Christianity 201

August 13, 2016

The Cross as Christianity’s Icon

Yesterday, we discovered an apologetics site we weren’t aware of… and we’re always interested in apologetics. After reading several posts, we decided to use this one to feature Answering Skeptics, but as always, you’re encouraged to click the link below and read this at source. The author goes by the user name, Saint of Christ. This certainly will make you think.

cross at Grace ChurchThe Cross Does NOT Represent Christianity

22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: 23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is ACCURSED of God) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. – Deuteronomy 21:22-23

When you ask people, what does the cross represents? Immediately they’ll tell you, Christianity. But the truth is; the cross represents curse, not Christianity. Blessing, not curse, represents Christianity (Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 3:9).

When Jesus was crucified, He wasn’t crucified for Christians because Christians are those who are born of God, without past (2 Corinthians 5:17); born of His sinless Word (1 Peter 1:23; John 1:12-13; 1 John 3:9); He was crucified for the world sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).

Christianity was born at His resurrection, not His crucifixion. He was crucified for all sinners to pay the price for their sins. So it is wrong to suggest that the cross represents Christianity. It represents the world of sin (curse). Without the resurrection, Christianity wouldn’t exist.

Our theme verse says that he who is hanged on a tree is accursed of God. In other words, the tree [i.e. Cross] represents curse; it’s a symbol of curse. Indeed, everyone, except Jesus, who was crucified, was criminal. Jesus, who was willing to be our sin sacrifice, became curse for us. He was accursed of God on that Cross; that’s why the Holy Spirit left Him (Matthew 27:46). Paul reaffirmed this when he said, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree(Galatians 3:13). Jesus became sin itself on that cross, For he hath made him TO BE SIN for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.(2 Corinthians 5:21). As Christians, we are not worshiping or serving the Jesus who was hanged on the cross; but the risen Christ.

So what represents Christianity? You may want to ask. The answer is, you. You are the epistle of Christ if you’re born again (2 Corinthians 3:2-3). You are the symbol of Christianity. That’s why He calls you the light of the world just like He is (Matthew 5:14, 16; Philippians 2:15).

The Church needs to grasp this truth and repent. Acts 17:30 says, And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent”. Some even use the cross sign to pray in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; even though, nowhere does the Bible ever suggest that we should pray this way. Jesus said, “to baptize”; not to pray, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). He told us to pray “to” the Father, “in” His name (John 15:16; 16:26-27); “through” the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26; 15:16).

Just because this has been practiced for ages doesn’t make it right. So repent. Proverbs 9:9 says, Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. So be wise.


At the same blog: Who Made Paul an Apostle? Some people would argue that Paul was self-appointed. This article shows otherwise.

Interestingly enough, there’s also a lengthy article attributed to Kenneth Hagin (a prosperity preacher, I presume) which refutes the idea that Jesus was poor. I have to admit that knowing the writer’s identity and intention somewhat biased my reading of this, but there is no disputing some of the evidence presented.

3 Comments »

  1. Hi there, I’m the author of the blog. I see you seem to disagree with my articles, yet there’s no refutation available wharsoever. Why?
    As to why I use the username, Saint of Christ; please click the link below and please refute it instead of just posting your disagreement.
    Being saints: https://thetruthlover.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/saints-in-the-earth/

    Comment by saintofchrist — August 15, 2016 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

    • Christianity 201 features articles, blogs, websites and authors from across a wide spectrum of Christianity, but I certainly don’t post articles I disagree with. Not sure where you got that. We’re here to celebrate and encouragement all of the good writing available online.

      I think the problem with the internet is that we’re all pre-programmed for conflict. Our site is very much for the writers we feature. Many readers drift over to those sites and become regulars or subscribers. Only twice in 2,300 posts have we issued a disclaimer that the balance of the writer’s material may be contrary to the theology of most readers.

      We try to credit each piece to an author, even when a user name is used. If we can’t find one, we want to show that we tried. Several writers featured here over the past seven years have worked under pseudonyms or simply remain anonymous. Sometimes, as in the case of one of my personal friends, there are good reasons for this.

      That I linked to two other posts on your blog is actually high praise. We don’t usually do that.

      The second of those links is interesting. Most people reading here would be surprised to see a prosperity preacher’s writing on an apologetics site. It’s like they’re coming from two different worlds. But I read the piece and thought it was worthy of consideration. And further examining the topics covered in the left-hand margin, I can see that you are clearly writing from a Pentecostal/Charismatic perspective which makes the Hagin inclusion make sense. I may have mis-represented you as majoring in apologetics.

      Be encouraged!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — August 16, 2016 @ 9:03 am | Reply


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