And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in,
Golgotha, (John 19:17) 18 where theyHim, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:
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20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
Recently I had encounters with two separate people–one local female who goes door to door, accompanied by students, teaching christian scriptures and one male “christian pastor,” located clear across the country, who, like me, makes blog entries unto a site we both visit.
Both of these people, the teacher and pastor, hold the same view–that the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified is considered idolatry. The female teacher was overheard, by me, to emphatically state “I see so many homes that I visit, with people having crosses on their walls and it’s idolatry!”
I held my peace because I, too, was a visitor but not attending the teaching as I was in the next room, however, within hearing distance, reading a magazine. I bit my lower lip, clamped my jaw shut, and held my peace.
This kind of teaching is very hard to hear since it totally contradicts the cross and it’s purpose and to declare that it’s idolatry, well…
A few days later, I ran into the “christian pastor.” I merely mentioned that I had encountered the teaching that the cross is considered idolatry. Lo and behold, this “christian pastor,” agreed with the female teacher and supported the idea that yes, the cross is considered idolatry! Holding my breath, I asked him how is the cross idolatry?
I wish I had saved his response because I would quote it now but he has since removed the entire conversation from the comments section where we were talking. I can paraphrase to say that “the cross takes the attention from God and anything like that ‘grieves’ Him.”
Yes, I was stunned. I responded that I am guilty of believing in the cross, believing in Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit. I wear crosses; they are symbolic to my faith. I use them to inspire people to ask questions about my christian faith. My crosses do not have Christ hanging from it since He is no longer there but is alive and well.
I may state that no where does the bible state that the cross is considered idolatry, per se.
The Cross is:
the fulfillment of prophecy:
- 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” (John 19:28)
- 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
- 31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” (John 19:30-36)
- For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. 1 Cor 1:17
- And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. Gal 5:11
glory only in the cross/boastful:
- But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Gal 6:14
reconciliation to God:
- and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Eph 2:16
- And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8
enemies of the cross:
- For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Philippians 3:18
peace through the blood of His cross:
- and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:20
handwriting of requirements:
- having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out-of-the-way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:14
enduring the Cross:
- looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2
I note that the word “cross” means to cut across, cut through, cross over from one area to another area; in this case, Jesus crossed over from death unto eternal life.
Oftentimes, when I think of Jesus Christ I think of the Cross; when I think of the Cross, I think of Jesus Christ–they are synonymous with each other; tied intrinsically into history and the future.
- The LORD your Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them (Deut 31:3)
I urgently caution everyone to beware of biblical teachings, know the scriptures read them daily, seek the Lord for their true meanings, do research by checking your sources; read the dictionary for meanings, check the Jewish Encyclopedia and Strong’s Concordance.