The preaching of the cross of Christ
Is foolishness to those
Whom God ordained to perish,
But unto those He chose
It is the pow’r of God the Lord!
He turns to foolishness
The wisdom of this world;
But godliness He’ll bless.

Because the “foolishness” of God
Is wiser far than men;
And had He any weakness
‘Twould be stronger far than men.
For God has chosen foolish things
The wicked to confound;
And things the world considers weak
Will to His praise abound.

Reaction to the gospel preached
Has always been two-fold:
The carnal man uncovers dross,
The righteous man, pure gold.
Man never merits glory—
Of grace is his reward;
And whosoever glories
Must glory in the Lord.