The NEUTERED GOSPEL
September 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm #22555
I thought that this was provoking.
The NEUTERED GOSPEL
-Micheal Boldea Jr.
I will say the following plainly, because I could think of no other
way of saying it. At the risk of bringing the readership of this blog
to zero, at the risk of having to wade through dozens of less than
friendly e-mails, the following must be stated, and clearly so.
If the gospel messages you’ve been hearing lo’ these many years
have never once made you feel uncomfortable then you’ve never
really heard the true gospel message. If the gospel messages
you’ve been hearing lo’ these many years have never once
challenged you then you’ve never really heard the true gospel
message. If the gospel messages you’ve been hearing lo’ these
many years haven’t accentuated Christ and the cross in perpetuity
then you’ve never really heard the true gospel message. If the
gospel messages you’ve been hearing lo’ these many years have
never once stirred you to repentance, prompted inward introspection,
humbled you, caused you to weep and truly see the enormity of
your sin, then you’ve never really heard the true gospel message,
but a neutered version wherein God is always smiling, the sun is
always shining, the birds are always chirping and no matter what
you do, God’s holding onto you so tight that you’ll never be able
to get away.
In this brave new world of ours, pastors have redefined their roles
and become life coaches, no longer preaching a crucified Christ,
but rather playing the part of guidance counselor to scores of
individuals that can be likened to overactive, petulant, and overgrown
children who will not accept being accountable to anyone, be they
God or man.
Preachers too have redefined their roles and rather than be
concerned about the spiritual wellbeing of those to whom they
are ministering they play the therapist, speaking soothing words,
in a soothing tone, ensuring anyone within earshot that everything’s
going to be alright, that God has mellowed over the centuries, and
as long as they ‘bring the tithe into the storehouse’ God will
overlook everything else.
It is an understatement when I say that there is enough blame to
go around for the farce of a faith many are presenting, living and
promulgating today, and the sheep are just as much to blame as
the shepherds. In the end these so called shepherds are just
giving the people what they wanted aren’t they?
If you preach the truth, if you preach the unadulterated Word of
God, wherever you happen to be, you are bound to hear those
famous words that seem to be on everyone’s lips nowadays:
‘That’s not the god I serve!’
I’ve heard it more times than I would like to recall, and no matter
how often I hear it, it’s still shocking.
‘I don’t like your god, your god is mean, that’s not the god I serve.’
‘But all I did was read from His book’, I would retort, ‘all I did was
read from the Bible!’
If you hear the truth being preached, if someone is reading out of
the Bible and in your heart you say ‘that’s not the god I serve’, then
may I humbly submit to you that you are not serving the true God,
but a god of your own making and imagining. A god that you have
fashioned in your heart who requires no submission, who requires
no obedience, who requires no sacrifice on your part, but is more
than happy to let you win the lotto time and again.
It is because we have refashioned and remade God in our own
image that the neutered gospel is so widely accepted and received.
It is because we didn’t like what God had to say that we chose
rebellion rather than submission, and with hammer and chisel in
hand we began to sculpt our new and improved deity.
Like the prophets of Baal however, we will know the true impotence
of the gods we’ve fashioned when we need them most. When we
see the gods of our own making for what they truly are, nothing
more than mists and vanities, it will be too late, and though we
might cut ourselves and bleed, though we might cry out to the
heavens for a sign, these deities we so revel in today, these gods
we so honor and worship will remain silent as the empty tomb
from which the Christ, the Son of the one true God walked out of
two millennia ago.September 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm #35424
Good post. So true. Earlier this week, I listened to sermon by Joshua Harris at Covenant Life Church. He was preaching on Psalm 90 (which I didn’t realize was written about Moses). He was saying the same sort of thing. If we really got the awesome of God and understood the full extent of His wrath at our sin, we’d live our lives much differently.October 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm #35425
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