A.W. Tozer Critique of the “New Cross” of Popular Evangelicalism
I ran across this quote from A.W. Tozer in his relatively unknown book, The Pursuit of Man.
But if I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of self-assured and carnal Christianity whose hands are indeed the hands of Abel, but whose voice is the voice of Cain. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter.
Tozer wrote this in 1950: eerily prophetic, alarmingly true.