“For I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Living in a complex, modern world has led our society to have great expectations of religion. No longer satisfied with the pure and simple gospel message, many are looking for God to be spectacular and to perform spectacular things in their lives to emphasize His presence with them.
Rather than listening to what God has said about the matter, some desire a religious experience that makes them “feel” religious rather than feeling religious because they have fulfilled the teaching found in His word.
Paul was not such a one. He says he didn’t come to them as a powerful orator or with a sensational display of human wisdom—he came to them with one message: Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul wanted this message to stir the hearts of men, causing them to realize it was God’s message and not man’s.