Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dressing Up Jesus

     The "cool" mind, with its supersensitivity to public opinion polls and popularity ratings, has unwittingly begun to alter the historic moorings of Christian truth in an attempt to make the truth of Christ more palatable to our degenerate culture.
     For instance, the gospel has been reduced to a message merely about forgiveness while the idea of regeneration and transformation seems almost totally forgotten. Grace has become simply a gigantic hug from God and is no longer the muscle of God brought to earth to aid the weakness of men and to give them strength. Faith has morphed into this bizarre idea of "honest doubt" and has lost its essence of rock-solid unwavering confidence in the ability of God to perform that which He promises. Holiness has transformed into moralistic tyranny for the soul and something to be avoided at all costs. Righteousness has been redefined to mean an unreachable standard of perfection. Purity has become nothing more than a legalistic attempt to stay away from things and thoughts that God knows we won't be able to abstain from anyway. Love has become unconditional acceptance and tolerance of sin. The list goes on and on. In our desperate attempt at dressing up Jesus to make both us and Him more appealing to the cool crowd, the simple beauty of truth has somehow become lost under all the pretension and makeup.
     The integrity of everything Christ came to accomplish and provide for His bride is hanging woefully in the balance, and there is hardly even a whisper these days about the travesty. If there was ever a time for fixer men and women, warrior men and women, truth-protecting men and women to rise up and do something, it is now.
 Eric Ludy, The Bravehearted Gospel, page 99-100

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