Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I let the Saviour’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered–
“All of self, and none of Thee.”
Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on the cursed tree;
Heard Him pray, “Forgive them, Father,”
And my wistful heart said faintly–
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”
Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah? so patient,
Brought me lower while I whispered–
“Less of Self, and more of Thee.”
Higher than the highest heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered:
Grant me now my soul’s petition–
“None of self, and all of Thee”
Author: Theodore Monod
A 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:
- Repentance toward God – “I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21).
- Faith in Christ – “I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21).
- 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).