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The Deception of the Seeker-Friendly “Gospel”

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth..?
— Galatians 3:1

Recently, I partook in a LinkedIn Christian group conversation. I hadn’t participated in any of my groups for a while so I figured, “why not?” I had no idea what I was in for.

The topic was this:

What is the definition of SIN and INIQUITY? Can UN-repentant sinners gain eternal life?

I decided to tackle the latter half of the topic and answered a fervent,

No indeed! After all, the Apostle Paul said, “the goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4). If you are not truly repentant by the time you die, you will not reach heaven.

This seems, to me, an extremely simple, basic concept in Christianity. But I was not ready for the seeker-friendly railings of a fellow group member. He protested that only the repentant could reach Heaven. We went back and forth, forth and back, and me, producing scripture after scripture IN CONTEXT, could not make him see right. It wasn’t until much later that I realised he, either in name or otherwise, was a universalist.

At one point, he expressed shock saying something to the effect of, “Wow! If that’s how you preach, many people will leave.”

This man said, “Wow, if that’s what you think, then hell will be full!” Duh! Even the Prophet Isaiah said,

Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure…
— Isaiah 5:14 KJV

And Jesus Himself added,

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
— Matthew 7:13, 14

I added that if hell was enlarged in Isaiah’s day, then we can only presume that it’s continued and continued to enlarge itself since then seeing as there are many who continue to reject the full truth of God’s Word which would set them free.

He cried fie at the thought of people of different religions going to hell. He could not make himself see that God is loving as well as just, merciful as well as holy, gracious as well as a consuming fire, the Lion and the Lamb.

And here we encounter the problem of modern Christianity: the seeker-friendly “gospel.”

I am not concerned with whether or not you agree with me. I am not concerned with whether or not you like what I’m saying. I am not concerned with whether or not you find me harsh, judgmental, preachy, fire-and-brimstone, under the Law, or anything else. I preach (write) the Gospel and if you take issue with my words when I amply back my arguments up with the Scripture, then your issue is not with me, it’s with God.

If the unrepentant can achieve salvation, then Christ’s sacrifice was unnecessary because there would be no need for redemption. Sinful flesh would be good enough and thus, God’s Word would be proven untrue.

This ain’t Rome: all roads DO NOT lead to Heaven. There is only one Way, one Door, one Truth and the name of them all is Jesus Christ!

I cannot for the sake of your ego, feelings, comfort, or church attendance, preach a gospel other than that of the FULL Scripture. I cannot add to it or take from it because the person who does this is accursed according to God:

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
— Revelation 22:18, 19

I would much rather make you uncomfortable with the Word of God, than stroke your ego, pacify your flesh, and make you comfortable with doctrines of devils. The Word of God is very serious about this and so must I be.

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
— Matthew 18:6

Your comfort is not my issue, your soul, however, is. And so on that note, I leave you with the Apostle Paul’s words:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
— Galatians 1:6-10