Has the Gospel been shown the door?


We live in a time when the Good News of Jesus has been increasingly marginalized by The Church. It’s a trend that is very concerning to us. There are those who have either re-shaped the Gospel to mean God loves us as we are, without explaining how He loves us, or they avoid the Gospel all together, saying that the atonement –what Christ did on the cross to propitiate our sins- is not what Christians should be focusing on today.

If you think we sound like a broken record about this, we unapologetically will continue to drive this point home: that a Gospel-free sermon regenerates no one, and that we’re going to go another step further and ask that you do what you can to make sure the Gospel is shared from every pulpit, every time. Because if I am still steeped in my sins, unrepentant without knowing who Jesus is, and I’ve just sat through your sermon series on how to have a good marriage or how to feed the hungry, I am still going to Hell when I die.

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What is the Gospel? You can get a perfect summary of it in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. It is the message that starts in Genesis: That we are born sinners into a sin-filled world at odds with God. He gave us the perfect Law, which man, unable to keep, needed the blood sacrifice of the perfect lamb to atone for sin. Jesus, God in the flesh, is that lamb. He came to earth as a sinless sacrifice, whose blood on the cross atoned for our sins and the punishment we deserve. He rose from the grave and appeared to hundreds of witnesses, who saw Him ascend to heaven, and those witnesses have been sharing that Good News ever since, that those who believe in Him and repent of their sins can be reconciled to God forever. It is through Christ alone that we are offered Mercy and Grace.  You can’t “live out” the Gospel; only Jesus does this.Only In His perfect sacrifice, He exchanges His righteousness for our Sin.

Joining us in our first segment today is Eric Barger. Eric’s Take A Stand! Ministries confronts both the culture and the Church, focusing on the troubling unbiblical trends and doctrinal issues facing Christians.

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2 Responses to Has the Gospel been shown the door?

  1. Chistina says:

    Jay Bakker's comment that separation from God is man's idea eerily echos the same as Walsch's and Hubbard's "God" ideas of "separation". Just goes to prove to me even more this "paradigm shift" (a favorite phrase of both the New Age and Emergent church) of both movements comes from the same source. And that source is not God.


  2. Mr. Davis says:

    Regarding Eric's comments about teachers: Do not think for a moment if you are not a Pastor you are not to disciple new believers, whom you have shared Christ with, who walk in your circles and see how you live. Those that Christ himself has put in your path, but know this what we are to teach is the whole counsel of God for Christ taught from the whole counsel of God. Matthew 28:17-20, Acts 20:18-27, and we are to take care as how we speak to other believers 1 Peter 4:11. Ecclesiastes 5:1-3, 6-7. We do have the Lord's whole counsel which is contained in the Old and New Testaments so it is not out of our reach. This we have in our own tongue in the Bible. So do not be afraid to grow together as you study and and are leadd by the Holy Spirit. If possible include some time with elders who are mature in the faith and meet the requirements in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 in this and so confirm or correct your message of the Gospel of Christ in word and deed.

    I will add this: if your a woman disciple other women. I say this because of Titus 2:3-5, and what is cautioned in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, 1 Timothy 2:9-14, 1 Peter 3:1-6, Ephesians 5:22-31, Colossians 3:18 and all of this to avoid Titus 1:11, 2 Timothy 3:6, Romans 16:18

    Men you need to focus on discipleing men just to avoid becoming a snare to another mans wife and so turn her heart against him (either intentionally or unintentionally) or become ensnared by the lust of your own flesh. Practice 1 Corinthians 14:25-32, Evaluate conversation and conduct with James 3:13-18, Galatians 5:22-26, Colossians 3:12-17, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Peter 4:11

    Husbands automatically need to disciple their wives for this is how you are called to love them. Even if she is an unbelieving wife for as long as she will bear it. Ephesians 5:25-29, 1 Peter 3:7.

    Fathers need to disciple their own homes Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:4-9, 11:16-21 for the Lord will hold you accountable for what He has put in your hand. But do so in all meekness and humility in submission to the Lord, who has entrusted these to your care.

    Start to practice the one anothers with them and continue in them, all of them.

    Open up your life to them, even your own family, your home and your table so they may see Christ in you and in them and the conduct of Christ in your home. Allow their criticism when it comes, receive it with humility and grace for at every point every man is against Christ in their every imagining and it is through instruction in the word and conviction by the Holy Spirit that our world view changes and we begin to see ourselves as we really are 1 Corinthians 11:18-19. Hebrews 3:12-13

    Drop the facade, be honest about your sins and how you still struggle to walk in the law of Love even in your own home. This just proves your own weakness and how we all must call on Christ and plead for His power of His Grace, The Spirit of Promise, The Holy Spirit, to the end that we may increase in our love as demonstrated before all in our love for His word and our obedience to it 2 John 1:5-10.

    Remember Christ was betrayed by those closest to Him, one would kiss him, one would deny him 3 times and all would flee from Him. Ultimately He who is the eternal one would die a most humiliating Death, naked and nailed to a cross of wood. Considering who He is it is even more stark, for even in a wicked world great men who are esteemed are allowed to die with dignity even at the hands of their enemies. Not so with our Lord and Savior. Why should you expect better treatment than your Lord.

    Today we have so called teachers who preach behind pulpits by their own authority preaching whatever is on their own hearts. Jeremiah 6:30-31. Unfortunately for most it is their own stomach and how they may draw more birds to the snare Romans 16:17-18. They do not practice His word in their own conduct even if they demand it in others. There is so much more to say on this but it is because we do not practice Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12:20-27, even if we hold that 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 is true. We ourselves have become fools in turning away from God and His word in our conduct being guilty of partiality towards men James 2:9, 2 Corinthians 10:12, Jude 1:16 and so we have laid aside the headship of Christ.


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