I have been out of the loop for a while now. Work, then a host of things. I’m juggling and fumbling, well not to much. I want to change it up a bit and get back to bible basics. I’ve been in ministry of some sort for about 28 years and I have watched the trends of the church. I’m an analyst. I study and ponder a lot concerning what I see and hear from the pulpit and the pew. I’ve been concerned for the church for all 28 of the years I’ve been in ministry. In this post I am going to stir it up. And with the follow up post, some may take a hammer to their pc’s. LOL. But hey, I gotta do this. I’m from “Dixie” and I push the envelop, (just the bit of Dennis the Menace in me).
To be serious now, I want to address something I have observed for many years. Lets get into it. Buckle up.
Over the years, (34) I have searched the scriptures for the truth of the gospel. What is the gospel? I just want one scripture that tells me point blank what it is. When I ask or listen to someone speak on “what is the gospel” I get the obligatory, “it is the good news of Jesus Christ.” That doesn’t tell me anything. Sometimes I wonder if the one talking, doesn’t know themselves and is just spouting what they were told. I find a lot of that when discussing doctrine with people. They tend to regurgitate what they heard from the pulpit and they are doing the same, regurgitating what they learned in seminary.
I find most people who study the bible, put on the filters of what they were taught from someone else and don’t really read the bible. Let me explain. In the days of Jesus, the doctrines of the Pharisee’s had overtaken the religious life of the people to the extent that when Jesus came teaching truth, it was foreign to them. “Never spoke a man like this.” They were stunned by his words, the doctrines of men had totally taken control and truth was a foreign thing.
It is this way today, as I travel and ask questions I find an appalling lack of knowledge concerning truth. I have asked many many people what the gospel is, a very fundamental question and I get the same answer as above. They truly do not know.
The following is a test.
I am going to ask 4 very simple questions and I don’t want you to so much as touch the bible to look for answers. Lets find out just what is your spiritual temperature. You need to know this for your own benefit.
Ok here we go.
Be honest don’t look it up, write these down
Maybe even discuss this with your family and or friends.
1.Quote out loud the gospel of John 3:16.
2.Who said it.
3.What does it mean
4.What is the gospel (Give me chapter and verse).
Here’s the deal, miss just one question, you fail.(don’t worry, I have asked this same set of questions of PHD’s and they couldn’t answer any but the first one, Yes really). Each question carries a world of weight, each is just that important. If we miss one, we miss everything. Yes, I’m serious. Next post, I will give the answers. The church has been inundated with half truths and fables for far to long. We have not heard the truth.
O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.