Let’s Get Down to the Truth
You know the “prosperity gospel.” The “name it and claim it gospel.” The "political gospel". The messages being preached on at least 90 percent of religious television. But what about the Gospel? What was it the apostle Paul was “unashamed” of?
Most Christians don’t understand what the true Gospel of Jesus is. In our church sanctuaries pastors neglect to preach the fear of God and eternal punishment. Church communities have grown to believe that all are saved and none will be lost. Meanwhile many other Christians lack assurance of their own salvation and focus on sanctification as their only ticket to Heaven.
They ignore what was historically introduced by Jesus, filled out by the apostle Paul, and articulated by the sixteenth-century Reformers. The Gospel has been brushed to one side, and evidence of this is seen in how churches are misleading and even mistreating people.
IT'S TIME TO BRING BACK WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE SAVED.
Respected author and theologian R. T. Kendall sounds a wake-up call for churches across the globe. Whatever Happened to the Gospel? seeks to reacquaint you with the Gospel and reignite a passion in your heart to know more of God.
- What churches need
It is good to hear Kendall's own voice reading this. Though I disagree with his exposition of heaven and hell, he makes very good points. The chapter on heaven drags on too long.
Kendall spends a long time talking about hell, which is well spent. He uses Matt 26:24 and Mk 14:21 which say that it would have been better for Judas if he had not been born. He says this is strong evidence that Judas will get eternal punishment. That is true. But the point is that Judas' sin was so bad that he will get this terrible punishment, which should make one shudder. But Kendall says that for most human beings, it would be better for them not to have been born.
Kendall is right that hell needs to be preached like John the Baptist did, but it needs to be preached accurately. The preaching that all non-Christians, good or bad, regardless of how they lived on earth, are punished in hell for eternity is not scriptural and is something pastors should be ashamed of preaching. We could get away with that 200 years ago, but not today.
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