Robert Murray M'Cheyne | Some reasons why men are ashamed of the gospel of Christ  

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Robert Murray M'Cheyne | Some reasons why men are ashamed of the gospel of Christ

Unregenerate men are ashamed of the gospel of Christ because it seems foolish way to them. Look at the 1 Corinthians 1:18: 'For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness ...'; 2:14: 'But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him This is the first great reason why unregenerate men are ashamed of the gospel; it appears so foolish that one man should be accounted righteous for the obedience of another. 'The cross of Christ is to them that perish foolishness', and it will be so to the end of time. Do not think you are different from your fathers; you are just the same. To those of you in this congregation who will perish, the cross of Christ is foolishness. 

Oh, brethren, if the gospel were by works you could understand it. If you could get into heaven by your works, you would say, That is a good gospel, that is good preaching; but righteousness by another, that is foolishness. Or suppose salvation was in this way, by God being lenient to the law, that you could understand; or suppose salvation was by your repentance, tears, etc., then you could know its meaning; but that salvation is by the righteousness of another, that is utter foolishness: 'To them that perish, the preaching of the cross is foolishness.'

Ah, brethren, did you never notice that you are ashamed of hearing of the righteousness of another. Many worldly men would not come in at the door of this church, and why? Just because they would hear of the righteousness of another. Are there not many of you who do not like to hear about the righteousness of Christ, that say, when you hear it, O that is one of his rash expressions? And you are ashamed to go to God in this way; to them that perish, this way is foolishness. And you are ashamed to speak about it; you do not tell your children about the white robe - the white linen, clean and white, which is the righteousness of saints and why? Because you do not like it. 'The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness.'

Then you are ashamed of its teachers. You are told by the evangelist Mark that Christ's audience said to him, 'Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Jesus, and of Jude and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him' (Mark 6:3). And we are told about the apostles, in Acts 4:13, that the chief priest took notice that they were ignorant and unlearned men. And we are told that when Paul went to Corinth, they said his appearance was weak and his speech contemptible (2 Corinthians 10: 10). Now, Christ has not sent angels, neither has he sent infallible men to preach the gospel: 'We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us' (2 Corinthians 4:7). 1 do not know a faithful minister in Scotland that has not some defect either in his appearance, or his speech, or his manner; and will you not say, 'Is not this the carpenter?' 'We have this treasure in earthen vessels.' Will you not say, 'That minister is often angry; that one is rude in his manner'? Ah! you are like flies that fasten on the sore on the horse's back. O foolish men! You stick at the faults, and do not take the blessing.

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