Some Songs By Keith Green


Keith Green

Keith Green

Keith Green was primarily known as a Christian singer & songwriter. He was one of my favorites ‘back in the day’. So I thought it would be fun to share a Youtube playlist of some of his songs with you, enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14CA66EBC8ECF411

 

 

What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 21 – Conclusion 21 of 21


Keith Green

Keith Green

This is the final post of this article written by Keith Green. I hope and pray you enjoyed reading it as much as I did posting it.  Someone said  ‘If your favorite author isn’t dead, try picking someone else’. I have found that most of the currant Christian authors are shallow and unscriptural.  They seem convinced that for some reason that the Gospel needs to be recreated to make it more meaningful and in the process less demanding. A gospel devoid of repentance and lacking the Cross, is no gospel at all. Consequently their followers exchange any hope of eternal glory with Jesus Christ for a shallow worldly ‘best life now’.  So I offered this series to you as an example of what the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is compared with what is being taught in our churches today. My prayer is that as we ‘meet God in the closet’ that we will be emboldened to stand up and proclaim the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. — D.J.H.

And now we come to the end of this “Bible study.” Yes, that’s just what it has turned out to be. I hope you will take the time to look up each of the Scriptures given, and see for yourself what God has said in His Word about all these things. I realize that these articles will step on many toes, and some might even be deeply offended, but that is not my intention at all. My only prayer is that through this little effort, many will begin to take up the cross and preach the good news of our salvation with the same power and anointing that Jesus promised and gave to the early Church, and that when we ministers stand before Him on that great day, we will be able to say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith . . . I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ” (2Ti 4:7; Rom 15:19), so that we may hear those sweet words from our King’s lips, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Mat 25:21)

Beloved family, the world around us is going to hell. Not because of communism, not because of television, not because of drugs, or sex, or alcohol, or the devil himself. It is because of the Church! We are to blame! We alone have the commission, the power, and the truth of God at our constant disposal to deliver sinner after sinner from eternal death. And even though some are willing to go… into the streets, the prisons, foreign lands, or even next door, they are taking a watered-down, distorted version of God’s message which He has not promised to anoint. That is why we are failing. And unless we admit that we are failing, then I’m afraid there is no hope for us or the world around us. We have the choice between causing eternal tragedy for our whole generation, or bringing our beloved God a whole family full of “good and faithful servants.”

Please pray over all of this. God is waiting to meet you in the closet. (Mat 6:6)

The following list is a list of books for further in-depth study on evangelism and the content of the Gospel:
Today’s Gospel by Walter Chantry – The Banner Of Truth Trust
Finney On Revival by Charles G. Finney – Fleming H. Revell Co.
Gems from Tozer by A. W. Tozer – Christian Publications, Inc.
That Incredible Christian by A. W. Tozer – Christin Publications, Inc.

What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 20 – “The Follow-Up Program” 20 of 21


Keith Green

Keith Green

There is one last great mistake being committed in the name of evangelism. It is rightly called “follow-up.” I say “rightly called” because it is following up the same miserable and incomplete gospel with a miserable, incomplete, and false replacement for what the Bible calls “discipleship.”

Our “follow-up” usually consists of a “packet of literature,” which almost always includes a complete list of all church services and functions. This “packet” also may include many “essential” items like a complete Bible study on “tithing.” Also enclosed is usually at least one tithe envelope. (It’s amazing that this is one “principle” that nearly every new believer learns right away!)

In my studies of the life of Jesus, it has amazed me that He never had “a follow-up program.” It was usually His habit to let people “follow Him up.” He never had to go door to door, looking for that fellow who He healed last week, wanting to share another parable or two. He always seemed to have the attitude of, “If they want life, then they’ll have to come and follow Me.”

Can’t you see what fools we are? We preach a man-made, plastic gospel. We get people to come forward to “the altar” by bringing psychological pressures that have nothing to do with God. We “lead them” in a prayer that they are not yet convinced they need to say. And then to top it all off, we give them “counseling,” telling them it is a sin to doubt that they’re really saved!

(Tomorrow I’ll post the conclusion to the series.)

What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 19 – Bumper Stickers, and “Christian” Slogans 19 of 21


Keith Green

Keith Green

It pains me to see the beautiful truths of Scripture being plastered about like beer advertisements. Many think it is wise to “get the word out” in this way but, believe that we are really just inoculating the world with bits and pieces of truth – giving them their “gospel shots.” (And we’re making it hard for them to “catch” the real thing!) People become numb to the truth when we splash our gaudy sayings in their eyes at every opportunity. Do you really think this is “opening them up to the Gospel”? Or is it really just another way for us to get smiles, waves, and approval from others in the “born-again club” out in the supermarket parking lot, who blow their horns with glee when they see your “Honk if you love Jesus!” bumper sticker?

What about those “other sayings”? You know, the quasi-biblical ones, like “Please be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet,” which can really be a horrible replacement for “I’m sorry.” (And besides, it puts the blame on the wrong person – “The reason I’m such a creep is because God isn’t finished with me yet.”)

