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In The Cross Is Not Enough, Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson explore how the resurrection of Christ has been understood in...
In The Cross Is Not Enough, Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson explore how the resurrection of Christ has been understood in times past and restore this linchpin doctrine to its rightful place as the basis of our hope, our worldview, and the way we live our lives. They compare Christianity's unique understanding of resurrection to other world religions and explore why the resurrection connects so readily with the human psyche.
Pastors, teachers, students, and anyone involved in ministry will benefit from this insightful and engaging treatment of Christianity's most important doctrine.
List of Figures 13
Prologue: Attention All Readers! 15
Part 1 The Resurrection Grid
1 The Resurrection Is the Lynchpin 19
2 The Resurrection Effect: Yours, Mine, and Ours 41
3 Cynics st-Christendom Seekers, and Resurrection 65
Part 2 Thumbprints of the Resurrection in Culture
4 TheResurrection in Popular and High Culture 91
5 Cultural Expressions of Death-Refusing Hope 111
6 Signs of the Resurrection in General Revelation 127
7 Other Religions, the Undead, and Resurrection 141
8 Understandings of Selfhood and the Resurrection 161
9 Myth, Resurrection, and the Human Psyche 181
10 Church History and Resurrection Thinking 201
Part 3 Back to the Bible
11 The New Testament 225
12 The Hebrew Scriptures 253
Part 4 Resurrection Horizons
13 Resurrection Theses for the Third Millennium 275
Posted August 12, 2012
This author needs to read the book of Galatians (that's in the New Testament), and underline in his bible how the Apostle Paul says, "For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effectt unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace...Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?...a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (Gal. 5:3-7; 9). Without the Cross, there would be NO remission of sins! Also, as is obvious, there would be no Resurrection. Am I belittleing the Resurrection? God forbid! What the bottom line is is there would have been no Resurrection without the Cross of Jesus Christ. Now, what did the Apostle Paul preach? What was the foundation of his message? "We preach Christ crucified" (1 Corinthians 1:23). This IS the foundation of the Gospel, NOT the Resurrection! This book, as well as today's "modern church" is adding "leaven" to the Word of God. That leaven will pollute the entire Gospel message.
I could go on and on how wrong it is, not to mention how 'dangerous' it is to minimalize the Cross of Christ, but only the Holy Spirit can cause you to see and understand this. However, let me leave you with these words; "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another Gospel; Which is NOT another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we. or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that whih we have preached unto you, let him be ACCURSED." (If this is not strong enough...) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be ACCURSED." (Galatians 1:6-9). Notice how that Paul wrote it twice, about being "accursed." Heavy emphasis is placed on that word.
Today's church has made two major mistakes. 1) They have mimalized the Cross (if they preach it at all). Those who do preach it, preach it only in terms of Salvation, and not also as it relates to Sanctification (living a victorious life, in terms of being separated from sin). And 2) Today's church is bringing the congregation back into the Law. The Cross has "Redeemed" us from the Law! "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that handgeth on a tree." (Galatians 3:13). Having accepted Christ, either you live under law or under grace! Not both! "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for it righteouness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." (Gal. 2:21). "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16). Friends, the Apostle Paul did NOT preach 'resurrection' (though he most definitely believed it, as do I). "For Christ sent me not to baptize, (sorry Baptists) but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect." (1 Cor. 1:17). Do not deviate to the left or to the right of the Cross; Stand firm in front and center of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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