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.