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    by Keith Green

    I believe with all my heart that Jesus would be ashamed of most

    of the "gospel" messages and sermons that are being preached

    today, mainly because they lack almost every major point He

    Himself preached on. (Mark 8:38; Rom. 1:16; II Tim. 1:8) How

    dare we try to change the Gospel. We remove most of its vital

    parts, and replace them with artificial limbs of our own. (Gal. 1:6-7)

    Isn't Jesus the master evangelist? Shouldn't we judge our

    evangelism by His example?3 Was His message anything like

    what we're hearing today? It is my intention to try to briefly cover

    in Section 1 each of the major parts of the Gospel that have been

    "surgically" removed in most of today's preaching...

    The Removed Parts Of The Gospel

    The Blood of Jesus. It's a fact that the very word blood scares

    people. It's also a fact that the blood of Christ scares the devil,

    because it is the only cleansing agent for a sin-sick soul.4 Can

    you imagine what the preaching and writings of Paul would have

    been like, if he had been as squeamish in proclaiming the

    magnificent power and beauty of the blood of Jesus as our

    generation of preachers are? What we have now is a bloodless gospel!

    Today, people are afraid to think and preachers are afraid to

    make them. The whole concept of Jesus being the Passover

    Lamb of the Old Testament5 has been lost - "It takes too much

    time and thought to explain," you will hear some say. (Heb.

    5:11-14) "We need to simplify the Gospel so that we can reach

    the masses." Oh, what logic! Remove the blood from the

    preaching of the Gospel, and you remove the power to conquer

    the devil for the souls of men!

    The Cross of Jesus. Paul said, "I determined to know nothing

    among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified." (I Cor. 2:2)

    Nowadays it's "Jesus Christ and what He can do for you!" You

    cannot have more exact opposites than the Bible's Christ-

    centered Gospel,6 and our modern, cross-less, me-centered gospel.

    Today, if anyone preaches self-denial as a condition of discipleship,

    you can hear the comments afterwards: "old-fashioned," "harsh,"

    "legalistic." I dare say that our Lord would have as much trouble

    finding acceptance among our preachers as He had among the

    religious leaders of His own day.

    Here's what A.W. Tozer says about the cross...

    "The cross is the most revolutionary thing ever to appear among

    men. The cross of Roman times knew no compromise, it never

    made concessions. It won all its arguments by killing its opponent

    and silencing him for good. It spared not Christ, but slew Him the

    same as the rest. He was alive when they hung Him on that cross.

    and completely dead when they took Him off of it. That was the

    cross the first time it appeared in Christian history.

    "With perfect knowledge of all this, Christ said, 'If any man will

    come after Me, let him deny himself take up his cross and follow

    Me.' So the cross not only brought Christ's life to an end, it also

    ends the first life, the old life of every one of His true followers...

    this and nothing less is true Christianity. We must do something

    about the cross, and there's only one of two things we can do -

    flee it or die upon it!"

    The Threat and Terrors of Hell, and the Guilt of Sinners. We often

    hear people say, "I'm tired of hell-fire and brimstone preaching!"

    "Well," I often reply, "when was the last time you heard any?" It

    is true, very few people preach on hell anymore - it is no longer

    in vogue. We shouldn't scare the poor sinners, no, that wouldn't

    do. They're just unfortunate, misguided souls, right? Wrong! The

    Bible clearly shows that they are rebels who have robbed and

    dishonored the living God, infinitely offending Him.7 They have

    no right to look at themselves in any other light.

    But we, smart as we are, have decided to help God along. He

    doesn't understand our generation as well as we do. The things

    Jesus emphasized in His preaching were all right for the Jews,

    but our generation needs a more gentle, loving tone. "Tell 'em

    about heaven!" We talk about heaven, about the "rewards of

    being born-again," but we completely neglect the other side

    of the "two-edged sword." (Heb. 4:12) What right do we have

    to remove things from the Gospel that Jesus Himself gave

    great place to in His own preaching?...


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