What Do You Seek in Religion?

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What Paul recorded in 1 Cor. 1:22-23 is not only a commentary on the religious world in his day, it is also very indicative of the religious world today. The text reads: “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified…” Somewhat paraphrased and adapted to today’s religious culture, we see that…

…some want a sensational gospel. They are always “requesting signs.” They have to be constantly bombarded with perceived “miracles,” religious emotionalism, entertainment, or spectacular presentations. Their religion is self-centered.

…some want a social gospel. They “seek after” the earthly “wisdom” of societal, worldly issues, like recognition of all religious thought, no condemnation of wickedness, acceptance of all lifestyles, etc. Their religion is sensuality-centered.

…some want the simple gospel. They seek after the simple, unadulterated gospel message of Jesus “Christ crucified” and how He saves. They enter worship, and all that they do, with the thought of pleasing Christ and doing His will only. Their religion is Savior-centered, and it is the only one that will save for it comes from “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24).

Which gospel/religious system do you seek?

Edd Sterchi
Campbellsville, KY

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