The “Yea and Nay” Gospel – Conformity To The World
The direct tendency of a “yea and nay” gospel is to produce a worldly profession of Christianity.
Every attempt to render the gospel more acceptable to men, by softening down any of its offensive doctrines, is in itself an act of conformity to the world in the very worst form.
The command of God is, “let them return unto thee; but return not unto them.” (Jeremiah 15:19)
The offence of the cross never can cease in this world, but by a corruption of the doctrines thereof; and wherever such corruption exists, conformity to the world in other respects will proportionately prevail. “True Christianity is,” as an acute writer has observed, “an insult on the taste of the public; yea, the most respectable part of the public, and that in the most important matters.” This, it is evident, must always be the case, so long as that which is “highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
While an assembly of Christ is keeping the word of his patience, and faithfully holding forth the doctrines of the cross, it will meet with sufficient reproach from the world to illustrate those consolatory words, “If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)
– William Rushton