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I continue to be astounded at what people today are “preaching” as the gospel/good news.

People say:

  • “God has a wonderful plan for your life.”
  • “Come to Jesus and He’ll fill that hole in your life.”
  • “Ask Jesus in your heart and you’ll know total happiness.”

Folks, these statements sound real nice and we might use them to woo people to Christ, but please…please…let’s be honest with people. Coming to Christ WILL mean persecution and it WILL mean sacrifice. Jesus did not come to make us HAPPY, He came to make us HOLY.

Now think about it…

  • Why do 9 out of 10 children raised in Christian homes leave the Church?
  • Why do so many professing Christians show so little evidence for their faith?
  • Why are so many falling away?

I’ll tell you why. When the rubber hits the road and hard times come to the “Christian,” since they’ve been told life will be a bed of roses after coming to Christ…then they get disillusioned and walk away. They felt they were sold a…

They feel they’ve been misled and misinformed. Well…they would be right in feeling this way! We haven’t told them the truth.

You see, in our churches today we’ve become very quick to try to win people to Christ with a message of cheap grace, God’s love and His all-encompassing mercy. Yet, we are slow to describe the implications of sin. We never speak of God’s holiness, judgment or wrath. We feel we must give a “softer and gentler” gospel, otherwise they won’t come.

So how’s this working out? What’s happening? We are producing un-regenerated people. We are producing people who have never met the Savior. They have been drawn to Christ with a message of “it’s okay to be you…come as you are…stay as you are…everything is going to be okay now…” All we have done is prettied up a person who is dead and decaying from sin. We’ve fixed up the outside, but done nothing with the inside.

I’m reading a book by Ray Comfort titled, “God Has a Wonderful Plan For Your Life-The Myth of the Modern Message.”

It’s excellent. In the book he describes what he calls “The Happiness Dilemma.”

People are not given the message of sin, righteousness, and judgment with the command to repent and flee from the wrath to come. Instead, they are told that Jesus is the answer to their alcohol, drug, marriage, personal, or financial problems, and that He is the one who can fill the God-shaped hole in their lives. Many, therefore, come only to have their problems solved. However, if they do not repent of their sin (because they haven’t been told to), they will have a false conversion (see Mark 4:16-17) and they will not become new creatures in Christ. Though they may call Jesus “Lord,” they will continue to “practice lawlessness” (see Matthew 7:23). Consequently, they will bring their sins and their problem into the local church, which has the following unfortunate effects:

  • Wearing out the pastors. Instead of being able to give themselves fully to feeding the flock of God in the capacity of shepherds, pastors find themselves forever counseling those who are only hearers of the Word and not doers.
  • Tying up the laborers (who are already few in number) by having them spend their precious time propping people up, when what these “problem” people really need is repentance.
  • Hindering the furtherance of the gospel. Probably one of the biggest stumbling blocks for the unbelievers is what they see as rampant hypocrisy within the Church.

Amen Brother! Amen Brother!! Can I say that again? Amen Brother!!!

Comfort goes on to say…

Let me repeat: Because of the erroneous belief that the chief end of the gospel is man’s happiness on earth rather than righteousness, many fail to see it’s God-given intention. They think the gospel is only for those who lack money, those who are broken-hearted by life’s difficulties, those who are the problem people in society. The belief is further perpetuated through popular worship choruses that have splendid melodies, but carry this message: “Heartaches, broken people, ruined lives are why You died on Calvary.” How often do we therefore neglect to share the gospel with those whose lives are going well, because we know they won’t be interested in the “wonderful plan” message? We may wait for a crisis to come their way–and in fact, secretly hope that it does–so their “heartaches” will then make them receptive to our offer of a better life.

Oh…there is much more to write about on this subject…but, long blog posts are seldom read… So, I’ll have part two later. For now…

Let’s stop lying to people about who Jesus is. He is the Savior of the world. He’s not a cosmic vending machine to make us happy. He’s not in the insurance business just to keep us out of Hell. He’s in the Lordship business. He said in Mark 8:34-35:

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

Now that’s the truth!!

 

 

 

 

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