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Twisted Gospel

Every person on the planet has a worldview; the way they view, interpret and understand the world. It impacts the way they live life. You and I are no exception. For the nearly 1 billion who claim to follow Jesus, you’d think they are locked in on viewing life and the world through Jesus’ eyes; through the Gospel. A recent survey produced by the Barna Group tells a different story.  (Refer also to a post by Mentoring Warriors.  https://mentoring-warriors.com/?p=2780 ) Nearly two-thirds of all pastors surveyed do not have a biblical/gospel-centered worldview. In fact, of those attending church, who were surveyed, nearly 80 percent don’t have a biblical/gospel-centered worldview. Meaning, that most of us who say we follow Jesus are not living wholly for the Lord. We have blended a little bit of Jesus with various cultural worldviews that actually oppose Christ. 

Whoa!

Are you telling me I’m living a twisted Gospel?  Paul saw this happening just a few short decades after Jesus was resurrected. When he wrote the believers in the area called Galatia, (modern-day Turkey) he had this to say.

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 

Galatians 1:6-9 ESV

Those are some strong words. The people in Galatia heard the Gospel, repented of their sin, trusting in Jesus Christ as their only way to be reconciled to the Father. Now, people were twisting the Gospel in a way that many who claimed to trust Jesus were deserting Jesus. 

Twisted Worldviews

Here are several worldviews that many who claim to follow Jesus hold to. By doing so, they are actually working against the very faith they claim to have. No wonder they feel God is distant and their faith seems irrelevant.

Materialism;  He who has the most toys wins.  

To which Jesus replies. 

“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 ESV

Individualism:  Me first. What I want trumps anyone else’s priorities.

To which Jesus replies.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Matthew 16:25 ESV

Hedonism: Do whatever feels good.

To which God says.

“Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;

    he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.” Proverbs 21:17 ESV

Pragmatism: You do you.

To which God says.

“There is a way that seems right to a man,

    but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12 ESV

Naturalism: God doesn’t exist, only what I can see.

To which God says.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Romans 1:19 ESV

Humanism: I am my own god. 

To which God says.

because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,” Romans 1:25 ESV

One True View

It all boils down to this. There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. God redeems us in Christ and calls us to bring ALL THINGS under his Lordship.  Will I live by the Holy Spirit or not?  Will I see my identity wholly in Christ and put off the ways the world wants to conform me to its various worldviews?

For by him, all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”

 Colossians 1:16 ESV

The great news is you and I are created for a purpose. God has you and me in mind and he wants all of us. Now that is an awesome and true worldview!

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of www.Mentoring-Warriors.com. Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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