Musings 113

Galatians 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

1 Corinthians 1:29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

I was “privileged” to hear a prison “minister” who was doing what he called “preaching” recently. It was so striking during an interview with him and during his time “preaching” his view of how centered Jesus was upon him and others. It appeared that he boasted about himself and seemed quite struck with himself as a bishop. It also appeared that those who gathered to hear him “preach” would cheer loudly and give out whoops the more selfish he seemed to preach. The kind of God and the kind of Christ that men love and want to hear about is the kind that loves them and wants all kinds of earthly riches and earthly things for them.

People have complained about health and wealth types of preaching for years, but this is not specifically what the man was attempting to communicate. The problem with so much of preaching today was set out by this man though he seemed to be a bit more extreme than most. In our day it seems as if man is the lord and Christ is the servant. It is true that Christ did not come to serve but to serve; it is also true that He is the sovereign of the universe and that all will bow before Him. Jesus Christ did all that He did out of perfect love for His Father. He still does.

It is hard not to have some sense of sympathy for all those men who were listening to the Bishop and his preaching of a god that was so small he was centered on nothing but the earthly good of those men. But that seems to be the primary focus of much of the preaching today. There is a focus on how God wants to give men so much but men don’t have the faith or they lack something. There is such a focus on how God only gives things to men who are holy, but He will give nothing to those who are not holy. That is nothing more and nothing less than a message of works. Even if we throw the word “grace” around we are not using it in the biblical sense. Grace is always sovereign or it is not grace. The only kind of true grace there can possibly be is free-grace.

The cross of Christ seems to be preached in a way where it purchases men the power to obtain what their flesh desires, which means the true meaning of the cross is lost. It is sad to see the cross of Christ emptied by the preaching of men who think that they preach the gospel. It is utterly pathetic to see men preach a Christ who died on the cross but is powerless to do any application of it. The god of the modern pulpit is weak and inept rather than sovereign and omnipotent. It is not just that these men have a weak theology, but that they have a false god that they are preaching so confidently about.

It is so sad to hear moralism and conditionalism taught and “preached” across our land. It is not that these are other versions of Christianity, but instead they are perversions of it. It is not that these people have the heart of the Gospel and need to be instructed a bit more, but they are simply preaching a false gospel and a false god. Whatever else one may argue concerning the United States being a Christian nation or having a Christian foundation, we are far from being a Christian nation and a false gospel is rampant in our land today. By saying that a false gospel is rampant in our land today, I am meaning that a false gospel is rampant in the professing churches of the day. When a god is preached that is focused on blessing men in this world more than the next, we can know that the preacher is quite confused. When a god is preached that does not do all for His own glory and name’s sake, we can know that a false god is being preached. When we hear of a god that winks at sin, we can know that this is not the thrice holy God of Scripture being set out. We live in an awful day since the truth of God is rare in the land.

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