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    This man finally seen the great error of the church of this nation:


    DOING AWAY WITH the CROSS

    by Vern Kuenzi


    The Lord has spoken three times over the last six years about

    the absence of the cross in the current vision and affairs of the

    church. These are among the strongest and clearest words the

    Lord has ever spoken to me. At the time of each of these

    speakings, the Lord put me into a desolate place so that I would

    get the point and there would be no confusion that He was

    speaking and about what He was saying.


    The first time was in late 1996, at a major men's evangelistic

    meeting here in Honolulu. At that meeting were the best of

    speakers, the best of musicians, an upbeat evangelistic message,

    and an altar call to accept Jesus as Savior. I tried to fit in with

    the flow of the meeting and went down onto the arena floor to

    hopefully distribute my quota of pledge cards, but I was ineffective

    and became very grieved in spirit and walked back up to my seat

    and sat slumped there until the meeting was over. I thought the

    problem was with me. I didn't even want to attend the next day's

    meeting, and as I lay in bed the next morning stripped of all

    enthusiasm, I was very surprised when the Lord clearly spoke

    through David Wilkerson's latest newsletter and said, "They have

    done away with the cross."
    Obviously the very best that we can

    come up with in terms of evangelistic efforts amounts to nothing

    if we do away with cross.
    It might look good and sound good but

    still be wood, hay, and stubble. The cross is the wisdom and

    power of God, and without it the captives remain bound.



    About two years ago, I attended a charismatic home meeting

    near my house here in Pearl City. A known minister was invited

    and signs and wonders and prophetic utterances seemed to flow.

    Saints were slain in the Spirit and some claimed healings. The

    next morning when I woke up it was as if the Lord had pulled a

    plug and drained every bit of spiritual life from me. All I could

    think of was, "I'm not gonna make it." I have never been so empty

    in my life. But there was a small "Free Grace Broadcaster"

    pamphlet beside me on the bed which I picked up and began to

    read. The article that presented itself was titled, "The Glory of

    the Cross." And as I began to read that short article, I could feel

    the life flowing back into me. The Lord spoke clearly through that

    article by saying, "God forbid that you should glory in anything

    but in the cross of Jesus Christ."
    Apparently I had been glorying

    in many things that night other than in the cross.


    Most recently... I was reviewing several books written by popular

    authors who embrace and oversee a current apostolic/prophetic

    movement. The common vision of those authors is that the church

    is called to overhaul the political, economic, financial, and

    educational systems of this nation before Jesus returns. I felt so

    out of step with this vision that I became unsettled for several

    days and wondered again what was wrong with me. I tried to buy

    one of the books at the Christian bookstore where I was browsing

    it, but the cash register was malfunctioning and I went home

    without the book feeling a check in my spirit. The next day I went

    back to the bookstore and I picked up that book again and began

    to reread portions of it. I asked the Lord to show me where I was

    in error, and I also asked Him to keep me from being deceived.

    Suddenly the Lord seemed to say, "Where is the centrality of the

    cross in this vision?"



    Three times the Lord has spoken severely about things that seemed

    like "good" things, and in all three cases, the problem that He

    identified was the absence of the cross.


    When we look at the end of this age as described in the Bible,

    we see a much different picture than the overhaul of the political,

    judicial, financial, and educational systems. We see a remnant

    of saints who are turned over to satan for 3-1/2 years and are

    crushed and broken even as their Lord was. We see a remnant

    of saints who overcome satan by the blood of the Lamb, the word

    of their testimony, and by loving not their lives unto death.
    The

    book of Daniel concludes by saying the end of the age will come

    when the power of the holy people has been shattered.
    We see

    a snapshot of this in the lives of the two witnesses of Revelation 11.


    Together the books of Daniel and Revelation establish the true

    vision for the church at the end of this age, and that vision is not

    victory in a worldly sense, but victory through demonstration of

    the wisdom and power of the cross. The true remnant church is

    destined to follow Jesus and walk the path of the suffering

    servant. God's eternal purpose is to involve His saints in the

    defeat of the devil, and that defeat will be accomplished only as

    the church walks in demonstration of the wisdom and power of

    the cross. When Jesus hung shattered on the cross, it must

    have looked like anything but victory. When the remnant church

    of Jesus Christ lies shattered at the end of this age, it will again

    look like anything but victory. BUT IT WILL BE VICTORY,

    ULTIMATE VICTORY !



    The great dividing issue at the end of this age will be the issue

    of the cross of Jesus Christ. Those who embrace it as the Holy

    Spirit leads them will overcome. Those who do not, and rely on

    the understanding and abilities of natural man, will fall away...




    NOTE: This is why the Name of this site is: Jesus Christ Crucified.

    Paul wrote that he wanted to preach NOTHING BUT JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.
    Last edited by Lou Newton; August 24, 2017, 10:15 AM.

  • #2
    True. This is not only wisdom for the end of the age. It's wisdom for the saints every hour. Our first love is Christ and what He did for us through the cross. Because He loved us first, we are able to love Him in return. This is the first love for all new believers, and why preaching must be cross-centered; and theology, worship, eschatology... All our heart, soul, might. All else is vanity, futility. I'm seeing this more clearly as the days go by. Thanks for posting this, Lou.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Baruch View Post
      True. This is not only wisdom for the end of the age. It's wisdom for the saints every hour. Our first love is Christ and what He did for us through the cross. Because He loved us first, we are able to love Him in return. This is the first love for all new believers, and why preaching must be cross-centered; and theology, worship, eschatology... All our heart, soul, might. All else is vanity, futility. I'm seeing this more clearly as the days go by. Thanks for posting this, Lou.
      Amen Barry. Thank you for your comment.

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