Galatians 1:6-9 – I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (NIV 1984)
Other People’s Musings – All the salvation with half the guilt! It’s what some people call “Christianity lite.” Sometimes you want all the benefits of Christianity, such as forgiveness of sins and getting into heaven, but you don’t want some of the weighty obligations, such as having to change your lifestyle and love your neighbor. The solution [which is no solution at all] is to get a “diet” version of Christianity that has all the great benefits you desire, but without all the unwanted responsibilities to go along with them.
Blessings, but without obedience. Comfort, but without sacrifice. Happiness, but without repentance. Many church leaders today communicate pleasant, positive, inspiring messages. In fact, [there are many] who want to hear these promises! [This] message, though, is only half of the gospel—and half of the gospel is no gospel at all. From a distance it looks like real Christianity, but it’s not. It’s weak and powerless. It’s attractive, but it can’t accomplish God’s ultimate purpose to radically transform lives. It focuses on the grand and glowing promises of blessing, but it overlooks the requirements of courage, obedience, and sacrifice.
Glen Berteau senior pastor of Calvary Temple Worship Center in Modesto, California.
My Musing – It appears to be a disturbing trend today, to water down the Gospel to our own terms. To reinterpret God’s standards to justify our own lifestyle. To pretend that His Word’s no longer apply to us because we live in a different time. To insist that God’s truth is not absolute, but is relative to different situations or circumstances. To prefer a politically correct Jesus, who could not possibly have meant that He was the only way to God. To surround ourselves with those who tell us what our “itching ears want to hear.”
My Advice – Don’t scratch those itching ears. Rather, “he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” (Revelation 2:11, NIV 1978). What the Spirit says is definitely not Christianity-Lite.