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Gospel altered to fit the times

Pulpits serve up abridged truth to please masses

Doublas

In Acts 4:33, we read: “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.”

In the book of Acts, we also find godly courage among the apostles who did miracles and converted thousands to the faith in Jesus.

Do we see this kind of courage and power among the clergymen today? We don’t.

Today, a new gospel is preached that is filled with political correctness and providing new “ways” to heaven, but not according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In churches today, the messages from the pulpit are designed to please the people and not to feed them with the truth of the word of God. They deliver “religious” messages that lack the full truth and leave the flock without the knowledge of the word.

We hear shepherds addressing spiritual issues not according to the Gospel of Jesus even on such important matters that may ultimately affect one’s eternal destiny. An example is the recent comments made by a church leader who said that we need to “strike a new balance between preaching the Gospel and taking political stands on divisive issues” (referring to same-sex marriage and abortion), and that atheists can go to heaven by doing “good deeds.”

During a homily in Rome on May 22, Pope Francis said that God redeems everyone – not just Christians, but atheists, as well.

Here is what Scripture reveals to us about non-belief.

In the Gospel of John we read what John the Baptist said: “He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).

Also, in the Gospel of John we read that Jesus spoke about those who did not believe in him saying: “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins; for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).

And in Romans 3:28 the apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

And so Scripture makes it clear that if we reject Jesus Christ, we will not go to heaven.

Daniel Burke of CNN reported that Pope Francis said the church shouldn’t be “obsessed” with culture war issues like abortion and gay marriage.

“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope said, warning that the church’s moral foundations will fall “like a house of cards” unless it strikes a “new balance” between preaching the gospel and taking political stands on divisive issues.”

How can we possibly “strike a new balance” and take “political stands” to agree with supporters of gay marriage and abortion without altering the Gospel of Jesus Christ? If we do that, we will bring the wrath of God upon us. We will become an apostate church. The apostle Peter would have never done that.

Though we should respect all opposite beliefs and lifestyles, and love everybody as followers of Christ, we must stand firm in support of the truth of the Gospel at all costs.

The Lord Jesus said: “Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).

That means through our godly living and by proclaiming the Gospel with courage and the power of the Holy Spirit, we provide the savor of godliness in an unsavory world full of darkness. But if we lose our saltiness, how can we be salt to this world that is in desperate need of it?

Like useless salt, we will be thrown out and crushed under men’s feet. We will be left out of the kingdom of heaven.

Gregory M. Doublas is author of the book “Sin and Salvation” and hosts a weekly program, “Time for Gospel Truth,” on WQSW 100.5 FM. He can be reached at sinandsalvation@frontier.com. If you are interested in submitting a column (750 words or less), send it to Terri Richardson, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email trich@jg.net. Please include your name, religious organization and a phone number where you can be reached. For more information, call 461-8304.

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