Tom Harding

C .H. Spurgeon one day passed by a known chapel in England where the Gospel was denied, mocked, and never preached. This sign out front announced the title of the message for that week- "Crucifiction."

Although "crucifixion" and "crucifiction" sound the same when pronounced, there is a vast difference between the two. This religious world of ours has not shifted much in its opinion of what really happened at Calvary. While some may deny the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified at Calvary, nearly all in our day deny what He accomplished. The majority of the preaching that goes on today denies the effectual redemption and accomplished salvation through Jesus Christ's sacrifice and righteousness (Hebrews 2:17). When you preach that His blood was shed for all humanity, but that it really never secured the salvation for anyone, you are preaching "crucifiction."

Thank God that the Scriptures do not teach "crucifiction." The Scriptures plainly teach us the glorious and successful work Jesus Christ accomplished for His people on the cross (Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 9:12). His crucifixion means: sin is atoned (1 John 4:10), justice is satisfied (Galatians 3:13), the law of God is honored (Isaiah 42:21), righteousness is established (Philippians 3:9), salvation is accomplished (John 17:4), His people purchased (Acts 20:28). That is why the apostle Paul was determined to know, rejoice in and preach nothing for salvation, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). This is also why he refused to glory except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14).

Do you believe in "crucifixion" or "crucifiction?" The difference is eternal life in Christ Jesus or the just condemnation in Adam (Romans 5:19). If Christ did not effectually put away sin and accomplish salvation (John 17:4; 19:30), your hope of redemption is fiction and false, not reality and truth (1 John 5:21).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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