March 2015, Vol. 34, No. 3

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The Offensiveness of the Gospel

posted on February 10, 2018

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For millennia the gospel of a crucified savior has offended people, and it continues to do so to this very day.

Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was the actual Messiah of the Jewish people.

Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was the prophesied and most authoritative prophet of God.

Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior offered himself for the sins of all of humanity.

Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was offered for any supposed sin of humanity.

Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was a part of God’s plan to redeem mankind to himself.

Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior is offensive.

Fact of the matter is, this crucified savior knew that he was an offense (Matthew 13:57), and so did his preachers (1 Corinthians 1:18-31), but the real shame comes from a “church” that is offended by the offense as much as the world.

Eugene Adkins
Keltonburg church of Christ
Smithville, TN

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