Friday, October 21, 2011

M'Cheyne: the offence of the Cross

Friday, October 21, 2011
    Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
    —Galatians 5:11 (NIV)
    A natural heart is offended every day at the preaching of the Cross... The preaching of another’s righteousness—that you must have it or perish—many, I have no doubt, are often enraged at this in their hearts. Many, I doubt not, have left this church on account of it, and many more, I doubt not, will follow. All the offence of the Cross is not ceased. But a broken heart cannot be offended. Ministers cannot speak too plainly for a broken heart. A broken heart would sit for ever to hear of the righteousness without works.
    ... Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843), Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Dundee: W. Middleton, 1845, p. 395 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your gospel is for the lost.
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