Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Danger of the Modern Gospel

In the video you are about to watch you will meet Jason. Jason is a student at Cerritos College. A couple of weeks ago, after Ray Comfort preached the gospel to members of the school's football team, Jason stood up in an overt attempt to undermine the message Ray had preached. Jason's message: "You can be president, someday."

Last week Ray, Eddie Roman, and I returned to Cerritos College. We try to spend at least a couple hours each week preaching the gospel, on the campus. As happened previously, Jason was there to undermine Ray's preaching of the gospel. As soon as Ray finished preaching, Jason stood up to herald his own version of the gospel, a false gospel, a dangerous modern gospel that is, sadly, prevalent in many churches in America, today.

I did my best to point out the difference between the gospel Jason offered the students and the gospel Ray and preached--the gospel of Jesus Christ, according to the Scriptures.

Yes, I was angry with Jason. As I state in the video, I was angry with Jason because the message he tried to present was not one that could save the students, but one that would, if believed, condemn them. Jason's version of the gospel was and is a perversion, a fallacious distortion that he likely learned within the confines of a church in the area. The fact that Jason likely learned his false gospel in church (and in all likelihood in the children's or youth ministry of the church) makes him no less responsible for believing and propagating such a dangerous message.

Yes, Jason's gospel, a gospel believed by millions of people in America, is a dangerous gospel and, by definition, a contradiction. The word "gospel" means "good news." There was nothing "good" about Jason's message. It was devoid of truth, for it had no basis in Scripture. It was devoid of love, for it was meant to leave people comfortable in their lost, spiritually dead, and sinful state. And it was devoid of power, for Jesus was not the central figure and glorified subject of his message. Jason was the central figure and glorified subject. The people to whom Jason spoke were the central figures and glorified subjects. Jason's was a man-centered message that lacked the truth, love, and power to save anyone.

Unfortunately, as open-air preachers we meet a lot of people like Jason on the streets and on college campuses--people who profess to know Christ, but are offended by Christ and the preaching of His gospel. You cannot be saved by a gospel you do not know. In other words, if a person does not know the gospel, or if a person believes a false gospel, then there is no reason to believe the person is truly regenerate, born-again, saved. And this is why you heard me, in the video, call Jason to repentance and faith.

Jason walked with us to the parking lot, after I finished preaching. We continued to try to reason with him, from the Scriptures, to show him the gospel he preached and therefore believed was not the gospel of the Bible. We left him with a copy of "Hell's Best Kept Secret" and "True and False Conversion" and welcomed him to talk to us any time he sees us on campus.

If you are in a church where you are hearing a message similar to the one Jason proclaimed, leave. If you are not hearing a complete and biblical presentation of the gospel in your church, leave. If your church does not preach the true gospel, you are not in a church. You are in a religious social club. Leave!

And if you need help finding a good, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, gospel-proclaiming church, please let me know. I would love to try to help you find one.

One last thing: are you willing to do for the truth what Jason is willing to do for a lie? Jason stood up in front of his fellow students to preach. What he preached was a lie, but he made a stand.

Can you not also make a stand--a stand for the truth--a stand for the gospel of Jesus Christ? Can you not stand up, open your mouth, herald the true unvarnished gospel, and be heard for the glory of Christ?

When will you stand up and let your voice be heard by those who are lost in sin and bound for Hell? When will you love people enough to do for the truth what people like Jason are willing to do for a lie?


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