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Christ's Cross Considered Crass.

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And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou shalt hang him on a tree:
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) ...
(Deut. 21:22-23)

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:
(Galatians 3:13)

Satan has good reason to hate Christ's Cross, for upon it Christ redeemed us from his grip. Christ paid the price for our sin and claimed the souls of those of us who have received Him as Saviour.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, hold the Cross of Christ in very low regard. Speaking of wearing the symbol of the cross an LDS Prophet said:

"To many ...such a custom is repugnant and contrary to the true worship of our Redeemer. Why should we bow down before a cross or use it as a symbol? Because our Savior died on the cross, the wearing of crosses is to most Latter-day Saints in very poor taste and inconsistent to our worship.

Of all the ways ever invented for taking life and the execution of individuals, among the most cruel is likely the cross. This was a favorite method among the Romans who excelled in torture. We may be definitely sure that if our Lord had been killed with a dagger or with a sword, it would have been very strange indeed if religious people of this day would have graced such a weapon by wearing it and adoring it because it was by such a means that our Lord was put to death."
Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol. 4, pp. 17-18.

The view of the LDS Church regarding the Cross highlights their total lack of biblical understanding.

From Curse to Blessing

The death of our Lord on the cross accomplished our redemption from the curse of the law. All of us have committed sin (Romans 3:23) and therefore deserve death, but Jesus died for us, taking our curse upon Himself.

I find it incredible that anyone should try to degrade the Lord's sacrifice - but they do.

Look again at the quotation by Prophet Smith and notice how he twists the truth. At the beginning of the second paragraph, he says:

"Of all the ways ever invented for taking life ..."

The life of the Lord Jesus was not taken - it was given! Jesus said:

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.... (John 10:18)

And why did Christ voluntarily lay down His life?

And, having made peace through the blood of his reconcile all things unto himself.
And you that were...enemies...yet now hath he reconciled.
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. (Colossians 1: 20; 21; 22)

Did you understand that? Christ chose to die on the cross so that you may be presented to Him; holy, unblameable and unreproveable.

How is that possible? Because He took your sin (all of it) and nailed it to His Cross:

And you, being dead in your sins...hath he quickened [brought to life] having forgiven you all trespasses [sins]; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, ...and nailing it to his cross. (Col. 2:14)

It's as though the Lord had a hand written list of our sins, any one of which would condemn us, but rather than hold them against us He nailed that list to His Cross. Blotting them out with His Blood.

Of course, He only does that for those who belong to him, those who have asked Him into their lives as their saviour.

If you have not yet done so you remain His enemy, there is no in-between:

He that is not with me is against me; (Matt. 12:30)

Why not accept Him as your Saviour right now? You have absolutly nothing to lose and everything to gain.

From death to Life.

The Lord, in His infinite mercy, took the symbol of death and turned it into the symbol of eternal life, thereby defeating Satan - and the Apostle Paul gloried in it - unlike the LDS who, it would appear, choose to side with Satan! Paul said:

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, ...(Galatians 6:14)

Jim Cowen
Good Tidings Ministry.