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by Berit Kjos   
September 1st, 2007

An Invitation to Cross-Less Christianity

How to give assurance of “salvation” without conversion:

  1. Focus on the “decision”, not conversion. Then they’ll remember their own “wise” choice, not Christ’s work on the cross.
  2. Skim over the gospel and push the prayer. The actual gospel is simply too offensive.
  3. Please your listeners with positive assurances; don’t confuse them with the whole truth. Tell them what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
  4. Emphasize God’s goodness, not His justice or holiness. Talk about His love, not His legal requirement that demands sacrifice for sin. Let them think they are headed for heaven no matter what!
  5. Describe Jesus as Saviour, not Lord of our lives. Promise His blessing but, by all means, ignore His warning about “counting the cost”!
  6. Don’t mention sin, guilt, hell or wrath. No need to offend them with the whole dreadful reason why they need the Saviour.
  7. Whatever you do, never mention Judgment Day. Too distasteful! You could lose both friends and financial supporters.
  8. Add some humour or rousing music. Lighten things up. Don’t sound too sober or serious.
  9. Don’t mention repentance until they’ve repeated a “sinner’s prayer”. Then your project won’t be aborted by sudden doubts or reservations.
  10. After they pray “the prayer”, celebrate “their” achievement, not God’s grace. Be sure to praise the deceived sinner, not the God they don’t know that they don’t yet know.

Around the world, compromising church leaders are linking hands with todays fast rising world system. Standing together, they claim to be “tolerant” but show rising intolerance for the cross of Christ and His gospel.

It’s not surprising! Grounded in uncompromising Biblical absolutes, His Word of hope is incompatible with the world’s quest for consensus and “common ground”. It doesn’t fit the UN vision of social solidarity or a global spirituality. No wonder, since “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 John 5:19

Even Hitler tolerated what he called “positive Christianity” – a government-controlled “church” movement that banned the cross and conformed to Nazi ideals. But genuine Christianity was incompatible with Nazi loyalties. As in the Soviet Union, Christian resisters risked torture and death at the hands of raging tormentors.

The post-Christian west is leading the march toward a New World Order – a global system that can only accommodate a counterfeit cross-less “Christianity”. Christians who choose to follow the narrow road of the cross (faith, obedience and separation “unto” the Shepherd) face mounting hostility. But those who delight in His presence and the hope of eternity can delight in His promise.

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