Monday, November 15, 2010

The Definition of a Watered Down Gospel: "Just Be Nice!"

by Jamin Hubner
The vanity of values continues.

In this case, it continued in an article entitled "Message Fits to a T" on the front page of the Rapid City Journal's section on Religion, published November 13, 2010. What did it say? And how does it demonstrate the continuing promulgation of valueless values?

Let us first refresh our memory.

There are many enemies and threats to the purity, organization, and existence of the Christian faith. There are unbelieving and oppressive governments. The secularism of the university, media, and the arts. False religions, false teachings, and the accuser of faithful Christian leaders. Yes, there's alot of bad stuff "out there."

But far worse, is the tendency of professing Christians to completely neuter the power of the faith by erasing the content of their own message. The greatest threats to God's people come from within, not from outside. Uncomfortable thought, isn't it? But, this at least explains some of the warnings in the New Testament regarding internal corruption (Romans 16:17, Ephesians 4:11-14, I Tim. 6:3-4, Titus 2:1). Defending the faith and protecting the faithful is all too easy when we can point to "them" and rest assured about "us." The real challenge comes when those who claim to know God and label themselves as gospel-preachers preach non-gospel. Christless Christianity. No-news "good news." "All foam and no beer."

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