Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? So in the name of “My God will provide” we forget about being good stewards of what God has given us. In the name of “My God will provide” we fill our lives with loans. So we forget the Scripture as Peter encourages us to be good stewards, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” First Peter 4:10 (KJV) The Apostle Paul then encourages us to be debt free; “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8 (NKJV)
Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? In the name of “All I need is the Holy Ghost” we do not study, we don’t go to college, but passionately refuse any form of education instead. Are we not aware that the teacher who teaches our children must have at least an associate degree in college? Were we not told that the doctor that cares for you when you are sick spend his youth educating him/herself in order to be able to help you? Did anybody tell you that the attorney that defended you when you got in trouble has countless years of education? What can we say about the judge? Mechanics, Plumbers, Electrician and Carpenters spend time learning and expanding their knowledge; many even become business owners. So why do you feel that it is unnecessary for you to further your education for the sake of preparation for the work of the ministry? Have you forgotten what the Scripture says? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? In the name of “God sees our hearts” we give God our worst and lock excellence in the closet of our mediocrity. I am talking about many things, but emphasizing in music and the expression of any art for the Lord. Why are we always an echo of what the world is doing? Why do we refuse to listen to God for originals; for the new songs that He requests. The psalmist tells us, “Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.” Psalm 33:3 (KJV) Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? In the name of “The New Testament does not speak about tithing” we don’t see it necessary to give. Do we not know that we are under a greater covenant base on greater promises? (Hebrews 8:6). Do we not know that to whom too much is given, much is required? (Luke 12:48). More clearly Jesus stated in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (NKJV) Ultimately, our giving is a reflection of the geographic spiritual place of our hearts “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NKJV)
Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? Are we so smart now that we feel no need to backup our statements with God’s Word? In the name of, “The Holy Spirit speaks to me” you come up with all kinds of outrages and unbiblical statements. Are you above God’s Word? Does God contradict Himself now? What a fool you are for thinking in such way. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (KJV)
Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? In the name of “I do not want to offend anybody” we water down the Gospel, we hold back the truth and we allow foolishness to enter the ears of the people God has called us to pastor. The political correctness has indeed entered the church. False teachings, fornications and all kinds of perversity are allowed in our churches for fear of being accused of judging; some are going as far as calling what is evil, good. Have you heard the warning from Prophet Isaiah? “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 (KJV) We are called to tell it like it is, in love, but the truth nevertheless. Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? Are we?
Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? Don’t you know that you are my family? Why don’t you fellowship with me? So, the little God bless you on Sundays during the service is enough for you? Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NKJV) Have you been made aware of the meaning of the word assembling? ”To gather together. The act of gathering or assembling together (2 Thess. 2:1 [cf. 1 Thess 4:17]). Heb. 10:25 does not merely denote the assembling for corporate worship as a solitary or occasional act, but as customary conduct. The prep. epí (1909), to, must refer to Christ Himself as the one to whom this assembly was attached. Thus it would have the meaning of not betraying one’s attachment to Jesus Christ and other believers, not avoiding one’s own personal responsibility as part of the body of Christ. Syn.: sunagōgḗ (4864), a gathering of Jews for worship, a synagogue; ekklēsía (1577), an assembly, church; sunédrion (4892), a council; panḗguris (3831), a festive assembly; sunodía (4923), synod, companionship on a journey. Ant.: egkataleípō (1459), to desert or leave stranded, to abandon. It refers rather to the separating of oneself from the local Christian community (often because of the dread of persecution). So this gathering together is more than just, “Going to church on Sundays” It requires three things:
- That we be connected and relationship with Christ.
- That we be connected with one another; that is, beyond our Sunday gatherings.
- That we do our part in the Body by taking care of our responsibilities as it refers to our service to God and His people.
Are we teaching an irresponsible Gospel? Are we?
 Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.
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