To Gospel or not to Gospel, part two

If you did not read part one of this two part article, you can find it here, http://ptl2010.com/2012/05/01/to-gospel-or-not-to-gospel/

 


 

The teachings of the bible are distorted by so many for personal gain. They are also distorted or just plain not taught at all because these churches are looking to not “offend” anyone. These are people pleasing churches, teachers of what I call the “tickle my ears phony baloney gospel”. This is obviously no gospel at all. What value is there in teaching only what people want to hear? Is the Gospel of Christ about people, or is it about Christ?

The bible is full of teaching, and what is there is there because God wants it there regardless of what man thinks about it. Our opinion of what is in the bible is irrelevant. It is God’s Word, not our word. This would also mean that if it is in the bible, then it follows that we are to teach it!

The Word of God clearly teaches that sex outside of marriage is wrong. The bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is wrong, not that God hates those who are of this persuasion, but that what they are doing is sinful and wrong. The bible teaches that lying and stealing is wrong. These subjects need to be taught in the church! If someone doesn’t want to hear it…that is too bad.

The Word of God also teaches Christ crucified. The Lord of glory, the Creator of the heavens and earth, was crucified and died a gruesome death…to save us. Jesus came here and His own people did not accept Him. Why is this not taught in some churches?

The Word also teaches that if we don’t repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we will go to hell for all eternity. Does this fact upset you? Tough!  Why oh why is this not taught in every single church on the face of this planet???? Put it into perspective; the Lord God almighty said that if you commit one sin, you will spend all of eternity in hell, spiritually dead because you will be separated from Him forever. Wow, that sounds nasty, maybe that should not be taught, we wouldn’t want to upset people, really?

This same God who pronounced this awful (and it is awful) judgment…He came down here in the flesh, and took upon Himself this death penalty that we all should receive. God paid our penalty for us. All we have to do…believe in His Son, and do some things He asks us to do.

If we follow Christ we will suffer. Many churches deny the truth of that because of what they teach, or don’t teach. It’s right in the bible, John 15:18-20 says,

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.

Let me ask you a question, if God Himself in the form of Jesus came here to this earth and suffered tremendously, why would it be any different with us? The Lord of glory suffered at the hands of men, and we will not in any way? It is ludicrous to think so. The Apostle Paul suffered a lot of hardship; he was shipwrecked, stoned, jailed, flogged, beaten, and ultimately killed, because he followed Christ.

The rewards need to be taught as well as the unpleasant things. We may suffer a little, or a lot. In the end however, we will inherit the Kingdom of God. We will live with God, in perfect bodies, forever. Always in the perfect will of the Father, no more sin, no more anything that is bad or unpleasant.

People today don’t want to hear anything that implies there is a cost to following Jesus. People don’t want to have to think and put effort into anything. They would rather be fed some watered down baloney that slides down the palate with ease. That is not the Gospel of Christ, and worse yet, it does not save! It’s all good when things are easy, when Jesus is cool. As soon as there is a cost involved and the going gets a little tough, people are done, gone.

If you don’t want to hear the truth, then get out of the church. If you can’t handle the truth and what that means as applied to your own life, then you are not one of His anyway. The Gospel should offend us on occasion. We should be worried about what we hear sometimes, that is the true Gospel.

Praise God that He cared enough about you to tell it like it is. He came here and paid for every mistake you and I ever made. He lays it all out in the bible and all of it is not pretty. That’s ok, God says no, because He does not want us to hurt ourselves. Isn’t it better to be told the truth, even if it is not what you want to hear?

 

Teach the Word of God…all of the Word of God.

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A prodigal for many years, I eventually found my way back to Jesus through several difficult trials. I write with the hope that I can bless others who have struggled as I have. I seek through Christ to present the truth, and lead others to the cross of Calvary. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other. In 2014 Greg Holt founded The Olive Branch Report, a premier Christian news service. Please visit Greg Holt on the web: Inspirational Christian Blogs, & The Olive Branch Report
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14 Responses to To Gospel or not to Gospel, part two

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  2. granbee says:

    Brother Greg, I believe that true teaching in the church should comfort the uncomfortable and discomfort the comfortable. Therefore, I agree with you wholeheartedly that we need to be told the truth about our sins and then taught about how to come back into a state of alignment with His will, back into a state of Grace!

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  4. mtsweat says:

    Your words remind me much of a small book I shelve as a reminder that the Church is supposed to not only be the hospital for the hurting, but also the watchmen warning (Ezekiel 33). I of course refer to Francis Schaeffer’s ‘How Should We Then Live?” But in your first installment of this series, I was drawn to another’s masterpiece (D. Martin Lloyd Jones, ‘The Plight of Man and the Power of God’). These, many others, and most importantly, the Word of God all point us to the urgency of man’s need for the gospel… the authentic gospel! A diluted and added to gospel is NO gospel! For some reason, we’ve decided a Holy God isn’t really all that Holy. We’ve portrayed Him as a kind of grandmotherly figure who sees no wrong in her grandchildren. “Awww… isn’t Johnny cute. He’s sawing the legs off the kitchen chairs.” No! Sin caused my Lord and Savior to suffer, bleed and die at the hands of an angry God… His Father! How dare me think my sin is cute, or that I can take it lightly, or even His grace for granted.

    Then there’s the call of discipleship. We were created in Christ Jesus for good works. We are not saved to carry on our own agendas living as though the world has figured out the meaning of life, rather than God. Once again, No! We are called to spend and be spent for the Kingdom of God… no matter the cost or sacrifice.

    Great admonitions of encouragement here, Greg! Thank you for speaking truth! Our God knows we need it. God bless, good friend.

    • writinggomer says:

      Thank you Mike for a spot on comment. Complacency has no place with us; the Gospel is what it is, nothing more, and certainly nothing less! We are as you said here to serve Him.

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  6. ptl2010 says:

    Let’s pray for those who attend the churches that do not preach what should be preached, that the Holy Spirit will draw preachers, congregation and followers to Himself and lift the scales from their eyes. Without the Holy Spirit moving in them, they cannot see. If they will not see then they must be accountable.

  7. Amen and AMEN!
    In these days of “political correctness” where it seems the worst crime anyone can commit is to offend someone who believes differently, this is so refreshing! It is beyond time that we Christians stood up and shouted for a return to moral standards and Christian values.

    >> “People today don’t want to hear anything that implies there is a cost to following Jesus”
    A cost? Of course there is a cost, but one that is repaid over and over and over and over again! We cannot outgive God because He uses a bigger shovel.

    The Christian life (discipleship) was clearly explained by Jesus Himself in His words “IF . . . take up his cross”. Everyone hearing Him at that time knew He could only mean one thing. Anyone ‘taking up his cross’ was on his way to execution, with no escape. He was “DEAD”. And so the Christian life is about dying to self – to all self desire, self will, self rule. I am dead, my life is hid with Christ in God and He rules and controls (or that is way it should be). Cost? Yes, but when counted, it is insignificant in light of all the benefits.

    What an amazing God!

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  9. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Many great words of wisdom are included in these truth. Thanks for sharing and may God keep lifting you higher and higher, and allow all truth to manifest themselves in your life and the lives of those he has placed in your pathway. I did read your first article and thought it was spot on. I am going to reblog this tonight because it needs to reach many more people. May His grace and mercy reside in your space and time always.

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