There are five false gospels found in evangelicalism today, says former senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois, and current Pastor Emeritus Erwin W. Lutzer.
Lutzer talked with Darrell Bock, executive director for cultural engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary, on an episode of “The Table” podcast posted online Monday.
During their conversation, Lutzer listed five false gospels, the first being that of “permissive grace,” which involves churches saying that people can have grace without personal transformation.
“We have to preach about sin and do so compassionately so people know that they need the abundant, undeserved grace of God,” said Lutzer.
“But today what you find is that there are many people who preach grace even before people really know that they need it.”
Bock agreed, adding that he felt that was an issue for “Western culture in particular,” saying that many westerners have a sense of entitlement, “as if God owes them something just by their mere presence on the planet.”
“I think that entitlement eats away an appreciation for what grace really means, because, you know, you don’t come to God with a sense of, ‘Have mercy on me; I’m a sinner;’ you come to God with an attitude of saying, ‘Well, I can bargain with You about this, and You really owe me in one way or another,’” replied Bock.
The second false gospel Lutzer described was “social justice gospel,” which he believed often led to “the gospel of personal conversion” being “left behind.”
“Social justice, no matter how well done, at its best is not the gospel. It may be the result of the gospel, depending on how it’s defined. I mean, you can go to Africa and all of the various hospitals were built by missionaries,” Lutzer explained. “So we’ve always had a social conscience, but social justice is not the gospel. The gospel is not what we can do for Jesus; it’s what Jesus has done for us.”
Lutzer also listed “new age” ideas as a false gospel that can enter an evangelical church, and also the “gospel of my sexuality,” which involved evangelical churches not denouncing sexual sins.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski