Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Story on Torrey

Jesus lifted up is the only atoning Savior in the universe.  He who alone was at the same time God and man, He alone can make atonement for sin; and He has made it, has made a perfect atonement, and God has accepted His atonement and testified to His acceptance of His atonement by raising Him from the dead.  
 The Lord Jesus actually meets our need, He actually meets every man's first, greatest, deepest, most fundamental need, and He alone. In all the universe there is no religion but Christianity that even offers an atoning Savior.  
Muhammadanism offers Muhammad, "The Prophet," a teacher, but not a Savior; Buddhism offers Buddha, supposedly at least a wonderful teacher, "The Light of Asia," but not an atoning Savior; Confucianism offers Confucius, a marvelous teacher far ahead of his time, but not an atoning Savior. No religion but Christianity offers an atoning Savior, an atonement of any real character.  
This is the radical point of difference between Christianity and every other religion in the world, yet some fool preachers are trying to eliminate from Christianity this supreme fact, its very point of radical difference from all other religions. But such an emasculated Christianity will not reach the needs of men and will not draw men. It never has and it never will. 
The Bible and history are at one on this. Jesus Christ offers Himself lifted up on the cross to redeem us from the curse of the law by "becoming a curse for us." "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree'" (Galatians 3:13).  Men know their need; they may  try to forget it, they may try to deny it; they may try to drown their sense of it by drink and indulgence or by wild pleasure-seeking or wild money-getting, or by listening to fake preachers in supposedly orthodox pulpits, like one who in this city declared recently that "the old sense of sin is fast disappearing," and added, "The change is for the better, not for the worse." He spoke also of "imaginary and artificial sins like 'the sin of unbelief,'" and then went on to say, "In this we agree with Christ," apparently not knowing enough about the Bible to know that Jesus Himself was the very one who said in John 16:8-9, "When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me."  But in spite of all our attempts to drown or stupefy or silence our sense of sin, our consciousness of guilt before a Holy God, we all have it, and, it will not disappear.  Nothing gives the guilty conscience abiding peace but the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.  And so Christ lifted up draws all men to Him, and even wicked ministers of Satan, like the preacher I have just referred to, sometimes come to their senses and flee to the real Christ, Christ crucified, as I hope this one may. 
Yes, Jesus, Jesus only, Jesus lifted up on the cross, Jesus crucified for our sins, making full atonement for our sins, He and He alone meets the deepest need of us all, and so His cross draws us all men to Himself.  Happy the man or the woman who yields to that drawing. Woe be to the man or woman who resists that drawing; final gloom, despondency, and despair are their lot. Oh, how many men and women who have gotten their eyes opened to see the facts, to see their awful guilt, and who have been plunged into deepest consequent despair, have come to me, and I have pointed them to Jesus on the cross, and have shown them by God's Word all their sins laid upon Him and thus settled, and they have come to Him, and believed God's testimony about Him, that He had borne all their sins in His own body on the cross, and they have found perfect peace and boundless joy.  And that is the only way to find perfect peace and boundless joy.
From The Best of R.A. Torrey 
Keep in mind R.A. Torrey wrote this in the early 1900's. Does this not sound like what we see being perpetrated today? Within the walls of buildings that are no more a True Church than a pig stall, are filth and slop being spilled upon the eyes and ears of the deceived.
 I encourage you, please open the Bible and read the Word of God for yourself.

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