A Counterfeit Gospel

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 21

Gold Nugget
Verse 27: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with wicked intent!”

Commentary
Christianity (by name) has grown in acceptance and popularity over the years. It has become more attractive and rewarding to those that would not normally be interested in it. On the surface this may sound like a good thing, but a closer look at some of the reasons reveals an ugly truth. In reality, the truth of the Gospel is not attractive at all to the natural man. The scriptures teach us that our nature does not desire the things of God. We are self-centered people that have to be regenerated. We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). So what of this claim that “christianity” has become attractive to the world? Well, it isn’t really Christianity that has become attractive as much as “christianity” in name only. There has been a massive growth of “christianity” over the past several decades, but it is not all true Christianity. The “christianity” that has found an audience is one that actually appeals to this sinful nature of man. If there were a version of “christianity” that made it okay to love yourself, money, walk in pride instead of humility and bring glory to yourself, wouldn’t that appeal to the sinful nature in man? Of course it would and that is exactly what has happened. An overwhelming percentage of American churches are doing just that. If you teach me that giving my money away to your ministry will guarantee me a great financial return, my natural man will find that very attractive. If you can convince me that putting a hundred dollar bill in your pocket will guarantee me that somehow a thousand dollars will appear in mine, I am going to put one in each of your pockets, one in each hand and stick one in each of your ears. This doesn’t require any kind of love from me to you. Matter of fact it won’t even require any love from you to me. That describes much of American “christianity” and is very attractive to the sinful nature of man. The challenge is convincing them to give even after God has not honored their giving. It has not returned any blessing because “the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination”. The sacrifice (or gift) that is given is an abomination in God’s eyes. For one, it isn’t truly Christians that are doing this giving and receiving. As the first part of today’s “gold nugget” says, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination.”  In short, the gift (sacrifice) is often from wicked people (not children of God). The second half says, “how much more when he brings it with wicked intent!”  So it is bad enough that a wicked person gives a “gift”, but how much worse is it that he has evil intentions with it. He gives his gift for his own desire for personal gain. Like the guy that buys the hungry man food, because he knows the hungry man is about to receive a hefty inheritance. When we give, whether to the church, a ministry or any cause, we remove ourselves from the biblical aspect if we give because of selfish reasons.

Prayer
Lord, we know that there is a counterfeit gospel out there that has found a real audience. Help those of us that have refused this doctrine of man to be bold enough to counter the counterfeit by presenting the authentic Gospel that cannot be denied.  A good reflection of the true Gospel will expose the counterfeit. Amen


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2 comments:

  1. Steve, you are the Dude... I believe that You are speaking to the souls of many with the words of our Maker....

    Joe

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  2. Thanks, Joe. We must work while it is yet day, for darkness cometh where no man can work...

    Steve Vaughn
    steve@proverbfortoday.org

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