Self-Help Church?

This is a rant, and for that I’m sorry…

Has mainstream church turned into “Self-Help Church”? Are we preaching the Gospel? Or are we trying simply better people’s lives by offering some kind of prosperity-gospel?

The Gospel is the Good News, because it frees us from sin and death, not because it promises us (falsely) that we’ll make six figures, live in big houses, and drive fancy cars if we do x, y, and z.

All of the promises of God given to us in His Word are fulfilled through Christ Jesus. He is our prize! No more, no less. But isn’t that everything?

If you want Self-Help, buy a book at Barnes and Noble. If you want to know Jesus, find a church that preaches Jesus. Hope Fellowship is a good one…just sayin’.

Just don’t be deceived. Read Galatians 1:6-10:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in 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 them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. (NIV)

What are your thoughts? Am I the only one bothered by this?

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