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
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
In my last post ‘Two Face the Gospel’ we looked at the two different gospels coming from scripture. One gospel says our salvation is by grace only and has nothing to do with our behavior, before or after conversion. The other side of this two faced gospel is the opposite extreme. It says that our behavior after being saved does matter. This side of the Two Face Gospel says if we do not obey God we will not be saved. These two opposing doctrines, each presented as the truth of the gospel, are completely supported by scripture. Continue reading