A HIPPIE JESUS, HIPPIE CHRISTIANS, AND THE SOCIAL GOSPEL

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Matthew 9:11-13

There is a popular theme many within the church are subscribing to which says that Jesus occupied his time (hung out) with prostitutes, drunks, and every other sort of sinner known of that time. The idea claims that Jesus spent his time associating himself with those of ill repute, and worse, never judged them for the sin they were in. What those who promote such a belief is doing is sadly conforming Christ to a more tolerable, likable, person, in other words, they are re-creating the image of Jesus from one who stood against sin and sickness, to one of tolerance, who embraced all people and never judged them. What they are in essence are doing is presenting another Jesus and not the one of the Bible. It is a new Jesus and his gospel is a social gospel.

The social gospel is a concept which says that salvation is not brought about by conviction of the Holy Spirit, but one where the person understands that God accepts them as they are. The social gospel never offends, it never seeks to change the sinner from their sin, but allows the sinner to remain in their sinful state, but simply loves them and keeps them lost. This particular gospel (social) says that one does not condemn, but embraces, does not offend but accepts, does not judge but ignores. This social gospel message never produces a changed life, but instead produces a religious person that has a form of spirituality, but are spiritually dead inside. This is the message currently taking place today found in many churches throughout the nation – and it’s spreading.

 

One of the things that I hear quite a bit in the emails people send to me is that I’m not loving like Jesus. There’s not a day that goes by where someone doesn’t email me to tell me that I’m filled with hatred, but Jesus was loving and understanding towards sinners. They accuse me of failing to be like Jesus. I would like to address such allegations against myself and others like me who stand uncompromisingly against the evils and wickedness of our time. I would like to present to you some Biblical facts about the Lord Jesus Christ, facts that you’ve probably never heard before (or have heard, but never wanted to accept). The fact is Jesus was not always the loving pacifist that so many would like to make Him out to be. The truth is, Jesus did get angry, sometimes even violent!

The fact is that Jesus did get angry sometimes…real angry…so angry that He actually fabricated a whip of cords, went into the temple, and started beating people. Jesus started flipping their tables over, hurling everything onto the temple floor. People were fleeing the temple for fear. They probably said ,”This guy has gone crazy…we’re out of here!” Jesus let their doves go free (costing them a financial loss). He threw their money all over the floor…

“And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables” -John 2:15

Can you imagine? Is this our precious Savior acting like a mad man? Yes, it most certain is. Jesus was very angry to put it mildly. What do you think would happen to someone who did today exactly what Jesus did back then in the temple that day? The person would immediately be arrested and charged with created a public disturbance, assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing, vandalism of public (private) property, etc. The judge would force the person into mandatory psychiatric counseling. If an undercover police officer were present at the time of the violent incident, the person would probably have been killed on the spot. So don’t tell me about how loving Jesus was all the time. Yes, Jesus was more loving than any person who ever lived, but He also hated sin like no other…

“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” -Hebrews 1:9

Jesus was a perfectly balanced individual, He loved righteousness and equally hated sin. 95% of all self described Christians have no feeling toward righteousness far more than they hate sin. In fact, most professed Christians don’t hate sin at all; rather, they live in it. Jesus did not go to gay parades and pass out pizza. Jesus never would endorse Harry Potter like most Christians do. Jesus hated sin and preached against it. Yes he loved those who were lost, but he was desperately trying to warn them that if they did not repent and follow him, they would die lost, in a place called hell. Christ never once left the sinner where they stood, he confronted them where they stood and either they received him or they rejected him, but there was no ignoring his strong method when it came to sin.

The truth is, Jesus wasn’t hesitant to offend people with the truth! Jesus reminded a woman about her adulterous affairs at the well (John 4:3-42). Jesus told Nicodemus he had to be born again (John 3:7). Jesus rebuked his own disciple, Peter (Matthew 16:23).

Was Jesus direct when dealing with people, even sinners? In John chapter four we read about the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well. In John 4:18, Jesus tells her that she is an adulterer (Matthew 5:32). Wow! Can you imagine meeting someone for the first time and they bring up your adulterous relationships? Today he would have been told “Don’t judge me”.

Did Jesus ever hurt someone’s feelings?

Did you ever read that passage of Scripture where Jesus made someone sorrowful? “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” (Matthew 19:21-22). The truth needed to be spoken! Jesus didn’t kowtow and beat-around-the-bush. No, Jesus said what needed to be said. Why? Because he was dealing with man’s eternal state, that unless they repented, they would be eternally separated from God.

Jesus called a group of religious people “evil” snakes. It was not uncommon for Jesus to speak harsh words to those whom He felt needed to hear them, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” -Matthew 12:34

Wow!, Jesus called those religious people “evil.” Doesn’t sound like a very nice thing to do, huh? The diversity committee wouldn’t have liked Jesus’ outbursts of contempt and hate speech very much would they? Jesus would have been very unpopular in today’s apostate world. Jesus even called them “vipers” (deadly snakes).

