Jesus and the New Evangelists

“Jesus didn’t say, as do some modern evangelists, ‘God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.’  Nor did he say, ‘I accept you as you are, so you can now happily do whatever comes naturally.’  He said, ‘If you want to become my followers, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me’ (Mark 8.34).  He spoke of losing one’s life in order to gain it, as opposed to clinging to it and so losing it.”

~ N.T. Wright from After You Believe

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