Cross Is Not Enough, The: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection

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The resurrection is the center of Christianity. Without it, there is no life.

As crucial as it is, the cross of Christ is not the center of Christianity. What effect does forgetting the importance of the resurrection have on our worldview, our discipleship, our ethics, our evangelism, and our Christian practice?

In The Cross Is Not Enough, Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson explore how the resurrection of ...

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Overview

The resurrection is the center of Christianity. Without it, there is no life.

As crucial as it is, the cross of Christ is not the center of Christianity. What effect does forgetting the importance of the resurrection have on our worldview, our discipleship, our ethics, our evangelism, and our Christian practice?

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 every day. They compare Christianity's unique understanding of resurrection to other world religions, explore why the resurrection connects so readily with the human psyche, and trace themes of resurrection through movies, books, music, and other aspects of popular culture.

"Without the resurrection, Jesus' death would scarcely have atoned for anyone. Clifford and Johnson show how the resurrection is the answer to the aspirations of proponents of most of the major world religions and much of the current popularity of 'new spiritualities.' A must-read!"--Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

"Clifford and Johnson argue that the Good News of Christianity is not just the cross--that Jesus died for our sins. The Good News is the cross and the resurrection--Jesus died and he rose from the dead. They make a compelling case, one that influences every aspect of Christian living and thinking."--Terry Muck, dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and evangelism professor of missions and world religions,
Asbury Theological Seminary

"Clifford and Johnson are right to want to explore not only how the resurrection has been understood in the past but also why it can contribute to the care and growth of the whole person. A resurrection-centric worldview is concerned not only with proofs of an empty tomb but also with a distinctly Christian form of holism."--Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney; author of Exiles; coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come and ReJesus

"Clifford and Johnson go beyond evidential studies in order to relate Jesus' resurrection to a holistic, full-orbed approach to Christian theology, mission, and discipleship, as well as the daily life of the believer."--Gary R. Habermas, distinguished research professor, Liberty University and Theological Seminary

Ross Clifford is the principal of Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia. A former lawyer and pastor, he is cofounder with Philip Johnson of the Community of Hope.

Philip Johnson is a visiting lecturer in apologetics and alternative religious movements at Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801014611
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Clifford is the principal of Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia. A former lawyer and pastor, he is cofounder with Philip Johnson of The Community of Hope.

Philip Johnson is a visiting lecturer in apologetics and alternative religious movements at Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations 11

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

Notes 279

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    This author needs to read the book of Galatians (that's in the N

    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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