The church of Christ has become the church of man’s lust.
Sound doctrine has been evicted from the house of God, and man-made myths reign freely throughout Christendom.
Christianity is the religion of Jesus Christ and the Bible is the revelation of Jesus Christ (John 5:39 - 40, John 5:46 - 47, John 20:30 - 31, Colossians 2:16 - 17). As such, our theological systems should be governed by Christ. Our exegesis of the Bible should be overflowing with the excellencies of Christ and all he has done for us.
The main fare of today’s Christian teaching consists of motivational garbage, self-help refuse, cringe-worthy quotes, and an airy mysticism. How far we have fallen from proclaiming the glory of Jesus Christ and the salvation he wrought for us on the cross! How we have neglected the beauty and richness of the revelation of Jesus Christ as taught from Genesis to Revelation!
He is the Word through which God made all. He is the king who will return at the end of days and restore all things. He is our resurrection and life. He is our eternal, immutable, and transcendent truth. He is the hope of the world.
More than ever, it seems that people are using the holy name of Jesus Christ to procure wealth, fame, power, and sexual pleasure. What utter absurdity is taught at many pulpits around the world! What pure filth is poured from these preachers who have turned Christianity into the religion of man’s lust!
Even more amazing is the zeal with which large congregations flock each Sunday to hear the words of these charlatans, deceivers, and agents of the devil. It should not surprise us though. For the apostle Paul warned young pastor Timothy with these words:
For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths.
2 Timothy 4:3 - 4
If there was ever a time when this was true, it would be now. People don’t want to hear the truth, they want to hear myths that satisfy their carnal desires. They will go wherever the truth they conjured up in the recesses of their mind is taught.
The evidence today of a good pastor is not how well they preach Jesus Christ, but how many auditoriums they can fill with adoring fans. To attain this lofty position of celebrity status is the twisted pursuit of many a ‘pastor’. But these men and women do not speak the truth because they do not preach Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins.
They pay lip-service to Christ by mentioning his name or invoking his teaching, but they have no substance in their sermons. The words they speak are devoid of life and power because they are devoid of the one who would give them life and power.
It’s not enough to preach about Jesus Christ, you must preach Jesus Christ. A pastor should take a passage of holy scripture and through that passage call sinners to repentance and proclaim Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins. Every word should be dripping with the love and mercy of Christ. Every syllable should be infused with the power of the gospel of salvation.
Enough damage has been done to the church of Christ through the superficial, vacillating, perverted, false, and sometimes heretical garbage that is spewed forth from the mouths of many preachers.
They do not preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ, but a gospel of their own invention for their own benefit. They are in dire straits, as the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel—not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell!
Galatians 1:6 - 9
Condemned to hell. I hope you see how serious this is.
This is why I am writing. I see great darkness in the Christian church and the cords of the devil tightening around us. We need a reformation of the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are many churches who faithfully teach this gospel and they should be commended for their integrity. But we need a wholesale and widespread change. We need people to exercise discernment and reject the teachings of preachers that don’t align with scripture.
I hope to bring some of that change, God-willing, through what I write here. My writings will be mainly on theological topics, though with some philosophy sprinkled in when relevant. I also plan to share the writings of Christians from days past that I come across. We don’t always need the latest and greatest to be nourished. The writings of Christians throughout all of church history can be of great benefit to us.
Regardless of what I write, the focus will be on Jesus Christ. I want to demonstrate how Christian writings can and should be Christocentric. This does not mean anything essential to Christian doctrine is neglected, but that everything comes back to Christ and what he has done for us.
By the grace of God, these writings will be of help to you in your journey of discovering Jesus Christ as he is revealed to us in the Bible.