It is often overlooked that the Bible holds the local Church accountable for the content of preaching in that local church. Paul admonished the Church in Galatians to not put up with “another gospel.” I’ve been blogging about “other gospels” recently and want to refer you to a book that has been very helpful to me in this regard: Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax.
This book does a great work exposing the subtle yet significant departures from the gospel that are present in the Church today. Given the influence that our culture is having upon the Church today, it is imperative that every Christian read this book. I’m asking pastors to join me in preaching the gospel as it is revealed in the Bible. Preach the Word. Preach Jesus. Tell the great story of God sending His Son Jesus to be our Savior. Then tell the story again. Be creative. Be contemporary. Be different. Be old-fashioned. Style points don’t matter but the gospel must be preached.
Worship in heaven as recorded in Revelation 5 tells a story. Jesus is worshiped as the Lamb who was slain. Throughout eternity we will know that Jesus was the Lamb who was slain. We will never have a conscious moment when we think that we are there because we lived a great life. We will always be aware that we needed God to send His Son to be our Savior.
Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-- which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Galatians 1:6-9 (NIV)
The true gospel is the story about Jesus. The true gospel will always be easy to recognize because it’s Christ-centered and not man-centered. The true gospel runs throughout the entirety of Scripture and doesn’t need to be improved, updated or changed. It simply needs to be told.
I am also indebted to a statement that I found in one of R.C. Sproul’s book because of its simplicity and clarity:
“You are required to believe, to preach and to teach what the Bible says is true, not what you want the Bible to say is true.” Chosen By God, page 4.
Christians everywhere should demand nothing less of their pastors than this – preach the true gospel.