The results of a faulty Gospel call

I am becoming increasingly convinced that many of the problems experienced in modern evangelical churches are the result of unregenerate church members — and it is an epidemic. If this is true, then the question we need to address is this: How did so many lost people come to be ranked among believers?

The answer: We have been preaching and teaching a false Gospel. We have embraced decisionism rather than calling men to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We have reduced the true Gospel down to “pray this prayer” or “ask Jesus into your heart” without telling people what Jesus, Himself, taught us about following Him.

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” — Matthew 16:24

Denying ourselves and taking up our cross (a symbol of dying) is a far cry from the modern version of the Gospel where we “punch our ticket” to heaven, or make sure we have our spiritual “fire insurance.”

Jim Elliff, the president of Christian Communicators Worldwide, deals with the faulty Gospel call here.

Paul Washer, the president of HeartCry Missionary Society, discusses the disastrous results of proclaiming such a Gospel…


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

2 Responses to The results of a faulty Gospel call

  1. Lyn says:

    Absolutely. Couldn’t agree more!

  2. Joanna says:

    I concur.

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