What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 11 – Section 2: “The Added Parts”, Introduction 11 of 21*

Keith Green

Keith Green

In each generation there have been various ways and means used to secure the attention of sinners so that they may be shown the truth  and then led into a saving knowledge and true relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a fact that man is a creature of habit. He loves form, doesn’t like things to change “too quickly,” and he clings to tradition.  Unfortunately (for man), God is no such person. Though something has never been tried before, God simply does not care. His only  concern is that it is the wisest and most direct way of accomplishing His desire.

This of course, threw the children of Israel into many a panic. “What’s God doing now?” If there was a big sea in the way, no problem, He  just split it. If there wasn’t any water, snap! A drinking fountain from a rock. Food running low? Presto! It’ll rain bread in the morning.  And Jesus had the same way of dealing with things. When His disciples were far from shore, it didn’t matter, Jesus just strolled over the  waves. Problem with the weather? “Shut up wind!” And so it went . (Exo 14:21-22; Exo 16:4; Exo 17:6; Mat 14:25; Mar 4:39)

Now as you can see in the Bible, God had a lot of problems with man and his traditions. Just take a look at the Jews – how they loved their  temple, their sacrifices, their Sabbath – too bad they didn’t care much for their God. And Jesus ran up against the whole stubborn lot of  them. “Did you see that? Why, He healed on the Sabbath!” (Luk 13:14) At every turn, Jesus tried to show them the truth, using the  wisest reasoning and the best examples, but they kept getting hung up on His methods – touching lepers, raising the dead, hanging out  with sinners, whipping moneychangers – it scared them to death!(Mat 8:2-3; Mat 9:11; Joh 2:15; Joh 11:43-44) Their religion was basically peaceful, very solemn and quiet. But  Jesus… why Jesus had the whole town in an uproar at least once a week! You can see why He bothered them; He disturbed their nice  little religion… with the truth! (Joh 8:44-45)

It is obvious that God anoints men and women who are completely yielded to His Spirit. He also anoints methods and tools that we use –  meetings, tracts, books, music, witnessing, preaching, etc. – when they are also fully submitted to Him in faithfulness. But there is a great  danger when man (or even God) designs a tool to be used for God’s glory, and then as time passes, people’s attention starts to be fixed on  the tool itself, rather than on the glory of God (which it was originally designed to promote).(See 2Ki 18:4 – Because it had become an idol, King Hezekiah had to destroy the same bronze serpent that Moses had made in Num 21:8, which was used to stop the plague of death among the Israelites. This is the same bronze serpent refererred to by Jesus in reference to Himself, in Joh 13:14 !)

The following is a list of just some of the tools, methods, and concepts that I believe have become so much a part of presenting the  modern gospel, that they have become just about inseparable from it. In fact, they are to such an extent considered necessary, that if  many of them are left out of an evangelistic meeting, Christians can hardly believe that anyone can be saved there.

* I discovered I had miscounted the number of sections. My apologies for any confusion.

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 12th section)

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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