The 'palatable' gospel

Check out this first paragraph of an article by Michael Brown:

One of the greatest failures of the contemporary Church of America is our attempt to make the gospel of Jesus palatable to lost sinners, our effort to take away its offense, remove its reproach, water down its contents, and explain away its standards. In doing so, we dishonor the Lord and contribute to the damnation of the lost. It’s time we wake up and repent of this worldly, faithless approach.


Seems like he’s put a lot of people into one bucket.

Your thoughts?

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  • pietrosquared June 12, 2013 Reply

    In Scripture, I don’t think the Gospel (whatever that means to everybody) was offensive to lost sinners, it was offensive to “found pharisees” just like it is today.

  • james June 12, 2013 Reply

    Oh Wow!
    Have you lost the whole point! Man, I think you’re out to lunch.
    Oops! Gospel means WHAT?
    It was only an offense to the religious! Oh, my could that be we’re supposed to walk around in sack cloth and ashes and be an offense so we can SAVE THEM!

    WOW, who turned this guys clerical collar inside out or backwards.
    Sinners flocked to Jesus, because he was an offense???? They new He loved them, forgave them, wanted more for them, fought their right to be free.
    Boy have we got the gospel twisted. That kind of perspective is what turns the world off. How people do you know were brought to Him through criticism, marginalizing, condemning. Etc.
    Thanks Todd, for printing this, I really appreciate another example of why the Church of Jesus is so rejected by our culture. Not because of it’s unconditional love but by its intolerance, lack of love, judgmentalism, marginalization of certain “sin” groups.
    I sincerely do appreciate this, because the real church has a lot of work to do.

  • Dave June 12, 2013 Reply

    Unfortunately, we may be guilty as charged! I have way too many people in my church who don’t seem to know what is pleasing to God and what is not. I think the root of this problem is ignorance about what the Bible actually says! Jesus told the Sadducees in Matthew 22, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” We have a “form of religion but deny the power of it” and our people are often illiterate when it comes to the Scriptures. I suspect many are on a starvation diet of one Scriptural meal per week!

  • Dave June 12, 2013 Reply

    What is a good definition of lukewarm?

  • Gary Sweeten June 12, 2013 Reply

    Sharing the gospel to unbelievers is different from teaching believers how to grow and be changed. If we are not making that distinction throughout the life of ministry we develop stunted believers.

  • Dale M Kleimola June 13, 2013 Reply

    Michael, I am surprised that you have turned away from the Good News of salvation which announces/proclaims the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. That is a short version of the Gospel.

    Unfortunately, too many radio/tv/internet preachers have committed the same error I see in your article. You have turned the Gospel into Law, the very offense for which St. Paul chastised St. Peter.

    This is a far more damaging offense than watering down the Law (which I believe was your intent). The distinction between Law and Gospel is extremely important. The Law can only condemn. It is the Gospel that saves.

  • jerry June 13, 2013 Reply

    Jesus came to save sinners from their sin not hell and that is what they don’t like to hear. Men love darkness rather then light because their deeds are evil. Then we can give them the cure.

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