Fruit Basket Upset

Church Circus PosterFor 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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The Church of the Living Dead

This post will be the summation of my last two post.  ‘Two Face the Gospel’ and ‘Competing Word of God’ looked at the two different gospels preached from the word of God.  The big question is, how can the Bible appear to teach a gospel of grace and not by works and a gospel that teaches we will be judged by what we do.  One teaching concludes that our behavior has nothing to do with our hope of salvation while the other teaches it has everything to do with our eternal destination.   Are we forever bound to have two gospels?

Now when most people consider the grace of God they say that God in His mercy sent His Son to die for our sins.  Consequently the teaching is the sins of man were nailed to the cross.  I think this is good doctrine.  Only someone who doesn’t understand the basic principles of the gospel would mistakenly say this is not a profound biblical truth.  But is our sins being nailed to the cross the only benefit man has received from the Lord concerning our redemption?  There is something else taught in our gospel that in my opinion appears to be missing in the gospel message of the church. Continue reading