Hypothetical situation: if a pastor would stick to only preaching half/distorted truths such as – God’s will is for us to always be successful, experience deliverance from and in every situation, never be sick, never be down, never be discouraged, I bet he’d have a huge church!
I also bet Christians would buy it hook, line, and sinker.
I feel better now.
False Gospels are easy to believe. They look good and smell good. They are inviting and warm and fuzzy. They preach what we want to hear. Don’t fall for it. The Christian life is about following God, not self. About the abandonment of self’s desires, and the seeking with the whole heart of His desires for us.
How easy it is to reach back and find the self’s former desires, and to rationalize them and paint them all pretty and try to stamp “God’s Will” on them.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
That verse sure looks different than some of the things I read from “popular Christian culture.”