The Reduction and Destruction Of The Gospel


Reverend Dennis Terry said this in his introduction of Republican hopeful Rick Santorum…

“I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation…There is only one God and his name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words.. Listen to me, If you don’t love America, If you don’t like the way we do things I have one thing to say – GET OUT. We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God’s son Jesus Christ.”

Apparently, the good Reverend believes that we live in a Christian Theocracy? If Rev. Terry wants to believe that, ok, this is America, but there are mountains of real facts and evidence that prove that America was not founded as a Christian nation.

But that aside, it is not the job of the Christian to make or keep the nation “Christian”. The Gospel does not call us to that.

Reverend Terry’s comments were spoken this week around the same time Kirk Cameron was defending his comments on Piers Morgan, stating that “Christians love everyone…even our enemies”. I am assuming everyone except Liberals, and Buddhists, and Muslims, and people from the LGBT community that Rev. Terry (and Mr.Cameron previously) demonized. Those people, according to the above quote are supposed to GET OUT of this mythical christian nation.That does not sound very loving to me.

Of course Kirk Cameron was concerned that his Christianity was being attacked when he had push back from LGBT organizations and others for his comments that basically said the being gay is destroying America. If that is what he erroneously believes, ok, this is America and you can believe or not believe whatever you want, but please don’t whine when the people you attack, attack back. and by the way, what a person believes about being gay or marriage equality has nothing to do with being a Christian.

This little window into the fundamentalist world shows what is happening in the fundamentalist wing of Christianity on a much broader scale. The Gospel has been reduced to the rescuing of America, what party you support, what views you hold on social issues such as gay rights and abortion. And since Rick Santorum has become the Political Prophet of the far right, he is garnering much support from many fundamentalist/evangelicals.

With the reduction of the Gospel message into a political plank, fundamentalists have in essence destroyed the real message of the Gospel. They have turned multitudes away from the God who loves unconditionally in Jesus.

May God have mercy on us.

 


15 thoughts on “The Reduction and Destruction Of The Gospel

    1. The Gospel of grace is this…That Jesus died for our sins, He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the Scripture.

      God understands that we are all broken (sinners, if you prefer) and He Himself had to do something to restore our relationship with Him. Thus, enter Jesus, who fulfilled all the Law perfectly, and was perfectly holy and righteous before God. In Him, God was well pleased. Then Jesus, the perfect One, died in our place and all of our brokeness (sin) was removed and we became all that Jesus is because we now have a relationship with Him.

      We can do nothing to make God happy with us, He already is, in Jesus. we cannot make ourselves holy or righteous or even good enough to be loved by God Because in Jesus we already are. God is never, ever angry with His children because in Jesus, we are perfect.

      Do we still sin? Do we still fall? Yes, but God picks us back up and tells us He loves us and helps us to move forward. We are loved by Him unconditionally, and His grace covers us every moment of every day. We are free to love unconditionally all people. we are free to take risks, we are free to make mistakes and sin, because all our sin was taken care of at the Cross.

      The Gospel about grace and freedom and forgiveness and unparallel love from God. Anything added to that is heresy. Too many Churches teach their people something other than the Gospel of grace, and as I have said in the post it is destroying the real message. Christianity is about Jesus and what He did, not us and what we do or fail to do.

      1. if that is the definition of the gospel then,
        obviously then those who do not preach according to the gospel
        does not preach the gospel at all.

        the only destruction, reduction, mixture, lukewarm, curse befall
        I know is that when you mixed the gospel with the law.

        thanks for taking time to explain it to us.

        – grace and peace

  1. I’ve often thought that it was the otherway around. That the politicians use religion merely as a way of getting votes. They push sensitive buttons and get people to vote one way or another because the devil is in the other party or the other candidate. I see your point, however, that people might well think their faith is being attacked as if it were some huge satanic sub-plot to overtake people’s souls by overtaking their government and legalilzing licentious behavior. When that legendary day comes, I doubt if we will be asked which party we belonged to or how we voted on certain issues but we may see and ultimately realize how our defensiveness or offensiveness has cascaded through our society and affected people. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for anyone thinking they couldn’t be a Christian because they were different.

  2. Jesus focused his ministry on the outcasts of his society. Lepers, tax-collectors (who were despised for complicity with appeasing the Romans), prostitutes, the poor…

    He had no patience for the “righteous”. He called the Pharisees & Sadducees “vipers” and drove the money-changers (brokers) from the Temple.

