“Foolishness” comes from the Greek word moria from which we get our word “moron.”
To the secular world the gospel is moronic, silly or absurd. Modern man is a rationalist.
He refuses to try to comprehend the spiritual.
“Stumbling block” comes from skandalon, “a scandal or offense.” The cross is an
ABC’s 20/20 did a broadcast concerning a 12-year-old Jewish boy from the Dallas area
who attended a Baptist church’s youth event where he claimed to have been saved. His
mother was livid, saying the church tried to take away her son’s religion.
The reporter also interviewed Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of Reform Judaism Union of
American Hebrew Congregations. He said, “Our view is that there are many paths to
God.” He called the Baptists’ determination to evangelize Jews “outrageous and an
insult to the Jewish people.”
Later in the broadcast, Barbara Walters interjected, “There are other mainstream
churches that have stopped trying to convert people, especially Jews.”
The reporter, Peggy Wehmeyer responded, “The… Baptists… take the Bible very
literally. So, when they see the NT say that Jesus is the only way to heaven, they
Yes! This is exactly what we believe! Be encouraged today!
But we preach Christ crucified unto the Jews a stumbling block and unto the Greeks [Gentiles] foolishness.
I Corinthians 1:23