I was flipping through a local paper the other day and I happened upon an advertisement concerning Teen Challenge participating with a youth group in the area. Many of us are aware of Teen Challenge and probably know of someone who has gone through this ministry. Not to long ago my family and I watched The Cross and the Switchblade, which is the story of David Wilkerson in his younger days, who birthed the Teen Challenge ministry.
David Wilkerson has gone on to be with the Lord, but before he finally found his true rest, he made many efforts to warn the church about leaving the gospel. His book, Set The Trumpet to thy Mouth, was David being a watchman for the church, which resulted in much criticism for him.
I found this advertisement, which had the Teen Challenge ministry as the focal point, shocking because it reflects those things which I believe embodies what David Wilkerson was warning the church about. Let me explain what I mean.
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A reader by the avatar Las Artes left me a comment on my post The Church of the Living Dead. Please go there and view the entire comment.
I agreed with the comment concerning everything written by Las Artes except at one central point, which needs clarification, since it is central to The Gospel According to the Gospel. Even though my response is directed to Las Artes, it is meant for everyone. We all need to have a correct understanding of when God started to impute men righteousness and the manner in which He does so. Hint, it is not as we are taught in church, “the crucifixion of Jesus brought forth a new gift: the gift of grace”. Continue reading
For far tooooooo long the Christian faith has been putting all of its fruit in one basket. We have been mixing fruit that does no good for the soul with fruit that can see a man unto eternal life. We have been mixing rotten fruit with good fruit.
Unfortunately, pastors are taught in seminary that all fruit mentioned in the Bible is the same kind of fruit and they mistakenly use them synonymously. Pastors lead their congregations into accepting both the bad fruit and the good fruit as evidence of a faith in a believer’s life. They then preach about both kinds of fruit and tell their congregation to live by them both. But this is not what scripture tells us to do.
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Once people leave the Wide Path that leads to destruction and choose to follow Christ, putting themselves on the Narrow Path, what is the standard that believers should live their lives by? Are we as Christians supposed to become followers of the Torah? Is the Old Testament Law now a requirement for the believer to obey?
Many Christians today have a biblical basis from scripture to say the ordinances found in the Old Testament are no longer required of God’s people. We do not sacrifice animals, nor do we observe many other ordinances in the Torah. Some will argue that even though we do not have to obey the ‘Sacrificial Law’ we have to obey the ‘Moral Law’ or the moral code of the Old Testament. But is this true?
Many will argue that we need to continue to follow the ‘Moral Law’ found in the Torah, after all God doesn’t want us to murder… does He? Of course the correct answer is no, God does not want us to comment murder. In fact God doesn’t want us to violate any of the ‘Moral Law’ found in the Old Testament. But if God doesn’t want us to violate this law, are we then bound to live under the influence of the Ten Commandments?
What if scripture actually teaches that those who preach this understanding of the gospel have actually left the gospel? What if keeping the Ten Commandments is exactly the opposite of what the hope is for the new believer?
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How to cook THE BOOK!
Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel it is no secret that I contend for a gospel that some are surprised to find in scripture. Which of course contradicts a lot of doctrine. Hence the nice graphic I made. It is also no secret that many don’t agree with me because of their indoctrination and many more are still trying to grasp what I am contending for in the gospel.
Sadly, short post here and there is not a very effective way to communicate the gospel I see clearly laid out in scripture. But there is a way for those interested to get a really good feel and sense of what I am contending the gospel is. I have 21 radio programs that are 25 minutes long uploaded to my blog. They are located under the ‘Radio‘ tab. I am challenging people to take 25 minutes a day to listen to what I am contending for in the gospel.
You may ask, why? Simply put… many have not heard (because it is not covered from the pulpit) what scripture teaches about our faith. Sadly the preaching of our gospel has become like the national media. Nothing different on any of the channels. No real news is covered anymore either. The Gospel According to the Gospel is your chance to get involved in an alternative media (alternative discussion if you will) of the Bible. Continue reading
Well I finally broke down and did it. I added an about page with a picture of that trouble making glasseyedave. Now everyone can see who that contentious person is who is willing to challenge what we say scripture teaches. So for everyone who wants to see what I look like and learn a little about me now is the time to go to that little section about who I am. We can finally look past the Polaroid picture of glasseydave when he was 16.