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18 June 2009

Why the World is Not Reached for Christ Yet

Last year some time, a friend sent me a link to a blog post by Greg Stier, a preacher, author, and self-professed "twitchy revolutionary and a fanatic for Jesus." The post is called "Why the world is not reached for Christ yet" and is right down the fairway.

The most glaring point he makes (probably because I've been giving this a great deal of consideration lately) is his second one, from which I've pasted a chunk below:

2. The gospel that is being preached tends to be anything but.

The word gospel means “good news”. It’s the good news that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone and not by good works. But many who preach the “gospel” today are adding all sorts of pre-conditions. Think about some of the add ons many Christians tag on to the simple message of Jesus:

“Just say this prayer…”

“Just walk this aisle…”

“Sure it’s by faith alone but you also must get baptized”

“Sure it’s by faith alone but you also must __________” (you fill in the blank)

“Turn from all your sin and then come to Jesus” (isn’t it the other way around and isn’t he the one who turns us from it?)

It links easily with Tony Moore's recent post of a Paul Washer sermon at the 2002 Youth Evangelism Conference -- required viewing if you are a believer.

I don't know if you'll agree with every sub-point that Stier makes, and likewise with the Paul Washer sermon, but I do know that the conclusions they draw (and the majority of the foundations they lay) are nearly undeniable.

We have led people to believe that commitment to Christ... isn't.

3 comments:

Preston N said...

This is weird. I just wrote a comment over at Brandon Cox's blog about this very same subject this morning. His post "Turn to Jesus: It just that Simple". I'll add these two thought.

- In order for the Good News to be preached, a person must first know and understand the "Bad news" - and that is we all have sinned against God and we rightfully deserve Hell. Without telling people about the Bad News, they will never fully appreciate the Good News.

- When getting your Driver's License takes more thought and consideration than making a commitment to Christ, you know we have a real problem in our churches. Salvation is and will be the most important decision in a person's life and as Jesus commanded us "We all need to carefully and thoughtfully count the cost before making that decision".

Dean Lusk said...

I've been noticing that brand of "weird" showing up in a number of places lately. Seriously.

Preston, may I use your quote in a tweet? "When getting your Driver's License takes more thought and consideration than making a commitment to Christ, you know we have a real problem in our churches."...?

If you give blanket permission, I might like to say it in a whole lot of places.

Preston N said...

Sure - No Problem. Hopefully it will inspire some real thought behind this issue. Thanks for the great post today.

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