A different gospel?

Posted: January 8th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

I heard a sobering statistic the other day, (I wish I knew where you can get the information as I feel like I’m spreading a rumor without a way to confirm it.) something along the lines that 96% of the people who “get saved”, backslide. I look at the kind of men that Jesus’ life produced — Men who eventually gave their physical lives and gave up all they called their own just to follow His teaching. I know that God’s power to change us is eternal. I know that we are new creations and all things have become new. I have to ask myself then, why the difference between His converts and ours? I am left only with the convicting words that we are either not living the life He did so that men may follow that example; or God forbid, we are preaching a different gospel. We have either only lived a tiny bit of what He taught, or we have led others to the feet of our idol called “Christian.”

This goes back to my post about Paul telling Timothy to imitate him. Jesus said those words earlier in John 5:1, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.”

 I need to go pray now.

- mooney


  • http://billphillips.wordpress.com/ billphillips

    Hello,

    It’s been a while since I read the book, and I gave it away, but “Way of the Master” by Ray Comfort discusses some similar backsliding statistics in that book.

    Rarely when I hear a pastor present the Gospel do I hear him tell the proper way to get saved. They’ll have someone repeat the sinner’s prayer (not in the Bible) or ask Jesus into their heart (not in the Bible) or with every head bowed and every eye closed raise their hand (not in the Bible).

    Salvation comes by repentance and faith in Jesus (Mark 1:15). No wonder people aren’t getting saved.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  • Christian Fahey

    Moon, read “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” by Ray Comfort. He notes that modern evangelism (20th and 21st Century) has a terrible rate of recidivism of “converts.” He has also identified the problem and proposes the remedy. Check it out!

  • nate

    It really is a sobering moment when one realizes that there are a great many “Christians” that have never counted the cost. We think that as Christians we just need to say a prayer and everything will be good. We refuse to acknowledge that Jesus placed a few demand such as taking up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). That means more than just wearing your WWJD band or Christian t-shirt.

  • mooney

    Wow, it’s a Ray comfort theme. Isn’t he the guy on TBN with Kirk Cameron? I’ll have to look those books up when I get a chance.

    No doubt Nate. I don’t remember who said they saw one, but it was a t-shirt that read, “They will know we are Christians by our t-shirts”. That kind of thing is right up my alley.

    Peace and thanks for posting,

    - mooney