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Pulpits, Pimps, and Progress: A Lament

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  1. John Brown says:

    Point well taken, but shouldn’t the Gospel be the *first* way, not the *third* way?

    1. If you look at the flow of the article, it is showing where to come from (prosperity and social causes) to repent from self-focus and for ignoring the new generation, and to preach the gospel as it was intended. You can’t get to the third point if you don’t do the first two.

      1. John Brown says:

        Those other two ways will seem strangely dim in the light of the gospel. Getting our idea of how the church should be from the culture, instead of the Word, is a way that leads to death, not life.

  2. revdavemapes says:

    Let me respond alongside your article by stating that I am a middle aged, white, Christian who is quite conservative and that is a very ‘Incorrect’ thing to say.
    But having said that, I want to let you know that there are similar, if not parallel issues within and between the churches of ‘other colors’ that also take the gospel from the center and move something else in its place. We have our social gospel, our prosperity gospel, and instead of calling them pimps, we call them heterodox or heretics. But the bottom line is, we have our faults, and our longings, too. Lots of same page stuff.
    Here’s how I think we best measure our ‘relevance and our success’; Have we successfully communicated the Biblical gospel, (knowing that there are certainly other types that really are not gospels at all), in ways that are understood and clear to those to whom we have spoken? If we have, we can rest on that; waiting and watching as God Who works, does what He does.
    I just know no other way.
    God has called us to be faithful to Him and His Word, so if we do that, we will do the most good for the most people and be honoring God as we go. If we put God first, we will be being faithful to our hearers, to our selves, and most of all; to Jesus.
    Well done, dear brother. Keep on writing, it’s helping me.

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