THE GOSPEL, NOT GIMMICKS


By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Jan 3, 2013

 

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I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27)

The church today is quite possibly more susceptible to false teachers, doctrinal saboteurs, and spiritual terrorism than any other generation in church history. Biblical ignorance within the church may well be deeper and more widespread than at any other time since the Protestant Reformation.

If you doubt that, compare the typical sermon of today with a randomly chosen published sermon from any leading evangelical preacher prior to 1850. Also compare today’s Christian literature with almost anything published by evangelical publishing houses a hundred years or more ago.

Bible teaching, even in the best of venues today, has been deliberately dumbed down, made as broad and as shallow as possible, oversimplified, adapted to the lowest common denominator — and then tailored to appeal to people with short attention spans.

Sermons are almost always brief, simplistic, overlaid with as many references to pop culture as possible, and laden with anecdotes and illustrations. (Jokes and funny stories drawn from personal experience are favored over cross-references and analogies borrowed from Scripture itself.)

Typical sermon topics are heavily weighted in favor of man-centered issues (such as personal relationships, successful living, self-esteem, how-to lists, and so on) — to the exclusion of the many Christ-exalting doctrinal themes of Scripture.

In other words, what most contemporary preachers do is virtually the opposite of what Paul was describing when he said he sought “to declare … the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). He did not adopt methods to suit the tastes of a worldly culture.

Paul had not thought of catering to a particular generation’s preferences, and he used no gimmicks as attention-getters.1

John MacArthur

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One thought on “THE GOSPEL, NOT GIMMICKS

  1. Anyone who doubts the veracity of the “church ages” being in sync with the chronological order of the churches in the first three chapters of Revelation, must be spiritually blind. It can be traced back to a downward spiral from 1881, and the introduction of the “new” Wescott/Hort Greek text, which ushered in the New/Old Age, and the beginning of the end of the church age. It has always been the desire of Satan to corrupt God’s Word, from the start. “Yea, hath God said?”Gen.3:1

    http://kjv.benabraham.com/html/new_age_bible_versions.html

    We can be thankful though, that this means Jesus will be returning very soon. Praise God.

    2 Timothy 4:2-4

    King James Version (KJV)

    2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

    3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

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