Beware of the Sugar-Coated “Gospel”

sugar coating the gospelA sugar-coated “gospel” is no gospel at all.  The great calling of every gospel preacher is to be a herald of God’s (not his own) message.  This gives us a benchmark against which to measure and test every preacher, i.e. faithfulness to the Bible.  Sadly, many Christians are so gullible and they are gobbling up spiritual junk food Sunday after Sunday.  Even sadder than that is that they don’t seem to know it and those who do know, don’t seem to care.

In most cases, the problem with the preachers of this sugar-coated “gospel” is not so much in what they say.  The problem is in what they don’t say.  Here are some of the major things they don’t talk about:

  1.  Repentance toward God – “I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21).
  1.  Faith in Christ – “I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21).
  1.  Obedience to Christ – “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

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A Pastor’s Confession

ConfessionPastor_194227947O God, I know that I often do Thy work without Thy power,
And sin by my dead, heartless, blind service,
My lack of inward light, love, delight,
My mind, heart, tongue moving without Thy help.

I see sin in my heart in seeking the approbation of others;

This is my vileness, to make men’s opinion my rule,
Whereas I should see what good I have done,
And give Thee glory,
Consider what sin I have committed
And more for that.
It is my deceit to preach, and pray,
And to stir up others’ spiritual affections 
In order to beget commendations,
Whereas my rule should be daily to consider myself
More vile than any man in my own eyes.  

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