Jesus calls one of His own Disciples “Satan”. Jesus didn’t discriminate, He evidently seemed to hate everyone, even His own disciples. Listen to what Jesus said to the Apostle Peter when Peter showed concern for Christ’s well-being, “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matthew 16:23). Peter was only trying to be a friend. Peter couldn’t have been anymore sincere. You’d think Jesus would have been a little more understanding with those closest to Him. Rather, Jesus called Peter “Satan.” Wow!, talk about hate speech.

Jesus accuses one of His disciples of being “a devil”. Jesus, while at the dinner table with His disciples, called one of them a “devil”, “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” (John 6:70). Jesus’ didn’t seem to regard His own family either, “Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?” (Matthew 12:47-48).

Jesus sure had a different side to Him that most people don’t see (and don’t want to see). Jesus taught that many people will one day burn in Hell. Everyone likes to think about the “God loves you” Jesus, but no one wants to think about the “You’re going to burn in hell” Jesus. Well, here He is, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Can it be? Is the Loving Saviour actually saying that people will one day burn in the torments of an everlasting fire? Yes, that is exactly correct.

Jesus said, do it my way, or burn in Hell when you die! “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). That doesn’t sound very diversified does it? Do it My way or burn in hell! In fact, Jesus was extremely adamant that there is ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN…

Simply put, it’s Jesus or hell. Strippers, prostitutes, pimps, drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, are on the wrong path. Many people are on the wrong path. That means that the social gospel being preached by many in today’s politically correct culture is a false gospel because they teach that good works, or being a sinners friend (friendship evangelism) are all that is necessary to enter into heaven. The social gospel is a bunch of lies. The fact is, Jesus proclaimed that FEW people will ever make it into heaven, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.” Luke 13:24-27

Hell will be filled with religious people who mocked and scorned the precious name of Jesus Christ, while idolizing the concept of a more tolerable gospel message. Truth is INTOLERANT, it cannot be compromised. 2+2=4, nothing can change that. If some liar wants to teach people that 2+2=34 it still doesn’t change the truth. If some people are gullible enough to believe the lie, that is their misfortune; but the truth hasn’t changed one bit.

The Truth

After all the things I just showed you about Jesus from the Bible, you might be wondering about Jesus’ character. Well, let me settle your mind, Jesus was justified in everything He ever said or did while upon the earth. According to God’s Word, Jesus never sinned one time (2nd Corinthians 5:17, Hebrews 4:15). There was a spiritual truth, a heavenly reason, a greater purpose, behind every seemingly unkind thing Jesus ever did or said. Likewise, my website does offend many people, even appearing as “hateful” or “selfish” from a quick glance.

The problem with so many people is that they love people and things, but not God. We are living in a wicked world that speaks and sings of love, while simultaneously sacrificing God and His Word on the alter of sinful compromise. The wicked world wants to achieve unity between the righteous and the wicked, but there can be NO unity. Why? Because God’s holiness cannot be compromised…God never changes (Malachi 3:6). The same God that hated homosexuality back in the Old testament hates the same abominable sin today. Christ-honoring Christians will never stop preaching against the vile sin of homosexuality (or any other sin for that matter). Why? Simply because God never changes.

Jesus expressed His love at times in unconventional manners that mad people angry or frustrated at Him. John the Baptist was the greatest man born amongst women the Bible declares (Mathew 11:11). No doubt, Jesus loved John dearly. Yet, John didn’t understand why he was rotting in a prison while God incarnate was walking the earth. I mean, John had done his very best to prepare the people for the Lord’s coming, now he’s on death row locked up behind bars. John became discouraged and even questioned Christ’s legitimacy, “And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?” (Luke 7:19)

Jesus was no wimp, no spineless coward, no compromiser…Jesus was a man’s man, the Son of God, God incarnate. Jesus cared for others and loved His family and friends. However, love cannot supercede truth. True love occurs within the framework of truth. If love is not based upon truth, then it is not God’s love. We love you enough to tell you the truth, even though we may risk becoming unpopular or being disliked for it. That is the nature of the true gospel message.

So to those of you who think that Jesus never spoke a harsh word or never criticized someone else’s religion…you are very wrong! Jesus was quite outspoken and didn’t worry about offending people. Jesus was much rather willing to be divided over truth, than to be united by error. Jesus flipped over tables, threw people’s things on the floor, assaulted them with a whip, and then drove them out of the building. Jesus told some people that they would one day be weeping and gnashing their teeth after being cast into outer darkness (Matthew 8:12). Jesus was no respecter of persons and spoke the plain truth without apology. That’s what you call “tough love.” Let us follow in the Saviour’s footsteps by doing the same. God deliver us from this generation of sappy believers and their social gospel.

 

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

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