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COME DOWN AND WE WILL BELIEVE YOU!... He saved others; himself, he cannot save. If he is the King of Israel, *let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. Matt 27:42.

If there is one thing in Christendom many disdain and neglect, it is the cross; the gospel of the cross and the way of the cross is one missing truth in the church today because it's bitter and painful. Also, many other religions have nothing wrong with believing all we tell them about the God of Christians and our beliefs, but where they have a problem with us is when it comes to the subject of the cross and its essence (the death and resurrection of Jesus for the salvation of the whole world). They don't believe that. This cross is what men reproach most, yet it is the only gateway to eternal glory...

Anyone who upholds the cross and carries it is on a height of glory; that's why to drop it, one will need to come down. So, if you are a carrier of the cross or a preacher of the cross, what you'll be hearing from men is let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him. The voice of men says, "you can't hold this cross and become popular; men will not believe you if you are always talking about holiness, about purity, about death to self, about the sacrifice of your life on the altar, about eternity... Men will not believe you."

So, to have more followers on social media, you are tempted to come down from the cross (dilute the truth of God's word), also to get more people to like you and become friends with you, and for more people to accept you and believe in you, you might be tempted to come down from the cross. Friends, those who carry the cross are on a height in God and with God; hence, leaving the cross will mean going down, going below God's standards, going down in God's sight and approval.

What do you profit when men believe you and don't believe God? what do you profit when you have thousands of followers and several praise singers, but none is following God, and none is singing His praise? Reject the offer of men, which is: drop the cross, and we'll follow you. Beloved, the cross is the power of God. The way of the cross is the only way men can be truly saved, and the carrying of the cross daily is the only way we can truly follow Jesus and be like Him. (1 Corin 1:18, Luke 9:23). We can't raise true Christians or find true believers outside of the cross.

Don't be deceived by preachers who only want more popularity and crowd, so they drop the preaching of the cross and preach only prosperity or how to live and enjoy this life well. Anyone telling you not to hold on to the cross is Satan. Peter made this mistake. (Matt 16:23). Oh! Preacher, be encouraged when you don't have many people believing in you or your gospel because you uphold the cross, worry not that you're not popular before men, but rejoice, for you're popular before the eternal spirits in heaven and in hell and that after the cross will come true Glory.

The cross, the way of death to your pleasure and sinful desires, the way of holiness and righteousness, the way of contentment and truth, is the only true way to life. Friends, don't come down from the cross or drop the cross for men's approval. Hold on! Pray for His Grace!!!

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