What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green 2 of 16


Keith Green

Keith Green

In today’s post Keith asks a very important question: Is our Gospel, the Gospel?.

I believe with all my heart that Jesus would be ashamed of most of the “gospel” messages and sermons that are being preached today, mainly because they lack almost every major point He Himself preached on. (Mar 8:38; Rom 1:16; 2Ti 1:8) How dare we try to change the Gospel. We remove most of its vital parts, and replace them with artificial limbs of our own. (Gal 1:6-7)

Isn’t Jesus the master evangelist? Shouldn’t we judge our evangelism by His example?(Eph 5:1, 1Pe 2:21; 1Jo 2:6) Was His message anything like what we’re hearing today? It is my intention to try to briefly cover in Section 1 each of the major parts of the Gospel that have been “surgically” removed in most of today’s preaching. And in Section 2, we will go over each of the “new additions” that have become a very part of our modern gospel.

The Removed Parts Of The Gospel
The Blood of Jesus. It’s a fact that the very word blood scares people. It’s also a fact that the blood of Christ scares the devil, because it is the only cleansing agent for a sin-sick soul.(Mat 26:28; Act 20:28; Rom 3:25, Rom 5:9; Eph 1:7; Eph 2:13; Col 1:20; Heb 9:14; Heb 9:22; Heb 10:19; Heb 13:12; 1Pe 1:2; 1Jo 1:7; Rev 1:5; Rev 5:9; Rev 12:11; Rev 19:13) Can you imagine what the preaching and writings of Paul would have been like, if he had been as squeamish in proclaiming the magnificent power and beauty of the blood of Jesus as our generation of preachers are? What we have now is a bloodless gospel!

Today, people are afraid to think and preachers are afraid to make them. The whole concept of Jesus being the Passover Lamb of the Old Testament(Exo 12:23-24; Isa 53:7; Luk 22:15; Joh 1:29; Joh 1:36; 1Co 5:7; 1Pe 1:19; Rev 5:6; Rev 5:12; Rev 7:14; Rev 22:1; Rev 22:3) has been lost – “It takes too much time and thought to explain,” you will hear some say. (Heb 5:11-14) “We need to simplify the Gospel so that we can reach the masses.” Oh, what logic! Remove the blood from the preaching of the Gospel, and you remove the power to conquer the devil for the souls of men!

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 2nd section)

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)

 

Real New Testament Prophets in Action


Acts 21:8 On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied. 10While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” (ESV)

Philips daughters were recognized prophetess but there is no record of any prophetic words spoken by them. Agabus, who is also a prophet comes & delivers a word under direct revelation by the Holy Spirit. This word does nothing to change Paul’s plans. Agabus, though a prophet, had no authority.

In modern times this meeting could have been a full blown charismaniac spectacle, people ‘imparting’, or ‘token’ baby jesus, barking & howling a-la Toronto’ & God knows what else. But since these were real New Testament Apostles, prophets, bishops, evangelists, & elders, – and not the bogus ones prevalent today in some circles – everything was done decently and in order,

This is a prime example of how the New Testament prophet differed from the Old. In the Old the prophet was the man who delivered the Word of God that must be obeyed. In the new their function is to ‘speak(s) to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.’ 1 Cor 14:3 (ESV) A far cry from the Old Testament Prophets’ mantel of authority. That mantel passed to the first century Apostles – and I’m talking about all of them – not just the Twelve.

I would like to point out that Agabus’ recorded prophecies – there are two – are 100% accurate. Too many false apostles & prophets have gone out claiming an authority and power that they simply do not have. They claim to speak the very Words of God but prove themselves to be blaspheming liars. They either contradict scripture or make predictions that never come to pass. They prove themselves to be charlatans by their own words & deeds.

Warning Stones


After the recent earthquake here in Virginia I remembered a NYT article I read last April: Tsunami warnings, written in stone, saved some.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/world/asia/21stones.html?pagewanted=all

The article tells of an old stone marker in Japan, that was set at the point of the farthest reach of a tidal wave that hit Japan 600 years ago. The people at this village have always obeyed this warning from their ancestors and so they survived the latest tsunami.

The article goes on to say that these kinds of stones are common throughout Japan, many as far as 3 miles inland. Some of the locals have faithfully obeyed them through the generations. In other areas these ancient warnings have been ignored. It was considered inconvenient to have to commute so far to their fishing boats. I’m sure that many were enticed to live within the danger zone because of the beauty as well as the availability of prime coastal property.

In some areas the stones have been neglected over time: The carved writing has weathered away. The stones have been covered with vegetation. The people couldn’t be bothered to keep up or heed these warnings. When the wave came, they died.

Are We Ignoring Our Ancient Stones?

I am convinced that yes, we American Christians are largely ignoring the ancient stones – or landmarks as the bible calls them – that God has given to us. In Proverbs 22:28 (ESV) – it says ‘Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.’ Instead of hearing about the Jesus who came to free us from our sins, a ‘new’ gospel is preached that teaches that Jesus came to free us to sin. Repentance has become old fashioned and obsolete. We want a God who will allow us to continue to live for ourselves and give us material wealth and health. We are guilty of idolatry because  we have fashioned a god by our own hands. Instead of preaching the Jesus Christ who was crucified, who died for us, and was raised to life by the power of God – the Christ who accepts all who humbly repent and call on Him – we have fashioned a new age politically correct religion which lacks the power to save and is certainly no gospel at all.

So what exactly are our landmarks? What warnings have been ‘carved in stone’ for us that are going unheeded? It’s spelled out plainly in the  Bible. Both testaments together show the fullness of God’s nature. It shows us that from even before the beginning of time, God had a plan to rescue us. It’s full of examples of how people pleased him and walked with him, and how they displeased him and sometimes paid the price for that lack of faith and obedience.  

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:11 (ESV) “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” The context refers to the Children of Israel that were led out of Egypt by Moses. It warns us that the things that happened to them – how they rebelled, murmured, and complained; and how they were judged by the Lord and severely punished was to warn and instruct us not to act the way they did. Check it out for yourself. Read the 10 th chapter of 1 Corinthians.

The only way to heaven is by faith in Christ alone, but both the New and Old Testaments make it abundantly clear that we were created to walk with God. He is holy and doesn’t tolerate sin. We were created to live closely with Him, to hear Him, speak with Him, love Him, trust Him, please Him, and obey Him.

Simply put: pay attention to the ‘warning stones’, the landmarks God has given. Don’t ignore them or allow them to fade with time. Your life depends on it. Don’t allow yourself to be deceived into thinking that just because ‘the wave’ has never reached where you are now, that it never will.


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