What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green


Keith Green

Keith Green

We live in age where there are more ‘churches’ than have ever been before and sadly’ places where people can actually hear the Gospel being preached to them are few and far between. I hope and pray that you are blessed to worship where Christ’s true gospel is being taught. Chances are good however that you have no idea what the Gospel really is because you’ve been taught a man centered – your best life now lie – and not a Christ centered gospel. 

I recently came across a copy of this article by Keith Green on a theWord bible program module and wanted to share this with you. I dont know who transcribed this work into a theWord module but we definitely owe them a debt of gratitude. Directly below is that is the Title page created by the module transcriber followed by Keith’s own introduction to this brief but important work. I will post one section daily until it all fifteen sections have been completed. DJH

Keith Gordon Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist originally from Sheepshead Bay, New York. Green is best known for his strong devotion to Christianity and his unwavering efforts to stir others to the same. Notable songs written by Green and/or his wife, Melody Green, include “I Don’t Wanna Fall Away From You”, “You Put This Love In My Heart”, “Your Love Broke Through”, and “Asleep In The Light”, as well as the modern hymns “O Lord, You’re Beautiful”, “There Is A Redeemer”, and “Create In Me A Clean Heart”.
Green was killed on July 28, 1982, when a small airplane leased by Last Days Ministries crashed on takeoff from a private airport referred to in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) crash report as Garden Valley Airport. Green had planned to give visiting friends an aerial view of the Last Days Ministries property. Two of Green’s children, three year old Josiah, and two year old Bethany, were on board the plane, as was pilot Don Burmeister, and friends John and Dede Smalley and all six of their children. All passengers were killed in the crash. Crash investigators determined that the aircraft was nearly 450 lbs. (202 kg) overweight with 12 passengers and only 7 seats.
On November 27, 2001, Keith Green was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was honored with the ASCAP Crescendo Award at the 28th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards presentation dinner on April 3, 2006. Melody was present to receive the award.

Personal note: I never met Keith Green nor was I able to attend any of his concerts. I was introduced to him by subscribing to the Last Days Newsletter and reading his columns which led to my listening to his music. One of his albums, Songs For A Shepherd, was offered ‘for sale’ at bookstores and through the newsletter for whatever you wanted to donate. Needless to say, bookstores didn’t care for this policy. At a concert in Tulsa, Keith called the students and faculty (and other attendees) ‘snakes and vipers.’ Keith did what he felt God told him to regardless of what others thought of him.
The news of his death shocked and stunned me. Besides my admiration for his Christian principles and go-for-God-at-all-costs attitude, I felt an additional kinship since he and I were born in the same year and married in the same year(silly reasons, I know).
I look forward to talking with him.

NOTE: The section divisions are there for easier reading.

(Introduction by Keith Green Follows)

I know that the title of this article will possibly raise some worried eyebrows. At first glance, some might say to themselves, “Oh no, Keith has gone too far this time!” But let me quickly put those possible reactions to rest. To the question, “What’s wrong with the Gospel?” I can easily answer, “Absolutely nothing!” That is, of course, if you’re talking about the Gospel of the Bible – the very message that Jesus preached – what the apostles Peter, Paul, John, and the others devoted their very lives (and deaths) to. (Phi 1:20-21)

No, there’s nothing at all wrong with this message from heaven. But what about the stuff that’s being preached today? Is it truly “gospel-preaching”? Are the evangelists that preach in churches and arenas, on radio and television – are they preaching what Jesus called the Gospel?(Mat 4:23; Mar 1:14-15; Luk 3:16-18) And what about the mountains of modern “gospel literature”? You know, the tracts, pamphlets, comic books, newspapers, etc. Do they really contain the same message – the whole message – about the salvation that Jesus offered? How are we answering the awesome question that people are still asking the Church, as they asked on the day of Pentecost, “Men and brethren, what shall we do to be saved?”(Luk 3:10; Luk 3:12; Luk 3:14; Act 2:37; Act 16:30)

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 1’st section)

 

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About Dave Harman
I was found by Jesus April 9, 1975. I married the love of my life Helen, August 19, 1978. We have one daughter, Elizabeth, whose husband and two children live nearby. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January 1997. In January 2004, Jesus Christ healed me and I have been symptom free ever since.

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