The Gospel In action??

Many in the River movement are promoting what they believe the Gospel to be:   & in essence & for the sake of clarity I’m going to write about what that seems to be, as this forms the basis for the belief that the giving of random personal prophetic words to all & any,  Treasure hunting & the absolute tenacity in which signs wonders &  miracles are pushed & sought after… some sort of credibility..   This is the culture of the “supernatural” in which they live for & in & crave..  & this is the backdrop of the “Gospel in action”

belief 1)   demonstrating signs & wonders on the street to a “non Christian”  where they become touched or healed in some way –  demonstrates the Gospel in action…

question then;   what is the “Gospel”  being demonstrated…?       receiving a healing or an encounter  is NOT  the same as Receiving the Gospel of Christ crucified & making an appropriate response to it..

belief 2)  people who receive a touch  (of blessing) or encounter & maybe demonstrate some physical manifestation..   & then are receptive to other supernatural powerful wonders have now turned to follow Jesus  – (because they have seen & experienced the benefit)  this means they are a follower of Jesus & thus saved & or considered  “a Christian”

–   ohh  so so wrong…  these people have made a response  to a powerful, maybe emotional encounter,  they have not made a response out of a conviction of sin & that Jesus is their saviour from that sin through  his accomplished work on the cross… —  in fact they may have no Knowledge of these things —  they are not truly saved in the sense that the Bible presents “salvation” to  us…     remember that muslims feel that Jesus is a good example & teacher –   & to a degree – “follow” him out of respect  – the difference we need to always remember,  is the cross & a persons understanding of it & response to it…

belief 3)  loving people in supernatural ways is enough to convince & convict them in to turning to Jesus.. & this is enough to qualify as “repentance in action”    –  as repentance means  to “turn” towards  Jesus

nope sorry guys- because following him in repentance is about the heart conviction & not about  the physical body or experiences that cant be explained .

belief 4)  this must be “of God” because people are being healed  & we can justify this because we are making a reasonable evaluation that this “stuff works”   besides  – we are loving them right —  so how can it be wrong…?

friends;  this is a new age mindset…  hook line & sinker…    whatever works & whatever feels good must be right  – right?      but the bible teaches that false signs & wonders will occur & that we must examine & weigh & test things… the sheer overwhelmingness of speed that these practices occur & with persons unknowledgable about the scriptures – generally on the street…  stopping to weigh & test  is not practical even if people on the receiving end knew that they should or even how they should…

please lets be clear about what the Gospel actually is – as taught in the word  – we have a page here on the blog   ” true & false Jesus”  that you can check it out..  please review how exactly these practices line up with what the bible actually teaches – rather than the implications of what is being worked out at street level…

I have more thoughts which I will add to later…

2 thoughts on “The Gospel In action??

  1. absolutely Lynnylou & not just the fact that people are not presented with the need to consider their sin before God, but what they are “receiving” through the trading of a power trip effectively innoculates them against being able to hear the truth.. & for why? because it is virtually impossible to argue against subjective experiences – that have been mis sold as the real deal – only the Holy Spirit can bring Conviction to the sinful heart but if a person has fed & led with the line of being blessed, favoured, & as “royalty” it is even harder (than in the natural sinful state) to hear about wrongdoing before a Holy God & the need to address this..

  2. It seems to me that these River movement people are transferring onto unwitting recipients on the street, a spirit of deception that is going to do its best to prevent them from receiving the true Gospel. It really is no gospel at all. It’s just a gimmick to “prove” they are supposedly drawing people to God, but in fact they are causing people to attribute to God the things of Satan. I suspect that these street “healings” last all of 5 minutes and if they last longer they come at a high price called spiritual darkness. The Bible tells us what is meant to happen in the sharing of the Gospel:

    14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
    “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
    Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
    16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:14-17

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