Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Preaching the Wrong Gospel

Two weeks ago, at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, author, speaker and Christian apologist Voddie Baucham told those in attendance that many people have been misled or given a false assurance of salvation by . . . pastors preaching a false Gospel.

According to an article from the Baptist Press, Baucham, an Elder at Grace Community Church in Magnolia, Texas, and an adjunct professor at The College of Biblical Studies in Houston and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, said that pastors misrepresenting the Gospel will often use humor to manipulate people rather than call them to repentance and faith in Christ. Baucham, who has a doctorate from Southeastern and is known as an "evangelist to intellectuals," based his message on I Corinthians 15.

The article goes on to report:

"If we don't understand who Jesus is, we don't understand the Gospel," Baucham said. "We allow them to believe in this warm, fuzzy Jesus who is not the Christ of the Scriptures. Jesus is not just a warm, fuzzy guy who wants to be your friend."

This type of preaching frequently fails to mention sin, Baucham said. Instead, society is blamed for man's failure.

"We don't just make bad choices," Baucham countered. "We weren't just raised by the wrong parents in the wrong neighborhood.

"It's sin -- we're sinners."


At Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:21:00 AM, Blogger God Driven (Damion) said...

I would says to Voddie's words ... AMEN. How can people believe in a Jesus that looks more like a monk and acts a like a care bear from my daughters toy collection?

We have a famous preacher here in Houston who refuses to call sin just that ... sin. He says that he does not feel called to say to someone that they have a sin problem. James 3:1 says, "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment."

Sin is our problem and as Christian's following Christ we should all come to realize that confessing sin in our daily lives is so very important to not just us but also the Church.


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