One of the biggest questions we need to answer to find the true meaning of the Gospel is, “Why did Jesus come into the world?” Ultimately, we know that He came to die and to be raised again because that was God’s eternal plan. But we also see from Jesus’ own words that He came to call sinners to repentance. John MacArthur sums it up well in his book The Gospel According to Jesus: “Why did Jesus come into the world? To call sinners – those who know they have a terminal disease, those who are hopeless and desperate, those who are hurting, those who are hungry and thirsty, those who are weak and weary, those who are broken, those whose lives are shattered – sinners who know they are unworthy yet long to be forgiven.”
Sadly, many have lost sight of this, and sometimes, this can result in incredibly disturbing, angering, sickening, heartbreaking and tragic results like in this video.
This “pastor” shows a disdain for God and His Word and for the people that are involved, and, ultimately for the Gospel itself. He was willing to allow this church to die in order to please a few people rather than upholding the Truths of God’s Word. He shows an incredible immaturity by swearing from the pulpit, and shows an extreme lack of Biblical knowledge and understanding, and an extreme lack of understanding of the Gospel. And my heart breaks for him and for those he has short-changed. MacArthur continues the idea of why Jesus came into the world:
“The truth is that unless people realize they have a sin problem, they will not come to Christ for a solution. People do not come for healing unless they know they have a disease; they do not come for live unless they are conscious that they are under the penalty of death; they do not come for salvation unless they are weary of the bondage of sin.
Thus Jesus came to expose us all as sinners. That is why His message was so penetrating, so forceful. It tore our self-righteousness away and exposed our evil hearts, so that we might see ourselves as sinners.
…those who think they are good enough – those who do not understand the seriousness of sin – cannot respond to the Gospel. They cannot be saved, for the Gospel is a call to sinners to repent and be forgiven.
No one who neglects to call sinners to repentance is preaching the Gospel according to Jesus. Our Lord came to save sinners. But to those who are unwilling to admit their sin, He has nothing to say – except to pronounce judgment.”
Sadly, this pastor doesn’t seem to have a grasp on this. Instead, he essentially asks like a skeptic why he should listen to a 2,000 year old book to tell him how to love others (sounds like he’s been listening too much to Rob Bell). Fortunately, it seems that many in this congregation were more wise to the Truths of Scripture than their pastor, and, “after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him” (Titus 3:10). What this pastor did reeks of the Enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy. He stole the Truth of the Gospel from his congregation, killed the faith of some of them and ultimately, destroyed that church.
Sadly, this isn’t an isolated incident. Many are giving up the authority of God’s Word, which has been questioned from the beginning by the Enemy. “Did God really say…” is behind each challenge to Scripture and the question continues to come up in the same ways it has throughout the history of God’s Word. The Word of God has withstood every test thrown at it. The trends have come and gone and this one will be no different. But the Word of God and the Truths of Scripture will remain the same and will stand firm just as they always have. It’s time we got back to preaching the Gospel according to Jesus! But, as always, we must do so in an attitude of humility, thankfulness, love and compassion. Many don’t understand that to truly love someone is to warn them of God’s coming judgment on those who refuse to repent. They instead think the loving thing to do is to affirm people in their sin and encourage them to live as they please, but nothing could be further from the truth.
My point in saying all of this is not to bash anyone. My heart truly breaks for those who question God’s Word and lead others astray because of it. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments.” So if we truly love Jesus and others, it will drastically change our lives so that we will not be able to help but want to obey Him. Will we stumble? Sure, all the time. But we will never live in a constant state of rebellion against what He has clearly laid out in His Word.
Much love in the Truth!