What the Crucifixion Meant

The following is from Michael Horton’s preface to the 2009 publication of Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible. It comes after his quotation of Romans 1:18a: “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.”

But in our day, preaching cannot be foolish. It must be “relevant,” which is the word we have drafted into the service of market-driven approaches. However, the message of the cross assumes the terror of the law, divine wrath toward sinners (and not just their sins), and the need for a substitutionary sacrifice to assuage divine justice. It assumes that the greatest problem facing humanity is original and actual sin – personal rebellion against a holy God – not stress, low self-esteem, and a failure to realize one’s full potential. [pg. ix]

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