There seems to be a wave of “Cushioned Christianity” happening in today’s church. Ministers of the Gospel are preaching AGAINST preaching on sin. Pastors are leaning more towards a “fluffier”, “sweeter”, “less offensive” gospel and calling it “love”. It’s a mindset that basically says, “if we pamper them and ONLY give the stuff they WANT to hear, then we can build our church”.
Don’t preach against homosexuality, because someone may have just come out of it and you might offend them! Don’t preach against drunkenness, because you may offend someone who is battling that demon. Heaven forbid you preach against fornication because someone in the church is shacking up at the moment and we don’t want to offend them and cause them to leave and never come back! So, let’s only talk about the “feel good” Gospel!
Let’s only preach on the things that make us feel better about ourselves, because, of course, you know, self esteem is at an all time low at the moment. Of course, I’m being sarcastic.
I don’t mind preaching the sermons of encouragement and love and compassion. It’s a HUGE part of the Gospel! Without it, the Gospel isn’t good news!!! But so are the parts we don’t necessarily like to hear. I regularly preach on these things, however, I also preach on those things that aren’t so easy to hear sometimes.
Are we to only quote scripture such as.. 1 John 4:7, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
Do we also acknowledge scripture such as 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Do we stand solely on Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Or, do we also include Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Or also 1 John 3:4-9, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”
You see, you can’t have one without the other! The Word of God is a balanced Gospel! One verse doesn’t trump the other. they all work together, making a complete and holy Gospel. For instance, in Romans 3:23, we find that we are imperfect. none of us deserve salvation.
We all deserve death, yet Jesus loved us so much that He gifted us with salvation. Just as the verse says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, but this isn’t an excuse to keep on sinning! Which is why we also have Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
Don’t fall for a “Cushioned Christianity” because a “half gospel” is no gospel at all! Settle for nothing more than the fullness of God’s Word and resist anything that contradicts It!
Yes, God IS love and everything about Him is good! But God is also a jealous God. (Exodus 20:5) He will not tolerate disobedience. Again I quote, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
I have a friend who told me that as humans, we have no choice but to sin. Really? The statement is so unbiblical and so untrue. We have a choice to turn away from sin. James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
I’ve said it before, Jesus was tempted with the same things we are tempted with and He resisted. He CHOSE not to give in to that temptation. Today, CHOOSE not to give in to temptation and strive for holiness! Hebrews 12:14, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”.
Dewayne G. Guyton Imperfect glob of dirt, striving to be what God wants me to be, no matter man’s opinion.
I'm married to my best friend, the love of my life, Kellie Guyton. I have the most wonderful, beautiful son, Nathan. I firmly believe that you cannot measure a man by his circumstance, but only by how he handles that circumstance. When I die, I only want a few things said, "he was a good and righteous man who loved God, loved his family and was loved". If I accomplish nothing more, then I've accomplished the world. I pastor in the United Methodist churches, however, I hate being labeled by denomination. If we are all children of God, then the sign over the door shouldn't matter!