12/22/2012 – Christmas—the tree, the cost, and the cross – Shane Idleman

December 22nd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 12/22/2012 – Christmas—the tree, the cost, and the cross – Shane Idleman)

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

There is a significant shift in the church today to avoid controversial truths, such as sin. God’s Word says to confront, confess, and turn from sin, whereas many encourage us to ignore, overlook, and continue in it. Silence about sin minimizes the cross, making it less offensive. The cross only makes sense in light of the consequences of sin. “To convince the world of the truth of Christianity, it must first be convinced of sin. It is only sin that renders Christ intelligible” (Andrew Murray)…
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