"Let us not be corrupted by the traditions of men from the simplicity that is in Christ".
Sunday, February 3
The Pop Gospel is Evil, But There Is Good News.
The popular, “God loves everybody and Jesus died for everybody” gospel
is not an innocent mistake in Bible interpretation. It is an evil
perversion of the message of Scripture. It glorifies man and denigrates
God. It presents the picture of a God who loves all mankind and
desperately longs for the salvation of all mankind, but is powerless to
actually bring about His desire without the consent of those He loves.
If God cannot do something without your permission, your power of
contrary choice is greater than God’s love and desire to save you. That
makes you more ultimate than God. Heady stuff.
The essence of
this perversion is this: self-glorification. Man is glorified when God
needs man’s help to save him. Man is glorified when God loves all men
the same, and salvation is found in whether man decides to love God
back. Man is glorified when the difference between one person and
another is not in God’s discriminating love, but in man’s; in a person’s
own decision to exercise his “free will”.
From the beginning,
not one single person has been saved by this perverse message. Not one.
This claim is not arrogant. It is a claim required by submission to the
message of Scripture, wherein it is plain God does not and will not
save by a lie. God cannot and will not save by a message denigrating His
holy character and exalting the inherent ability and power of moral
discrimination found in man. For God to save a person by this perverse
message would be tantamount to God bringing His salvation by an act of
self- contradiction and a denial of His own faithfulness and power. As
the Scripture says, God cannot lie, and He cannot deny Himself.
Now it is true enough that the pop gospel has been the handmaiden of
many a moral reformation and a change of life direction. But this is not
to be confused with salvation as it is biblically described. To believe
the gospel in the biblical understanding of the term is to believe
“unto righteousness”, i.e., to leave off trusting in one’s own
righteousness and to accept, receive, and embrace the righteousness of
God as it is revealed in Christ. It is simply impossible to be saved by
believing a message which actually fortifies one in a conviction of
one’s own righteousness by teaching that one’s own "acceptance" of
Christ makes His cross-work effectual.
Now I realize that many
in the “Reformed community” claim to have been saved under the pop
gospel of “Evangelical Arminianism” and to have “grown” into the
“Reformed Faith”. That is like claiming to have been given life by a lie
and “grown” into the truth. It is a false claim and it is really an
extension of the thinking inherent to the pop-gospel.
not like a “bait-and-switch” car salesman who gets you “in the door” by
flattering you and glorifying you as master and commander of your life,
only to later on break the news that it is really of Him you are in
Christ. To think and speak of God this way is arrogance and affrontery
to the true God.
The gospel of the Bible is good news. It
tells how forgiveness is found in Jesus Christ and what He has done. It
tells how God can be just and at the same time justify and forgive a
sinner. Nothing in the gospel of the Bible complements or glorifies man.
Nothing. All of the good news of the gospel is good news concerning
God, and glorifies God and the effective work of Jesus Christ on the
cross, who saved each and every one of those He came to save and did not
waste one drop of His precious blood.
Would you know
forgiveness and peace of conscience, and assurance of eternal salvation?
Look to Christ. Not the "christ" of the pop-gospel, who would flatter
you into a false hope and complement you into a pseudo-salvation, but
the true Christ of the Bible, a Savior who really saves and Who keeps
all who come to Him, renouncing their own pretended righteousness and
embracing the perfection of His obedience and the satisfaction His death
has made to the law and justice of God.