A Strange Message
“And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.”
The message of the Bible (Christ and Him crucified) may be unfamiliar to the ears of those who do not hear Christ preached consistently, and do not study for themselves, and take someone’s word for the truth. The religion of multitudes is superficial, to say the least. When most people hear the true message of the Gospel their response is, “What in the world is he saying, I have never heard anything like that!” Without taking the time to inquire and study and seek God to see if these things be true, they usually become angry and offended and judge it not to be so. I feel that I can speak freely concerning this because I was once there myself.
The heart of false religion is focused upon SELF. The theme of the false gospel is:
- God loves everyone.
- Christ died for everyone.
- Salvation is up to me.
- I am a good person.
- I know I am going to heaven because I am doing good things.
The glory of God, the effectual work of Christ, the depravity of the human heart, and the sovereign grace of God is a strange message to those that are strangers to the truth. The great concern of the flesh is health and prosperity here, and heaven and hell hereafter. The great concern of the Christian message is the glory of God, here and hereafter.
If it were not for the programs, recognitions, theatrics, entertainment, pastors telling stories and dealing with moral issues, and telling people how good they are and begging for money, most “church services” could be cancelled. Contemporary religion’s purpose is to make their message and methods palatable to fallen creatures at the expense of the glory of God and truth. The message of the Gospel is as old as God Himself and has never changed and never will. May God in grace and mercy reveal to this generation His sovereign glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.
“I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.”