|2 Corinthians 2:15-16|
15 For we are the sweet aroma of Christ unto God to those who are being saved; and to those who are perishing,
16 To this latter we are the aroma of death to death; to the former the aroma of life to life. And who is qualified for such a task?
|Galatians 5:11 |
11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? And so the offence of the cross2 would have ceased. [The preaching of the necessity of the cross for salvation offends, so much that Paul was persecuted for preaching it. When the early Quakers preached the cross, the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Puritans, imprisoned them, seized their property, and killed them. Christendom denies Jesus' insistence on salvation's prerequisite of bearing the cross to slay their selfish, sinful spirits; and they are greatly offended when told that belief in historical facts about Jesus and being dunked in water is not sufficient for salvation.]