All For The Sake Of The Gospel?

There is an interesting trend in the evangelical churches of America, a trend that on the surface looks good, but underneath is very dangerous and deceptive. It is basically a trend toward unity at all cost. One does not have to look very far to find that controversies involving charismatic teaching and practice have been both frequent and public. The secular media and general public often look at these well-known scandals as being representative of biblical Christianity. Today best-selling prosperity preachers fill stadiums week after week and build their media empires enriching themselves off a false gospel of health and wealth and personal fulfillment.

You would think with all the erroneous teaching and scandals that the main line evangelical church would reject the charismatic doctrines outright. Unfortunately they do not. Instead, many have embraced the movement and as such restructured how evangelicals think about the gospel, the Bible, the church and biblical ministry.

Today it’s not so important what God’s Word says, but what God is saying to you as an individual. The whole thing has become very subjective based on personal experience rather than on one of the foundational Reformation principles, sola scriptura, Scripture Alone. Their movement is clearly based on emotion, human experience, and personal revelation from God. Somehow we have been duped into believing that when Paul wrote the following…

“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”(1 Co 9:22–23)

…that means we must sacrifice the truth of the scriptures on the altar of personal experience. I would say just the opposite brothers and sisters, we must sacrifice our personal experience on the altar of God’s revealed Word. John MacArthur writes the following in his commentary on the above verses…

“He did not compromise the gospel. He would not change the least truth in the least way in order to satisfy anyone. But he would condescend in any way for anyone if that would in any way help bring him to Christ. He would never set aside a truth of the gospel, but he would gladly restrict his liberty in the gospel.” MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians. MacArthur New Testament Commentary (213). Chicago: Moody Press.

We are instructed in 1 John the following…

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 Jn 4:1)

I believe out of love for God’s people and His Word we need to warn people about these erroneous teachings and encourage them to embrace the truth of the gospel of Christ as revealed to us in His Word.

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Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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