    1. I agree…looking at fundamentalist evangelicalism today, you might see just the opposite of what Jesus did. Thanks for your comment

  3. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both believed the idea that Jesus was divine and somehow “born of a god” was an ignorant notion that would soon be dispensed with. Sadly, they didn’t see the rise of Christianism, that least Christian of all philosophies, which is what today passes for “Christianity.” Our founding fathers were deists — Adams was a Unitarian — who believed in a government based on “reason and the senses”. Both men very clearly stated numerous times that “this government is in no sense founded on the Christian religion”. They equated belief in divine gods with the belief in a divine right of kings. It was the very thing they were fighting AGAINST. Only uneducated, ignorant people would choose to believe otherwise. Is that what Christianity is now? A belief system for morons?

    1. I absolutely agree with your comments on the American Founding Fathers. And honestly, I cannot understand how so many fundamentalists can ignore the facts. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Interesting article. I can’t help thinking that the people who fund the GOP, those most likely to benefit from the save-the-millionaires policies being advocated, are preying on some Christians’ weaknesses and prejudices. If you’re uncomfortable with homosexuality, it’s easy to go along when someone says that those people are bad. We all need to learn to question the motives of anyone telling us what we most want to hear.

    1. Thank you and I am with you on this. The problem is that so many fundamentalists are discouraged from asking questions, and some in leadership would feel that their authority was being questioned. So, just falling in line with the most popular idea is easier than challenging it.

  5. Part of what I am reading here in the comments (and to a lesser extent, the article) suggests that because a person supports many of the principles of the GOP, they must either not be a real christian or they must not be very bright. Isn’t this line of reasoning in danger of becoming just as Pharisaical as what you would accuse them of being?
    On both sides of many of these kinds of questions, there is a sad tendency to describe the opponent’s viewpoints in exaggerations and straw men. They become easier to oppose when we create a caricature of them.
    I mean really, doesn’t “love your enemies” cut both ways?

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      I would agree that loving your enemies “cuts both ways”. And as you read most of my postings, I employ the words “we” and “us” in addressing my concerns within the church. So in other words, I do not call into question the Christianity of those that I have issue with, I am commenting on what I see is a departure from the Gospel message in regard to politics.

      I am far less concerned about what political umbrella a person stands, be it Democrat or Republican (I have been both)and far more concerned when we as Christians make adherenece to a political party a litmus test to ones commitment to Christ. This test also spills into other areas of social concern, whether it be our stance on abortion, marriage equality, or even support of Israel. Those who use gauge another persons spirituality according to any issue have moved away from the Gospel message.

      And as far a creating a caricature of the “other side”, it is really we ourselves that have created the caricature that media loves to drag in front of a camera or reporter. I enjoy MSNBC, but I do not enjoy the fact that they always bring a out as an expert in Christianity, the most extreme example they can find. And whether on MSNBC, FOX News, or CNN, most of these “Christian experts” are there to give or withdraw support of a political/social issue and the Gospel of grace is nowhere to be found.

      Finally, over the years as a Christian (almost 30) I have been able to work with, worship with, and fellowship with Christians from all stripes because, what party affiliation or views on social concerns were second to the fact that we are bound together in a family by the blood of Christ. But, I have been driven from two churches, not allowed to preach in one of those churches I attended for 21 years bacause of a view I held on marriage equality, and forced out of all ministry in the other for not towing the line around a social issue as well. I have been called among other things a liberal, a bad parent, a heretic, and an enemy of the cross. In all of this I have had to learn to forgive and to continue to love. I do not question a fundamentalists salvation, but mine has been called into question many times. And not because of Jesus, but because my political and social views did not line up with the overarching mindset of Fundamentalist Evangelicalism.

      1. Thank you for your response. I would quite agree that adherence to a particular political party (or disavowance {is that a word?} of a party) makes a particularly poor test of one’s faith. Frankly, I know too many people who love Jesus as much as I do who nonetheless have very different political views than I do. From time to time, we are able to talk about some of those issues with a level of vulnerability and honesty that is very hard to come by, especially in the blogosphere. It is hard, but so worth it in so many ways.

      2. I would agree. I love to have conversations with people with whom I disagree. it keeps my mind sharp and sometimes I even learn something. The body of Christ is as diverse as the world itself. And it should be, because our God is diverse and so much mmore than one denomination or culture can contain. Peace to you.

  6. God is certainly more than one denomination or culture can contain. That is not the same as saying a person can believe pretty much whatever they want about God. I submit there are things that some would claim about God that we can generally agree are beyond what Scripture would allow is true. Likewise, there are things that some would deny about God that Scripture essentially insists is true.
    I’m curious, are there things about God that you feel comfortable putting in either of those two groups?

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