When Rock star preachers spew a false Gospel-Jennifer LeClaire
Posted by appolus on May 8, 2013
When preachers tour like rock stars, it´s no wonder sinners flock
to stadiums. Of course, preachers holding stadium-sized events
packed out with lost souls is awesome-unless those preachers
present a hyped-up, watered-down, seeker-friendly gospel that´s
giving the assurance of heaven while sending people to hell.
I am convinced that too many people who claim to be Christ-
followers are not really saved because too many false teachers
and false prophets are propagating a “different gospel” centered
on “another Jesus” (see 2 Cor. 11:3-4). I am convinced that
many self-professing saints are going to sit right next to sinners
in hell when it´s all said and done-thanks, in part, to rock-star
preachers presenting a hyped-up, watered-down, seeker-friendly gospel.
Especially in America, it´s easy to say, “I believe in Jesus.” It´s
called mental assent. I believed in Jesus before I got saved, too,
but I was still on my way to hell. Many who have “accepted Jesus
into their hearts” have responded to a “different gospel” centered
on a false Christ. This gospel is mixed with compromise. This
gospel is impure and defiled religion. This gospel offers a
humanistic, self-help message that taps New Age principles.
Indeed, these false teachers and false prophets are moving in
a false anointing and presenting a false Christ. And it´s deadly.
Perverting the Gospel of Christ
This is not a new problem. More than 2,000 years ago, Paul wrote,
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his
craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity
that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus
whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit
which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have
not accepted-you may well put up with it!” (2 Cor. 11:3-4,
Church, why are we putting up with this false gospel? Why are
we spending millions of dollars on books filled with heresy penned
by false teachers? Why are people flocking to stadiums to worship
They have been deceived by the serpent´s craftiness. Their minds
have been corrupted from the simplicity of Christ. The gospel is
not difficult to understand, and it´s not difficult to recognize false
doctrine if you are a student of the Word. But members of the
lukewarm, apathetic, bless-me-only church are too lazy to open
their Bibles and read Scripture for themselves. Members of the
lukewarm, apathetic, bless-me-only church want to be spoon-fed
a feel-good 20-minute sermonette rather than be challenged to
die to self, pick up their cross and walk the narrow road. They’ve
turned away from the real Jesus to another Jesus. Paul felt the
same angst in his spirit that I feel in mine.
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called
you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not
another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert
the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to
you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say
again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you
have received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:6-9, emphasis added).
Fables and Fairy Tales
I´m also marveling at the masses that are paying to hear a different
gospel, a perverted gospel-a gospel that will send them to hell
if they embrace its doctrines. Some of those “gospels” insist there
is no hell. Some of those “gospels” say we´re all going to heaven
in the end. Some of those “gospels” give you a license to sin
without penalty. False teachers are using familiar Scriptures to
justify their stance, but they´ve essentially turned the Bible into
a book of fables and fairy tales.
I don´t care who doesn´t like it. I´m taking the apostle Paul´s advice:
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince,
rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time
will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according
to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will
heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away
from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:2-4).
When the Lord called me into ministry, he gave me parallel
Scriptures out of Ezekiel 3 and Ezekiel 33. I´m a watchman called
to warn the church. If I don´t open my mouth and people die in
their iniquity-in their different gospel from another Jesus-some
of the blood will be on my hands (Ezek. 3:17-19). I don´t want
any blood on my hands, and I´m not going to shut up just because
the false teachers-or anybody else-doesn’t like it.
Does He Know You?
Here´s the rub. Jesus is come back to separate the sheep from
the goats (Matt. 25:32). And I´m seeing too many goats sitting in
the church saying amen to a false gospel centered on a false Christ.
Jesus put it this way: “Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,´
shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of
My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, `Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your
name, and done many wonders in Your name?´ And then I will
declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from Me, you who
practice lawlessness!´” (Matt. 7:21-23)
They never knew Jesus, and Jesus never knew them. They were
following another Jesus based on a different gospel that was more
convenient to their humanistic lifestyle, tickled their ears and
promised peace when there is no peace (Jer. 6:14).
I shudder to think of the horror on that day, when masses who
rushed to the stadiums and megachurches to hear rock-star
preachers (or even no-name preachers in small congregations)
present a hyped-up, watered-down, seeker-friendly gospel realize
they´ve been duped. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And there will be suffering for eternity. God forbid. Let us pray
that these false teachers and false prophets will be exposed and
that discernment will rise among believers and non-believers
searching for the true hope of the real gospel. Amen.