What Counterfeit Gospel Do You Battle Most?
- Friday, January 21, 2011
The temptation when writing a book like Counterfeit Gospels is to focus on everything wrong with everyone else. I didn't want to write that kind of book, as it didn't strike me as particularly constructive.
Instead, I thought long and hard about the doubts and struggles of people in my congregation. I also looked within my own heart to see the kinds of counterfeits that appeal to me in one way or another.
Ultimately, I narrowed the list to six counterfeits. Then, I sought to hold them up to light of the biblical gospel in a way that exposed their flaws and made them less attractive to us.
Below is a list of counterfeits I considered. I'm interested to see which ones you think are most prominent. Take the poll below and let me know the six you would have chosen. Then, leave a comment telling me why you made the choices you did. I'm curious to see how your choices line up with the six I put in the book.
Therapeutic Gospel: Sin robs us of our sense of fullness. Christ's death proves our worth as humans and gives us power to reach our potential. The church helps us find happiness.
Formalist Gospel: Sin is failing to keep church rules and regulations. Christ's death gives me an agenda, so I can begin to follow the predescribed forms of Christianity.
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