 18:9, 25:41, 27:42-43, 27:50, 27:52-53, Luke 16:22-26, 23:42-43, 23:46, John 2:19-21, 3:14-15, 19:30, Acts 2:26-32, Romans 8:3, 10:9, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 15:51-58, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 1:21-22, 2:9, 2:13-15, 3:13-14, Hebrews 2:17-18, 1 Peter 3:18-20, 4:5-6, 2 Peter 2:4
This section is divided into two parts. The first part addresses false doctrines and the second part examines scripture and biblical doctrines.
It is a serious offence to demote Christ or to reject Him as He has revealed Himself in scripture. Let's begin by looking at Psalm 2:
11 Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
In spite of this warning, false teachers proudly demote Jesus Christ. This in itself is bad enough, but as we will see, they take it a step farther. They belittle and invalidate the cross as they deny that it is our way of redemption. The Bible has this to say about the cross in 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
The Bible also says that the cross reveals the power of God. In spite of this, Word-Faith teachers declare the cross itself is useless in our salvation. Here are some examples:
"It wasn't physical death that paid our penalty on the cross - it had to be more than that. If it was physical death, any man or prophet who died over the last 4,000 years could have done it."
The thing that redeemed us was not Jesus being nailed to the cross. His spirit and soul went into Hades. He walked into the door of Hades... And they wrapped their grimy hands and the chains of hell itself around Jesus and they confined Jesus into one of the cells in the Hades section of the un ...
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