“Besides, beloved, we know from Holy Scripture that this doctrine of the death of Christ is the very core of Christianity. Leave out the Cross and you have killed the religion of Jesus. Atonement by the blood of Jesus is not an arm of Christian truth – it is the heart of it! Even as the Lord said of the animal, ‘The blood is the life thereof’, so is it true of the Gospel – the sacrificial death of Jesus is the vital point of our profession. I know nothing of Christianity without the blood of Christ. No teaching is healthy which throws the Cross into the background.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon, from the sermon The Blood Shed for Many, July 3, 1887.