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What is the sugar coated gospel?

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by Michael Collum, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Michael Collum

    Michael Collum Everything began with a voice, use yours Supporter

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    I mean, is it, come to church with us ... we'll give you some candy?

    That sounds waaaaay too creepy.

    So like ... what is it?

    Is the regular gospel laced with cyanide, so we need some sugar to make it go down more smoothly?

    So for discussion, post examples of the sugar coated gospel and discuss.
     
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  2. Hammster

    Hammster Every knee shall bow. Staff Member Site Advisor Supporter

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    God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
     
  3. Michael Collum

    Michael Collum Everything began with a voice, use yours Supporter

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    Okay, so if we took the sugar away, what's it look like?
     
  4. Hammster

    Hammster Every knee shall bow. Staff Member Site Advisor Supporter

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    You have sinned against God and are deserving eternal punishment. However, there is a living Savior who, because He died and rose again, is sufficient to save you and indeed each and every person who comes to Him in faith. There is fullness of grace in Christ crucified. And you, too, may find salvation in His name.
     
  5. section9+1

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    Jesus says we are salt. Christianity tries to be sugar. Won't work. Jesus says do not be surprised if the world hates you. Christianity says we must be lovable to everyone. Won't work. If the world hates you, you are where you belong. "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel" "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs." Did he lie? Anyone can turn and become a lost sheep, but until they do, he didn't come for them. Dogs, wolves, swine, vipers, need no shepherd.
     
  6. Daniel9v9

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    Somewhat relevant.

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  7. Hammster

    Hammster Every knee shall bow. Staff Member Site Advisor Supporter

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    I just saw that yesterday. :D
     
  8. Daniel9v9

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    Haha. Me too - made me laugh! Maybe we're in the same twitter circles.
     
  9. Dkh587

    Dkh587 David דויד Supporter

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    The sugar coated gospel does not include repentance
     
  10. SteveIndy

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    In the early days of Christianity, there was one passage of the Bible which held special significance for Christ's followers. This was Matthew chapters 5 through 7, which is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount. This sermon was used as a catechism for new believers, and it formed much of the foundation for early Christian doctrine and practice. These first Christians believed that this sermon was meant to be taken literally and obeyed explicitly, and it became a defining factor of the very essence of Christianity.

    What do you think would happen if we would form a church which, rather than trying to follow the Sermon on the Mount, purposed instead to violate it? What would happen if we would look at each major issue discussed in this sermon and then do the exact opposite of what it teaches? How would such a church look?

    Take a brief look at just a few of the topics discussed in the Sermon on the Mount and try to imagine what a deliberate violation would look like. Then, in light of this list, take an honest assessment of our own Christian lives, of our church, and of American Christianity as a whole.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says that God's blessings belong to those who are poor in spirit, meek, and hungry after righteousness, we would fill our pews with proud, self-satisfied members.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says we should be salt and light in this world, we would do our best to "fit in" with the unbelievers around us so as not to offend them.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says that "he who looks at a woman lustfully commits adultery", we would put up with a high percentage of our church's leaders being addicted to pornography.

    When the Sermon on the Mount condemns divorce as evil, the divorce rate in our church would be as high or higher than that of the non-Christians around us.

    When the Sermon on the Mount forbids the remarriage of divorced persons, our church would both perform marriages of those who were previously divorced and also receive into membership remarried individuals with former spouses still living.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says we should "swear not at all," we would willingly take oaths without a twinge of conscience.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says "let your yes be yes and your no be no", we would tolerate blatant dishonesty whenever that was the most convenient path.

    When the Sermon on the Mount commands us to love our enemies, our church would be among the strongest supporters of our nation's military power.

    When the Sermon on the Mount commands us to "resist not evil", we would encourage our members to keep weapons in their homes for use in self-defense.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says "when (not if) ye fast", members of our church would almost never practice fasting.

    When the Sermon on the Mount forbids us to lay up treasures on earth, we would encourage our members to accumulate wealth in savings accounts, retirement plans, and other investments.

    When the Sermon on the Mount commands us to lay up treasures in Heaven (by giving to the needy), we would deny or ignore the fact that helping the poor is an integral part of true Christian faith.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says that we cannot serve God and mammon (wealth), we would teach that God expects His children to be rich in earthly possessions.

    When the Sermon on the Mount speaks of the road to Heaven being strait (difficult) and narrow, our church would teach that anyone who has ever prayed a sinner's prayer will certainly make it into Heaven.

    When the Sermon on the Mount says that the difference between building on the rock and building on sand is obedience to Christ's commands, our church would teach that mental assent and verbal profession to a creed (with no real change in our life) would be all that was needed to be "on the Rock".
    As you meditate on these thoughts and allow God to speak to you through them, please consider these words from His Holy Word:

    Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and don't do the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)

    Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that says, I know him, and doesn't keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3-4)

    And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write . . . because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. (Revelation 3:14-17)

    Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
     
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