June 2000

Volume 1, Issue 6

The Two Mysteries by Rev. Bill Randles

Inside this issue:

These are interesting times. If someone would have told me 20 years ago that the end of the millennium would be a time of extreme and diverse desire for religion, I wouldn't have believed it. At that time, the main concern for Christians was the problem of an ever increasing worldliness, which looked down on religious devotion as "outdated superstition." "Secular humanism" was the big issue for us Christians. But now look around you. Are we not living in the most religious time in recent history? Spirituality has made a comeback and it seems to be back with a vengeance! In our time, all religious opinions are treated as equally valid in the name of tolerance. Eastern religion, Zen Buddhism and even the Kabbalah El Ramadan, are being treated

with respect by today's media and by sports figures and celebrities. Even within the Church of Jesus Christ, there seems to be a new interest in "old time religion." The overnight large growth of movements such as Promise Keepers, March for Jesus, the Toronto Blessing, Willow Creek Church and others would seem to indicate (as many Christian leaders claim) that we are in the "great last days revival," and that these are the greatest moves of God since the days of the apostles! Far from being against God and wanting more and more riches, America seems to be more spiritual and God conscious then ever. This recent flood of spirituality requires all of us to make choices, to discern. In some ways, the choices for believers are obvious:

Christianity or mysticism, Eastern religion or paganism. At other times, they can be quite difficult, for example, is Roman Catholicism Christian? Should we have the Pensacola "anointing" in our church? Should we be part of the "city wide church?" Am I to pursue racial harmony as a Christian? These are just some of the serious issues coming across through Christian media and

The Old Cross And The New by A.W. Tozer, 1946

NOTE: This article first appeared in The Alliance Witness in 1946. It has been printed in virtually every English-speaking country in the world and has been put into tract form by various publishers, including Christian Publications, Inc. It still appears
now and then in the religious press.

ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modem times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences,

fundamental.

From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical techniques, new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before.

The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam's proud flesh it meant the end of the

journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The accent is still on enjoyment,

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