10/11/2020 0 Comments
On September 27, we began another important conversation over a few posts for 'thoughts' towards 'a cleaner heart'. The 'Kingdom of God'.
[Psalm 139:1, 23-24; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 29:17; Proverbs 15:11; Jeremiah 17:10; 20:12; Lamentations 3:40; Romans 8:27; Revelation 2:23] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
I keep saying to myself that there has to be an explanation why so many millions of people claim to be born-again followers of Jesus Christ, attending nearly 250,000 churches—around 3,000 of those mega-churches—with a vibrant and growing Christian subculture of music, television, books and literature, education, Internet presence, and even their own Yellow Pages.
As I said, there has to be an explanation why, given all this, that the morals and culture of America continue to decline away from the teaching of Scripture; the young are abandoning their Christian upbringing in growing numbers, going instead with 'the ways of the world'; and the public square continues devoid of any far-ranging, seriously taken Christian voice. There simply has to be part of an explanation for this.
And I think I have it. It harks back to a Chesterton comment back around the turn of the 20th century. It's not that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been tried and is simply found wanting. It's that the Gospel of Jesus Christ—the Gospel of the Kingdom—has not been tried. Continuing from:
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, Post 'E-3-AM' Series, September 13, 2020
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, Post 'E-3-PM' Series, September 13, 2020
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, 'The Kingdom of God', Post 'F-1' Series, September 27, 2020.
Have you received the Gospel of the Kingdom? Let us continue today, October 11, 2020 from the posts with the links above.
Let me remind you of these important facts -Today's - 'Another Gospel' versus, 'The Gospel of the Kingdom.'
We learned in our previous post - Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, 'The Kingdom of God', Post 'F-1' Series, September 27, 2020, that truly, the announcement concerning the Kingdom of God is Good News—Gospel! The 'Gospel of the Kingdom' is 'the true Gospel'. Anything other or less than this is another gospel, which, as Paul makes plain, is no gospel at all.
'Liberal Christianity', most readers will agree, is not Christianity at all, or, at best, a corrupt version. As J. Gresham Machen argued so eloquently in the last century, liberal Christianity has many appealing features, and much to commend it. In many ways it is a quite fascinating and alluring religion. It even uses all the 'language of Christianity' and holds Jesus in high esteem. But for all that, liberal Christianity just isn't Christianity. Indeed, Machen argued, it's not even close. As Jesus warned us, 'For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will mislead many.'[Matthew 24:5.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
What about the 'gospel' that is heard in so many churches today? The gospel that says, "Jesus died to forgive your sins and to bring you to heaven when you die"? Is that the Gospel? Rather, is that the whole Gospel? The Gospel of the Kingdom?
While that statement is certainly true, it doesn't sound as rich, full, comprehensive, and all-engaging as what have been outlined earlier as the Gospel of the Kingdom. [See link above]. And it is not widely apparent that those who have embraced this message are evidencing the kind of whole-life transformation Jesus demonstrated and promised, or that those first turn-the-world-upside-down Christians experienced, the 'abundant life', 'eternal life', [John 10:10], seated in heavenly places, [Ephesians 2:6]; now, ambassadors for Christ, [2 Corinthians 5:20]; citizens of Heaven, [Philippians 3:20]; delivered from the power of darkness, [Colossians 1:13]. Hallelujah! Amen. Amen. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[Remember, 'justification' or the 'deliverance from the penalty of sin', occurs 'immediately' when one first believes. But, 'sanctification' or the 'deliverance from the power of sin' is a life-long process', until we take our last breathe, and are 'glorified', or, delivered from the 'presence of sin', ever with the Lord.]
But is it not true that the Gospel says that Jesus died for our sins so that we could go to heaven? Yes it does. But that is not the same as saying that Jesus' death to grant forgiveness and eternal life to all who believe is the whole Gospel. And if that's not the whole Gospel, then can we say that it's the Gospel at all? The proclamation that Jesus died for our sins so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life is not, in fact, what C. S. Lewis referred to as mere Christianity—Christianity at its most basic. Rather, I would say that this message that promises forgiveness and eternal life to all who merely profess belief in Jesus—this gospel which is roundly proclaimed in the vast majority of churches throughout the land—should be referred to as near Christianity.
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, 'The Kingdom of God', Post 'F-1' Series, September 27, 2020
It's rather like saying that the Good News is that Jesus provided an example for us to follow. Is that true? Of course. But is it the Gospel? Hardly. Or it's like saying the Good News means you have a reason to do good works on behalf of others. Is that true? Certainly. But is it the Gospel? Not at all.
Take your time, as we will conclude this post on an afternoon post, not rushing through this most important subject. We need to know and practice - the Truth of and in the 'REAL' Gospel in which there is 'True Power'. Amen. Amen.
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