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No Nice Gospel

December 2, 2008

He will become a stone of offense (Isa. 8:14)
And they took offense at him (Mat. 13:57)
Blessed is the one who is not offended by me (Jesus in Matt. 11:6)
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him (1Cor. 1:23)

The truth of God is not only folly to unbelievers, but offensive as well. All of God’s truth must be so. The world believes and desires all that is not from God and wants to remain in that fallen and sinful condition. Thus, God’s truth and His people and His Son are offensive to the world and always will be.

In the four gospels people are repeatedly challenged by an offensive Jesus. But, these people are themselves an offence to God because they have rejected Him and have followed Satan. The only way for them to escape from their offensiveness to God is for them to accept Jesus’ offensiveness.

Those who remain offended at Jesus remain in their sin and will be lost. This is why Jesus said Blessed is the one who is not offended by me (Jesus in Matt. 11:6). The one who is not offended by Jesus has come to accept what is offensive to the world. But, in the end, the world remained offended at Christ and so they crucified Him. He is still offensive because the cross is itself an offense that must not be removed (Gal. 5:11).

For someone to be forgiven for their offense against God they must agree with what is naturally offensive to them. And, to grow in Christ a Christian must continue to agree with what their flesh and unredeemed minds find offensive.

The gospel, and all of god’s truth, is a direct contradiction and challenge to a person’s most fundamental and cherished beliefs and feelings. God’s truth violates all of the accepted norms and niceties of human culture, even church culture.

Proclaim the truth of God, even in a kind and gentle way, and you will be offensive, even to the church. Live like Jesus and you will be offensive to everyone. Act just once in such a manner that your actions show you fear God alone and not man nor culture and you will immediately cause a scandal and be offensive. But, dear saints, We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).

Christ mocked the Pharisees. Imagine mocking false religious leaders today. It would be the Christians who would have a fit, not the followers of the false teachers. They’d say, “That’s not very Christ-like…to mock them.” Rubbish! Let me tell you something, Christ-likeness is not what some apostate professor says Christ was like. Nor is Christ-likeness what some hyper-sensitive, easily offended, self-centered, immature Christian says it is. Christ-likeness is not what polite church culture says it is. Christ-likeness is not what some maneuvering, posing, schmoozing elder or pastor who never offends says it is. Christ-likeness is what the Bible says He was like (from Ian Paisley).

Read the gospels sometime and notice how discourteous and offensive Christ was. A nice gospel is a weak gospel. A gospel that never offends is not the true gospel. But, keep in mind that it is our message, not ourselves, that must be offensive to the world, Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God (1Cor. 10:32). Though, even if you speak the truth in love and your speech is seasoned with salt, you will be accused of being offensive because of the message you proclaim.

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  1. December 2, 2008 9:47 am

    Of course, the gospel is marvelously good news, also. Those with whom Jesus clashed most were the religious conservatives of his day, more concerned about being right than caring for others. They were, indeed, offended by Jesus apparent lack of concern for the law, which would have been, to them, a lack of concern for obedience to the Bible.

    But to the outcast, the dishonored, Jesus’ message is “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

    Jesus offends the religious and comforts society’s outcasts. All too often, we in the church offend society’s outcasts and comfort the religious. Oops!

  2. dikayo permalink
    December 2, 2008 3:16 pm

    Hi;

    The Gospel, the real-Gospel is the only antidote and cure for our disease (sin). A watered-down those won’t help and will only make our later state worse than the first.

    I we preach ‘another gospel’ let us be accursed.

    Let is go and share the real-Gospel today… While we still have time.

    God bless.

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