Today’s message by many pastors across the nations is: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
They may use verses like the following:
Romans 8:28 ESV And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Those who have the Holy Spirit in your life understand what this means. Our purpose is no longer our own, but is in line with what God wants. It is a very stark contrast to our own desires.
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden was talking to the Hebrews of the day who were under the Law. They were doing everything possible to “get to Heaven” and were exhausted. This passage did not have anything to do with being tired and overworked in regular terms. It was a Torah message, not a man-centered message.
Jesus didn’t give the message as many preachers give today.
Nothing was out of context because He is the context.
Check out Matthew 23. This chapter is one of the most offensive messages that Jesus gave. Jesus was the best of the best at name-calling. He gave a message to the crowd and disciples.
- Matt. 23:3 you don’t Practice what you preach
- Matt 23:16 Blind guides
- Matt 23:17 Blind fools
- Matt 23:23 Hypocrites and then over and over again.
- Matt 23:25 Greedy and self-indulgent
- Matt 23:27 White-washed tombs
- Matt 23:33 Vipers and snakes
- Matt 23:34 Murderers
Have you counted the actual cost? Read Luke 14:28-31
Have you denied yourself and died to yourself? Matt 16:24-25
Do you hate everyone in contrast to your live for Jesus? Luke 14:26
Many disciples left him. John 6:66
Pastors today are sad if a member of the church leaves.
Maybe you want to be blind? Maybe you don’t want to know the truth? 1 Cor. 2:14
Many on the day of judgement will think they are saved but they won’t be.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
2 Corinthians 5:20
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
PLEASE friend, I implore you on behalf of Jesus to get right with God!
If you want to learn how to become a Christian or see if your understanding of gospel centered salvation is in line with what Jesus taught, head over to this post HERE.
Thank you Jen for being so clear. I am so sad at the way the “gospel” is preached. There are many that will say “Lord, Lord, we did all for you” who will hear, “Depart from me” because preachers can’t teach the Word of God in context. So many think they are christians because they use the language but in life act like pagans. May God show mercy. God bless you.