Sunday, January 4, 2009

A.W. Pink on the gospel

From A.W. Pink's 'Present day evangelism'
Alas, alas, God's way of salvation is almost entirely unknown today, the nature of Christ's salvation is almost universally misunderstood, and the terms of His salvation misrepresented on every hand. The "Gospel" which is now being proclaimed is, in nine cases out of every ten--but a perversion of the Truth! Tens of thousands, assured they are bound for heaven--are now hastening to hell as fast as time can take them!It is the bounden duty of every Christian, to have no dealings with the evangelistic monstrosity of the day, to withhold all moral and financial support of the same, to attend none of their meetings, to circulate none of their tracts. Those preachers who tell sinners that they may be saved without forsaking their idols, without repenting, without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ--are as erroneous and dangerous as others who insist that salvation is by works, and that heaven must be earned by our own efforts!

It must be stated time and time again that the so-called gospel going out is no gospel at all, it's nothing more than cheap insurance. Such a cheap gospel has produced endless headaches for churches and endless shame to Christianity. To follow in the footsteps of Christ, according to His example in the gospels would be to DISCOURAGE people AWAY from the gospel if they have no desire to change, to surrender, to obey. The call to salvation is a call to obedience. Why did Jesus Christ die? II Corinthians 5:15 states: and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. No longer living for themselves, but for Christ. In fact the worst 'salesman' in history is without a doubt JESUS CHRIST, consider some of the things he spoke to the 'crowds'. Why? Jesus KNEW the WORTH of the GIFT (God) of salvation, He knew the POWER of it, and those who neither valued it's worth or wanted it's sanctifying power would NOT get it. I agree with Pink that this is not just a matter of non-essential differences, NO rather this is about the CORE of Christianity, that is why we must distance ourselves from such mess.

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