Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The regression of the modern gospel in pictures

I know that the images above are usually used for another story, but when someone at work emailed them to me, it made me think of the state of the preaching of the gospel in the modern church.

It is amazing how the gospel has been emasculated from the truth of God's wrath on sinners and the resultant death of Christ as a propitiation towards God for sinners to "God has a wonderful plan for your life!" or "You are not as bad as those fundamentalists say you are!" or "It doesn't matter how you live or what you believe, as long as you are sincere!"

When the gospel is truncated here and there to make it easier for people to accept it as in the picture above, the day will come that those that believed they are in Christ will come to the end of their days and discover that the gospel they believed literally falls short of the true gospel of God in Christ. It is only the full gospel that brings salvation. Any other gospel brings damnation!

The gospel in essence is an offence to the world! It goes against everything that the world believes. By making the gospel palatable to the world with the "good" notion of getting them to believe, they will not be saved, but be condemned by the very "palatable" gospel to a life without God!

Benny Hinn teaching
his false doctrine
As Paul writes in Galatians 1:6-10:
"[E]ven if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed."
It is for this reason that we have to remain vigilant against all kinds of false teaching and heresy. We cannot allow false teachers to create a false confidence in people to believe that they are indeed saved. The whole gospel must be preached!

What we are saved by is what we are saved to! If I am "saved" by a false gospel, then I am damned to live by that false gospel. But, if I am saved by the true gospel, it will save me to serve the living God in Christ.

Let us rise and stand for the gospel of Christ.

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