The American Gospel redux

By Marc Lawson

July 29, 2015 Posts No comments

les-americains-d-american-gospel-sur-la-scene-de-l-20561-600-600-F            2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

The Word of God is clear that days are coming,or are already here, when men will not want to hear the Truth of the gospel but instead create an alternative gospel, even an American Gospel. Instead of having a love for and desiring truth, believers will begin to want to hear only that which makes them feel good and does not confront their old nature. “Christian happy talk”, one leader calls it.

In thousands of American churches now it is no longer acceptable to preach about subjects like: Jesus as King ,the Kingdom, sin, hell, money or the power of the Holy Spirit. A friend of mine spoke at a very large supposedly charismatic church, and before he walked on the platform was told mentioning the words, “Holy Spirit” was off limits! Why? Because it was too controversial! Apparently it was considered taboo and  might “scare away” the people! There are a large number of these seeker-sensitive ,mile-wide, inch-deep churches all over.

The American dream has morphed into something very different from what our founding fathers envisioned. Initially it was freedom to worship and pursue freedom from tyranny, the ability to be self-reliant and to stand on our own two feet.

But today as Americans we have been taught an American Dream that means to be free to be make money, have a home and live an excessive American life. Most of what is going on in America is not only not biblically normal, but excessive, perverse, unrestrained and allows an idolatry of that kind of lifestyle to flourish.

Many American parents now have an excessive idolatry of their children to the point of self indulgence and excess. This is revealed by the amount of debt  families get into to fulfill their children’s every little whim. This obsequious fawning over their children isn’t healthy and creates spoiled and demanding little “angels”. Many millennial parents expose their children to just one side of  life rather than allow them to face the very real obstacles they will run into as they grow up-like peer pressure and being rejected. A consumerist mentality of parenting,where indulgence and saying “yes” means Love,is clearly unhealthy.

Overall when these believers go without hearing an authentic gospel message of self-denial and the cross, they end up with little capacity to function in”the real world” and when they face the very eventual setbacks and roadblocks of life,they may collapse. They have a great sense of God’s love for them until they are told “no” or they don’t get what they want. This is a bitter pill to swallow but it is not heard in many churches and that’s why it is crucial to preach and declare the truth !

Look at some of the differences between what many are being taught versus what the Word teaches:

American Gospel                                                                  Gospel of the Kingdom

God +PLUS my options                                                              one choice-“Follow Me”

comfortable                                                                                  uncomfortable to our flesh

not offensive                                                                               offends the mind, reveals the heart

looks back                                                                                      goes forward

convenience all-important                                                          covenant

ministry determined by people’s needs                                     Holy Spirit directed ministry

the people(Lao) rule(dicea)                                                         apostles and elders rule

avoid conflict                                                                                   conflict of Kingdoms

people-pleasing                                                                               God-pleasing

seeker-friendly                                                                                Holy Spirit friendly

get people “saved”                                                                           make disciples

ministry done only by elite few                                                    ministry done by Body

program-oriented worship                                                           apostolic teaching,prayer

“inch deep and a mile wide”                                                         rooted &grounded inChrist

breeds spiritual babies                                                                   brings maturity

attendees easily offended                                                              unable to be offended

go around the mountain                                                                takes territory

fruit is proud & puffed up                                                              produces a humble,meek people

allows foolishness                                                                            loves wisdom

 

 

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