Archive for the 'False gospel' Category

17
Nov
17

And the Gospel _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Will Be Preached…

Christians are very familiar with the term “the gospel”, and are aware of the need to share “the gospel”.

But what is our understanding of the term?

 

We think of it as “the good news” – but what is the news that is good?

 

I’ve been trying to think of some of the ideas I’ve come across during the decades since I first came into contact with “gospel” preaching Christians.
At various times I’ve accepted several of these ideas – or at least parts of them. Other’s I’ve heard but have never accepted.

 

To what extent have we REALLY tried to grasp what the Bible says about “the gospel”?
How was it preached by Jesus and the early church?
What was preached by Jesus and the early church that could be described as “the gospel”?

 

1) Receive Jesus and escape hell
2) Come to God, He has a wonderful plan for your life.
3) God’s eternal, righteous Kingdom is accessible
4) You are going to hell if you don’t accept Jesus
5) God wants to prosper you – turn to Him.
6) Join God’s mission to turn this world around.
7) God loves everyone so much He wants to be their friend.
8) Come to God as you are, God loves you anyway.
9) If God has chosen you as part of His elect – you’ll be saved.
10) Repeat this sinner’s prayer and you’ll be saved.

 

There are probably many other examples, but those given above probably give a reasonable taste of the various messages that have been presented as “the gospel”. Some of those statements contain part of the truth, others are far from the truth, but I believe only one gets close to the real heart of the gospel. I’ll address that later.

 

From a personal level, I suppose my initial interest in the gospel message came about through a desire to avoid hell. At the time I thought I had nothing to worry about because I’d grown up with a belief in God and I thought that was enough to make me safe. Then somehow a school friend who’d recently become involved with a Pentecostal church managed to convince me of the need to ask Jesus into my life through the reciting of “the sinner’s prayer” – so a few of the phrases listed above played a part in my introduction to Christianity.

 

However, while those messages served a purpose, they didn’t exactly set me on a path to a strong Christian faith. They put ME at the centre, and I don’t recall myself ever considering that maybe God should be at the centre of the gospel. That the gospel was more about HIS intentions for the whole of His creation, than about keeping me as an individual out of hell.

 

If I now had to choose which one of the above statements best expresses’ the heart of the gospel, it would be the third: “God’s eternal, righteous Kingdom is accessible”. That’s the message John the Baptist preached in preparation for the introduction of Jesus, and that is the message Jesus preached from the beginning of His ministry: “the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

 
Jesus later spoke of the “gospel of the Kingdom” being preached in the whole world as a precursor of the end.

But the end of what?

The end of this world’s disconnection from, and its rejection of, the Kingdom of God; when “The kingdoms of the world […] become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah”.

The purpose of the gospel is to proclaim the good news of God’s coming Kingdom, and the fact that we (mankind) can be part of it. That the corruption, the hypocrisy and the injustices that pervade every aspect of the world’s Kingdoms will be brought to an end.

The gospel is the good news of the Kingdom; GOD’s Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

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28
Jul
17

How ISIS Began in Colorado

How ISIS Began in Colorado (interview with Dr. Nabeel Jabbour – Part 1)

The next few posts will be audios from the Zwemer Centre for Muslim Studies.
http://www.zwemercenter.com/

They are a series of interviews with Dr. Nabeel Jabbour about the origins an influences behind the rise of present day extreme Islamism.

The roots of this extremism stretch back to surprising places.

I had recently come across a lot of the content of this particular audio from a “secular” source on ANB radio
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/what-he-saw-in-america:the-violent-legacy-of-sayyid-qutbs-visi/7795158

26
Jul
17

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Justin Bieber left fans disappointed on Tuesday morning after he announced he was cancelling the rest of his Purpose World Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances”.

But what are these “unforeseen circumstances” exactly?

Well, Richard Wilkins announced on Today Extra what the reason may be, revealing an insider told him is that the Biebs is wanting to start his own church.

https://au.be.yahoo.com/entertainment/celebrity/a/36491908/is-justin-bieber-starting-a-church/

28
Jun
17

Will Hating Muslims Lead Them to Jesus?

I’m blocked from commenting on Bill Randle’s’ site, so I want to use this post to address something said on his blog.

In recent articles Randles has  been lamenting how the “West” has abandoned Judeo-Christian influences and has taken a too welcoming approach to Muslims, something he sees as a threat to Western values and security.

When Steve (a frequent commenter on my blog) questioned what Randles had written with regard to Muslims, another commenter, in support of  Randles’ assertions, said:

This is about Islam, not Muslims…

https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/treacherous-dealers-dealing-treacherously-the-west-in-prophecy-pt-9/#comment-23042

 

But Bill Randles’ post doesn’t reflect that “Islam not Muslim” claim.

Within Randles’ article the following statements ABOUT MUSLIMS were included.

 

Evidently, the “new normal” for our once secure nations, is carnage in the streets, broken bodies of men, women and children, streaming with blood and broken toys, courtesy of “immigrant guests” from third world countries, usually Muslim

These leaders have dumped upon their taxpaying populations, millions of miserable, ungrateful and downright murderous Muslims,

…a five year old special needs child was attacked, raped and humiliated by three of her “Muslim immigrant” neighbors

…sexually harassed and raped by savages from Muslim lands

Muslims will continue to be “welcomed” into our societies, so we can wait for the next outrage.

 

See complete article here:
https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/treacherous-dealers-dealing-treacherously-the-west-in-prophecy-pt-9/

 

I have to ask, how profitable is this kind of rhetoric against non-Christians?

Muslims also need Jesus and are able to seek and find Him – but why would they want to seek the truth of the gospel if they think posts like Randles’ article are an example of it?

 

In closing I’d like to ask you to make a comparison between the attitudes expressed in Randles’ articles and those I’ve recommended in some of my earlier posts, such as those linked below, and think about which more closely reflect a Christlike viewpoint:

https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/responding-biblically-to-the-refugee-crisis/

https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/empathy-and-evangelism-in-days-of-crisis-by-dalton-thomas/

and

https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/why-the-church-must-love-the-refugee-by-scott-Gustafson/

 

 

16
May
17

The Last Trump (early edition): More from the man chosen by 80% of white “evangelicals”

The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Behavior

(Could also be called the white evangelical’s guide to Presidential behaviour – onesimus)

It wasn’t so long ago that Republicans in Congress cared about how a president comported himself in office. They cared a lot! The president is, after all, commander in chief of the armed forces, steward of the most powerful nation on earth, role model for America’s children — and he should act at all times with the dignity his station demands. It’s not O.K. to behave in a manner that demeans the office and embarrasses the country.

from:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/opinion/sunday/the-republicans-guide-to-presidential-behavior.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

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Donald Trump ‘shared highly classified information with Russian officials’

Donald Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minster Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting last week.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump shared details of intelligence gathered of an Isis threat that had been closely guarded within the United States government and among close US allies.

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The report of Trump’s indiscretion drew immediate criticism across party lines. David Kochel, Jeb Bush’s top strategist in the 2016 presidential campaign, tweeted: “John McCain probably revealed less to the KGB in 5+ years of torture at the Hanoi Hilton than Trump did in 5 minutes in the Oval.”

from:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/15/donald-trump-shared-classified-information-russia-white-house-report

02
Apr
17

The Evangelicals’ Choice

The evangelicals’ previous choice.

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The evangelicals’ current choice.

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The evangelical future choice?

[T]hat Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

08
Mar
17

Making [ your nation ] Great Again?

The promise:

Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will fall down and worship me, all will be Yours”.

The alternative:

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’…
…From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight … but now My kingdom is not from here.”




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