1co 01v23 We Preach Christ Crucified
"WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED" I Corinthians
This is and must be the constant theme of every gospel preacher. There are many whose sermons have very little, if anything to do with Christ. They call themselves "gospel preachers"; but they are mere moralists. They talk much about morality and good works. They spend much time and effort cutting off the many branches of sin, but never lay the axe to the root of the tree. I fear they do not know what good works are, or how to secure them. Our Lord said, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." The only way to promote that good work is to preach Christ crucified. It is not our business to merely reform the lives, manners, and morals of men. It is our business to point them to Christ. If ever a sinful man is made to see Christ crucified, his life will be reformed.
I say to every man who stands in a pulpit and dares to open his mouth to men in the name of God - EITHER PREACH CHRIST, OR DO NOT PREACH! Do not talk about preaching Christ. Preach Christ. Do not talk about preaching the gospel. Preach the gospel. Paul said necessity was laid upon him, not to preach, but to preach the gospel. "Yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!"
Christ crucified is the message which God owns, and the only message God owns. Christ crucified is the power of God unto salvation. Christ crucified is the object of faith. Christ crucified is the source of the believer's comfort. If you find no comfort in him, you simply do not know him. Christ crucified is the motive of all true Christian service. If you need some other motive, you are not a Christian. Christ crucified gives life to dead sinners. Christ crucified is food for the soul. Christ crucified causes living men to grow in grace. Christ crucified revives, refreshes, and rejoices the hearts of God's elect. Christ crucified is the cure for man's care and the remedy for man's ruin. I am determined not to be moved from this blessed employment. "We preach Christ crucified."