And if you really want to play “Stretch the Bible” there is that other fabulous excuse that absolutely ends all quests or expectations for holiness: “Christians aren’t perfect… just forgiven!” Ah, how convenient. You might just as well say, “Christians aren’t moral, just forgiven!” or what about “Christians aren’t nice, just forgiven!” How about the ultimate? “Christians aren’t saved . . . just forgiven!” (That might be a little too deep.) What we’re saying by this glorious piece of prose is, “Madam, you cannot trust your teenage daughter with my Christian son, you’d better keep your eye on him . . . he’s not safe . . . he’s just forgiven!”

Maybe I’ve gone a little too far to make a point, but I think the world is completely sick to its stomach with our sayings and “witnessing tools.” It’s time for us to be expressing the truth with our lives, and then the whole truth of God with our lips!

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 20′th section)

What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 18 – The “Poor Jesus” Syndrome 18 of 21


Keith Green

Keith Green

This is the form of preaching that misuses the Scripture in Rev 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and  knock . . . ” How many evangelists have used that Scripture to paint a pathetic picture of Jesus standing outside a door, waiting, knocking,  knocking, waiting, for the sinner to open up and let Jesus in? Sometimes these preachers go on and on, until it starts to sound like, “Aw,  poor Jesus is out there in the cold, shivering, waiting for someone to let Him in. Won’t you go ahead and let poor Jesus into your heart?”

What a line of reasoning. First of all, this statement by the Lord in Revelation is not to the unsaved, it’s to the Church in Laodicea (see Rev 3:14). The picture is truly pathetic. Jesus is standing outside of His own church, knocking for them to let Him in! (Sound familiar?) And if  there’s any doubt left as to who He’s talking to, look at Rev 3:22, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the  churches.”

Second of all, the truth of the matter for sinners is the exact opposite. Jesus is not outside of their world, knocking to come in – they are  outside of His Kingdom! And they can knock all night like the five foolish virgins (Mat 25:11), but Jesus will never let them in unless  they meet the requirements: a humble and contrite heart, and a complete disgust for sin. Then, and only then, will God deliver them  from their slavery to sin – and transfer them by His grace to the Kingdom of His lovingkindness. God will never repent for someone – He  will take every step possible to make the sinner see the folly of his ways, but the final move is up to the individual himself. Each person  must make the final surrender, the desperate gasp of “I am a fool to run my own life! Lord, show me the way to your door, and I’ll knock  and knock, and beg forgiveness …I’ll do anything, anything, ANYTHING YOU SAY!” Then, and only then, will God save a sinner.(Psa 34:18; Psa 51:17; Isa 66:22; Luk 18:14; Jam 4:10)

 

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 18th section)

Marriage is a Mess and Homosexuals Didn’t Do It


This is an excellent article, I highly recommend reading it.

Marriage is a Mess and Homosexuals Didn’t Do It.

What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 17 – Other Man-Made Methods 17 of 21


Keith Green

Keith Green

Quick and Easy “1-2-3 Steps-To-Salvation” Booklets. I certainly cannot fault the intentions nor the integrity of the men and  organizations responsible for these little tools. One of the best known of these booklets has been printed in over 30 languages, and has  over 100 million copies in circulation. With that in view, it is even more urgent for me to say that unless these or any other “gospel”  booklets contain the same message that our Lord preached (and commanded His disciples to spread “to every kindred and nation”), then  they are worse than “inadequate tools,” they are wicked!

For the Bible says in Proverbs, “Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the unfaithful messenger to him who sends him.”  (Pro 10:26) Paul said that if we are really Christians, then we are “ambassadors of Christ” (2Co 5:20) – we are God’s sole  representatives in this foreign land called “the world.”

With that analogy in mind, consider what a president would think of an ambassador to a foreign country, say Russia, who is told to deliver  an extremely urgent message that will involve the peace of the whole world. And that ambassador (even with the best intentions) gives  only a small part of the message, in such a way as to make a very different impression – in fact, the exact opposite impression – than what  the president wanted to make. What do you think that president will do to the ambassador when he finds out the damage done?

Booklets like these usually mention a “sort-of” repentance like, “you must turn from your sins, to Jesus.” But they rarely explain what  “turning” really means. This is also true of such other vital terms such as “Lord” – they usually refer to Jesus as “Lord,” but again, they  seldom define “lordship” – and people go their merry way, believing they have the full right to continue running their own lives as long as  they call Jesus “Lord.” (See Mat 7:21; Luk 6:46)

I don’t care how many letters I get saying how much good has been done by such and such a ministry, or how many have been “saved”  through such and such a booklet. Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits ” (Matt 716) and in another place He said that “Your  fruit should remain” (Joh 15:16), which means it should last! I believe we shall see in that great day, when God spreads out the lives of  men in judgment, how many were truly converted by the efforts of these ministries, and how many were turned aside from the path of  righteousness – being led to believe the pleasant half-truths contained in these shallow and false epistles that have been printed to the  ends of the earth by people with “the best intentions, and the highest integrity.” (Mat 23:15)

 

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 18th section)

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