The Cross is at the heart of the Christian faith and thus at the heart of the Christian life.  Death to self, obedience to the Lordship of Christ.  These are the very essence of the Gospel from which flow all righteous acts.  What Martin is advising is nothing more than a philosophy of humanitarianism, which is NOT the Gospel.  It is in fact a false gospel.  A substitute gospel of human merit.  Nothing more.  Yet it ‘sounds’ right, but it is not right.  It is Christianity devoid of the Cross and that is no Christianity worth knowing.