“Pop” Gospel vs. Jesus’ Gospel

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” ~ John 8:11 b

As I was driving down the road listening to the radio the other day, something struck me.

As anyone that knows me can testify, I really struggle with today’s attitudes of “entitlement”. You know, the phrases like, “You deserve it”, “It’s your right”, etc. that encourage everyone to look out for their own interests first.

One of the things that I noticed was how a lot of radio personalities focus on the “positive and encouraging”. Not that I think that’s altogether wrong, it does need to be tempered with moderation.

As I thought and prayed about it, later that night, a lot of things came to mind. Here are a few.

Pop gospel tells us: “Don’t feel guilty for your sins.”

Jesus says, “Don’t continue in your sins.”

Pop gospel says, “You are only human, created with a sin nature.”

Jesus says, “You are holy, re-created with a divine purpose and nature.”

Okay, so I’m not talking about past sin here….I believe that once we accept Jesus Christ, those sins are forgiven and we should not feel guilty about them any longer. but, neither should we continue in them.

I heard a well-known (though not accurate) preacher say the other day, “the Holy Spirit will never convict you of sin.” Wow. I was shocked.

One thing I do know, is that when we ignore the Holy Spirit’s prompting and conviction of sin, we become hardened against His voice. Putting off that still small voice one time, often leads to another and another, until we are so complacent in our sins that we no longer see them as sins, but as merely more of what grace covers…….

It’s crucial to understand and never lose sight of what we deserve….We deserve eternity in hell, separated from God forever. I think we would do well to remember that the next time we start touting, “I want what I deserve.”

Why does any of this matter?

It matters, because when we think we are okay, continuing in our sins, we become stumbling blocks in the lives of others who desperately need Jesus Christ in their lives.

We can live a holy life, but only when we have a clear understanding that sin causes death. It’s not some “harmless” play thing. It’s an infectious disease that reaches epidemic proportions in the blink of an eye.

Only by being on guard vigilantly can we keep it from our lives. Not to earn, or to deserve our salvation, but out of sincere gratitude because of our salvatoin!



  1. Grace Said:

    Awesome! Very well put. Love to read your perspective! It helps so much when we can all share our “facet” of the diamond, so to speak. Keep going at it..and don’t stop. PTL!

    Just wanted to share what my husband had written down, after reading someone’s comment on a blog last year:
    Someone wrote on a blog: “Why, do you really believe a “loving” God will send you to a torturous hell for eternity because you won’t fit into his heavenly zoo?”

    Another person responded to them: “No, a loving God wouldn’t force you to spend an eternity with him when you don’t even want to spend the time we have on earth with him.”
    My husband’s reply:
    “You can’t change the rules to suit yourself. We are all amoebas in a petri dish and were made with free will. To choose chaos or order. Jesus died so that we may be able to cross the barrier between chaos and order. Our understanding of all things is very limited, yet we prescribe ourselves to be all knowing. If you take the experience of every day life and look at what man himself has truly accomplished and has truly done for God and not man, there’s very little that proves out for ourselves. At this juncture in time, we are bent upon creating our own life forms so that we can emulate God. Yet we don’t even understand the basics of life. How could we begin to think that we have the right to create artificial life, when we don’t understand life itself. Lucifer will soon use these things (take advantage) to justify himself and mankind’s right to rule over himself (a delusion) which is Lucifer’s way. He will use this to trick mankind into believing this is the way. Tower of Babel, so to speak. We choose our own heaven or our own hell. We decide to live in either in this world, by the attitude we have, by the way we interact with the world, treat others. We can either be a “free radical” or an “anti-oxident”. We can choose to fight to maintain order or we can fight for chaos which will eventually lead to our total destruction.”

  2. Amen.
    Many are guilty….of refusing to feel guilty.

    This started with Cain (“Am I my brother’s keeper?”) and has continued every since. And sin always “lieth at the door” of such behavior

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