Go to your local christian bookstore and check out the titles. Noticeably missing are books that focus on the Gospel. There are some there, but you may need a ladder or flashlight to find them. You will find titles called, The Shack, Sex God, 21 Ways to Finding Peace & Happiness: Overcoming Anxiety, Fear, and Discontentment Every Day, Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day, and Claim Your Victory Today: 10 Steps That Will Revolutionize Your Life. Why do we not see books such as The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul up front when we walk in the door. I have seen articles comparing The Shack to The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. How far have we fallen that a book with false teachings about the Trinity could be compared with a classic like Bunyan’s book? It is not the christian bookstores fault. Much of the problem can be traced to the church down the street.
Christians no longer have a desire for meaty subjects, because most pastors feed them sugar. Preachers from the 1700’s and 1800’s would be ran out of most churches today. Why? Because nearly every message contained the Gospel. They preached from the Bible and they were unashamed of it. They were less concerned with making the congregation happy, and more concerned about making God happy. No topical sermons on how to have your best life now. People have become so full of this watered down preaching that they look for books of the same sort. If a non-christian can hear a sermon and completely agree with it, there is a problem with the message. The Gospel is offensive to those not in Christ. I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the number of Christians who would gladly sit through a sermon that would make Oprah proud. I want some meat when I hear a sermon. I don’t come to church so that I can leave feeling good about myself. I come to church to be fed. I want to leave with some meat to chew on. It is time for pastors to preach the Gospel, and for churches to get rid of the ones who are not. We need to stop buying worthless Christian self help books, and start buying books that actually equip us for ministry.
Are you unsure what you are being fed by your pastor? Listen to almost any message by Paul Washer and you will hear Gospel preaching. You don’t have to agree with all his doctrine, but you will get the Gospel as it should be presented. If you have been getting nothing but sugar from your pastor, you will be offended as soon as Mr. Washer opens his mouth. The church has lost it’s power, because it has lost the Gospel. If we return to the Gospel, we will see the Spirit move in the church again. It is all about Christ on the cross, and Him crucified for our sins. Jesus did not die so we could be healthy and wealthy. Pastors take up your cross and feed your sheep.
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