Enemies of the cross

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We’ve taken the cross out of salvation and offered its benefits


Man determining who God saved

The ENEMIES OF THE CROSS are the same as those under false doctrine (referenced below and discussed by Pastor David Wilkerson).   Failure to understand the difference in:

(i) the gospel (you in Christ)–salvation (soul saved) through the blood of Jesus our Savior; and
(ii) the gospel of the Kingdom where Jesus is THE KING (Christ in you), which involves the breath (not the blood) results in BELIEVING A FALSE DOCTRINE because there is much work required of us in the kingdom–deny soul, take up cross, go through sanctification, etc. THERE ARE ONLY TWO KINGDOMS:  KINGDOM OF GOD; AND KINGDOM OF SATAN

Please understand that few understand this mystery of: Christ in you:  

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of gloryColossians 1:27.

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the ENEMIES OF THE CROSS of ChristWhose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Philippians 3:18-19.

Why are they ENEMIES OF THE CROSS  Because they only believe in the cross of Christ and what it has done for them; but they do NOT believe in the cross in their lives.  The focus of teaching and discussions are:  being saved and salvation (involves the soul —a word (soul) involving this age that is outside the realm of eternity). See the proof of this:

I.   “And He said to them all [disciples], If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself [his soul], and take up his cross [stauros] daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life [soul] shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life [soul) for My sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24.

Stauros means:  Exposure to death, that is self-denial [soul denial].

II. See:  What the Cross Must be Doing in Us


III.  See:  Who is the ENEMY OF THE CROSS?   [the following regarding the rich young ruler makes it clear]

The rich young ruler
Mark 10:21
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross [starous], and follow Me.

Stauros means:  Exposure to death, that is self-denial [soul denial].

If we die to our own lusts, agendas, and ambitions, then we will never have a conflict in obeying God.

John Bevere:  “Wow! Did you see that? This man came running to Jesus, knelt down, and fervently asked how to inherit eternal life…What desire! What passion! What enthusiasm! Yet Jesus’ response to this seeker caused him to walk away sad and sorrowful.

Can you imagine Jesus doing this today in our “seeker friendly” church culture?

We’ve taken the Cross out of salvation and offered its benefits. Notice Jesus didn’t say to this upstanding citizen, ‘All you have to do is believe in Me [in Me is the gospel, not the gospel of the Kingdom]; believe that I am the Savior, and you will receive what you seek—eternal life.’ No, He didn’t do what has become so common today because Jesus was well versed in eternal judgment and punishment: ‘His delight is in the fear of the Lord.’ (Isa. 11:3).”


IV.  Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew, Dr. Gary North

A. The Centrality of God’s Kingdom
Jesus made it clear that seeking God’s kingdom is priority number one for the individual. Most people today and in the past have not acknowledged this fact, not even to themselves. They suppress the truth that their own nature and the creation reveal about God (Rom. 1:18–25).

This does not mean that Jesus was wrong about mankind’s top priority. It means only that most men are in rebellion against God. Evangelical Christians too often believe that God’s top priority is the salvation of men. This is a man-centered viewpoint, a kind of baptized humanism for Christians. It makes them think that they are the center of God’s concern. They are not. God is the center of God’s concern.

The universe is theocentric.

If the salvation of men were God’s primary concern, then He is surely suffering a massive program failure, for comparatively few people so far have been saved. The glory of God, which includes hell (Luke 16:23) and the post-final judgment lake of fire (Rev. 20:15), is God’s chief priority. The salvation of men is God’s means of extending His kingdom in history, but the way in which it is built, which includes the eternal destruction of those who oppose His kingdom, is part of God’s decree. As Paul wrote, “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth” (Rom. 9:17–18). The destruction of His enemies glorifies God.

Jesus defined a person’s personal salvation in terms of entering into the kingdom of God. This kingdom is spiritual because men enter it through the Holy Spirit. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). It is also eternal (Rev. 21; 22). It is also historical. As the parable of Lazarus and the rich man indicates, men enter God’s kingdom only in history (Luke 16:19–31).

There is continuity between the historical and eternal aspects of God’s kingdom. This continuity will be revealed for all to see at the Second Coming/general resurrection (I Cor. 15:40–50) and the final judgment which immediately follows: the corporate spiritual inheritance of the saints (I Cor. 15:51–57).

There is also continuity personally: heavenly eternal rewards will be handed out in terms of a person’s earthly productivity in building God’s historical kingdom. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire (I Cor. 3:11–15).

Finding and then building the kingdom of God in history is the central theme of the New Testament, culminating in the fulfillment of the New Heavens and New Earth (Rev. 21; 22). This theme is an extension to the gentile world of a commandment and promise of the Old Testament: the building of God’s city, Zion. This theme is ultimately a recapitulation of the pre-Fall dominion covenant: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing
that moveth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26–28).

Adam, as God’s agent, was assigned this task representatively for all mankind. Through their adoption by God, God’s people are commanded to extend His kingdom. God’s kingdom is not limited to the church or the Christian family. It is all-encompassing. God is the creator. Everything that He created is part of His kingdom. To deny this is necessarily to affirm that Satan, through Adam’s rebellion, possesses a legal claim to part of the creation. He does not have such a legally valid claim. Adam was merely God’s steward, not the original owner. Adam could not forfeit to Satan what he did not own. God’s kingdom is therefore co-extensive with the earth: every realm in which men work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12). Wherever there is sin, there is an area fit for reconquest.

VAnd they that are Christ’s have crucified [are crucifying] the flesh with the affections and lusts.  Galatians 5:24.

VI“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”   1 Peter 4:1-2.

That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

VII.  See: What the Cross Must be Doing in Us



Titus 2:10-15
Not purloining (stealing), but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present age [time outside the realm of eternity]; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that He might REDEEM US FROM ALL INIQUITY [does not say “save us” or refer to salvation], and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.


See:  How does one know that he is under false doctrine?