Losing the Gospel Message

Out with the oldI 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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When did grace start, with Jesus?

Jesus on the CrossA 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

The 21 Day Challenge

 

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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

The Competing Word of God

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

Two Face the Gospel

 In Christianity there are diffently two faces of the gospel presented to the lost.  And both of these personifications are at opposite extremes of the gospel, as if the gospel has more than one truth found in it.  On one had we have those who present grace and only grace as the guarantee of eternal life.  They profess that our behavior after being born again has nothing to do with our salvation.  Consequently, the logic is one can live as they want and still go to heaven.  Of course the champion of this is personified by Christ.  On the other hand we have those who present works as a prerequisite on top of grace in order to be saved.  The Law, give by Moses, is the one everyone thinks of when it comes to having to do works in order to be saved.  Both of these views can find no agreement with each other, as if there is two completely different gospels found in scripture.  The result is two versions of Christianity embodied in one gospel.  Let’s call this embodiment what it is, let’s call it “Two Face”. Continue reading

Hatred of Scripture

 American Christianity claims to embrace the truth of the gospel found in the written word of God.  It claims to walk in the light and teachings of the scriptures and boast of a love of the scripture and the author of the scriptures.  However, it is been my experience that Christians only love certain verses of scripture that support their doctrine of liking.  They do not embrace the whole counsel of God as they claim.

The word of God clearly teaches that though Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sin.  This I can agree with my Christian brothers on.  But scripture also teaches that being justified by the blood of Christ we must live in the newness of the life in the Spirit or we have not been transformed by the Spirit.  This is where my Christian brothers and I part company. 

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Most quoted books in the Bible… I & II Opinions

 Being a blogger, I like to go to other Christian blogs and check out what they are saying.  As in the church so is the World Wide Web.  The church loves to talk about the grace of God, which is good.  We all have to start with the grace of God in order to be born of the Spirit.  What I find troubling is the kind of grace that the church is advocating. 

The bloggers following the church say grace is grace sufficient to save everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.  They actually teach that Christians can not be like Christ.  That we really never do become new creations in Christ Jesus.  Instead they teach, that we still living in the flesh according to the sin nature, are covered by the grace of God, and for this reason we need to have passion to please God because we can never walk perfectly before the Lord.

I have tried to get others to discus scripture that says differently but I can not get anyone to talk of those verses.  They will tell me to get saved, that I am spiritually blind therefore can not understand the truths of scriptures.  I get references on good books to study, get told to go study this chapter or that chapter in the Bible, yet no one of them will address the verses I put forth. Continue reading