Beware of practicing a “Social Gospel”…

My friend Michelle just emailed me this info and I asked her if I could share it here on the blog. She is my go-to girl for keeping up with current events we Christians need to be concerned about.

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I just listened to Worldview Weekend with Brannon Howse, today’s radio broadcast was excellent.  Brannon is a great watchman on the wall of the world from a Christian perspective, just as it says in Isaiah 21:6,

For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

His information is about the false preachers who are, some of the time, very popular.  Christian or not, we are so busy we rarely stop to sort out what is right or wrong.  We get caught up in what is popular without thinking.  Yet, we need to stick with what the Bible says and we don’t need all of the extra books to make it understandable.  We also don’t need the “bling-bling” to make the Bible or church more attractive.  The following verses remind us not to be friends with the world.  The radio broadcaster here lets us know that we aren’t to help the gospel out using worldly means, but to learn our Bibles, and in so doing, we’re able to deal with the world…conforming more to godliness and less to the world.

James 4:4 
Ye adulterers and the adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 

1 John 2:15-16
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Are we dumbing down the gospel?  Are we with the “seeker sensitive” movement?  Are we affiliated with the Emergent Church?  Is preaching about sin, repentance, or the cross happening in our services?

Are our consciences seared?

1 Timothy 4:1-2
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Here is a quote from the broadcast:

“Contextualization as practiced (preached) by the false church is not preaching the Biblical gospel that transforms people living in the culture, but the preaching of a social gospel by the people who are transformed by the culture.”   –Brannon Howse

Listen to the broadcast here.  

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I also want to add that we need to be careful that in our “lukewarmness” (ie–willingness to let the world creep in to our Christianity) we aren’t falling into a form of practical atheism. Is God “personal” to you? Do you feel He speaks straight to you when you read your Bible? Do you feel deeply accountable to Him for every action? Do you believe that He keeps His promises? Do you believe that His words are relevant to your life?

God is a jealous God, and He expects us to “keep His words“.

When you seek Him as you read the Bible, be ready for His sword to pierce through your preconceived notions about godliness and about His character. Isaiah 29:13 is such a verse,

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men…

 

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