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THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 07:26:06 »
Almost everyone knows that the gospel of Christ is light as He is light to the world.  A new twist on this accepted phrase is "the light gospel".  It's not the same thing.

This aberration of God's message to SINNERS is meant to soften the cutting edge of conviction that leads to repentance and salvation.  It is meant to redirect and confuse the listener or reader and persuade them that their SIN isn't SIN at all.

Very little can be gleaned from internet searches on the subject of "the light gospel".  Most search results yield links to publishers of Biblical study material or faith statements of American churches.  As a result this doctrine of demons has slowly and consistently crept into the sermons and studies of several churches. 

For instance, I recently visited two churches each of which was several hundred miles from the other. 

In one, the preacher of the "light gospel" acknowledged that the foundation of the doctrine is a total lack of REPENTANCE and a rejection of RIGHTEOUSNESS as professed by scripture.  When I attempted to mention the efficacy and history of repentance and the righteousness it led to, the preacher rejected the idea completely.   

Around the second church, the property was festooned with colored flags proudly commemorating a departure from the gospel and traditional social relationships.  When I inquired where their Sunday school classes were held I was told that interested members of the church assembled in the bar across the street for instruction and encouragement.

Both churches were franchise members of a major American Christian denomination.

I admit that my knowledge of the widespread acceptance of "the light gospel" is limited.  I don't know how many churches now accept this doctrine of demons.  Do you know, dear reader?  Please share your experience and perceptions with the rest of us here.

Passive indifference is the same as active malice. 

When it's directed at friends and family a break in the relationship results.  When it's directed at God, what might we expect His response to be? (*)

that's me, hollering from the choir loft...

(*) You do not support the root, but the root supports you. - Romans 11:18b
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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #1 on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 07:36:33 »
No.  I wouldn't go to a congregation with colored flags on their building.

We go verse by verse through a book of the Bible.  Much harder to fall into garbage that way.  Much easier to see we need Jesus because we don't measure up.

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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #2 on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 07:42:13 »
IMO this "gospel lite" (which is not the gospel at all) is based on a fallacy promoted by those who profess to be preaching the "real gospel;" and that is that salvation is based on having no outstanding sins against you.  This has led to numerous doctrinal errors, including the farcical "every time you sin you lose your salvation," to the equally inaccurate "Once you are saved you never will sin again."

Salvation is making a covenant with God thru faith in the work of Our Lord on the cross. If it were theoretically possible for a person to live out their life and never sin, they would still not be saved if they never made covenant with the Lord. (of course that is not possible in reality)

Those "gospel lite" proponents totally miss the boat on making covenant.  Covenants have requirements and penalties for not fulfilling those requirements.

I had a pastor years ago that described that "gospel lite" concept as "greasy grace" and "sloppy agape."

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« Reply #3 on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 07:45:17 »
No.  I wouldn't go to a congregation with colored flags on their building.
What?  You would not go to this congregation?


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« Reply #4 on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 08:02:02 »
What?  You would not go to this congregation?



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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #5 on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 08:05:01 »
What?  You would not go to this congregation?



I could have went to that church, I lived in the area for several years.  I was part of a congregation about 5 miles away from this one.

I am not fond of megachurches.  I am not fond of churches that don't use expository preaching either.   But you know what I meant about the colored flags, it wasn't aimed at Mount Hope Church on Creyts in Lansing.

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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #6 on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 08:25:43 »
I could have went to that church, I lived in the area for several years.  I was part of a congregation about 5 miles away from this one.

I am not fond of megachurches.  I am not fond of churches that don't use expository preaching either.   But you know what I meant about the colored flags, it wasn't aimed at Mount Hope Church on Creyts in Lansing.
We attended there for a while. My former congregation, New Covenant Christian Church of Lansing, bought their previous building on W St Joseph st.

My wife and I actually found and returned one of their flags right after they moved to this building. 

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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #7 on: Wed Sep 15, 2021 - 10:27:51 »
Almost everyone knows that the gospel of Christ is light as He is light to the world.  A new twist on this accepted phrase is "the light gospel".  It's not the same thing.

This aberration of God's message to SINNERS is meant to soften the cutting edge of conviction that leads to repentance and salvation.  It is meant to redirect and confuse the listener or reader and persuade them that their SIN isn't SIN at all.

Very little can be gleaned from internet searches on the subject of "the light gospel".  Most search results yield links to publishers of Biblical study material or faith statements of American churches.  As a result this doctrine of demons has slowly and consistently crept into the sermons and studies of several churches. 

For instance, I recently visited two churches each of which was several hundred miles from the other. 

In one, the preacher of the "light gospel" acknowledged that the foundation of the doctrine is a total lack of REPENTANCE and a rejection of RIGHTEOUSNESS as professed by scripture.  When I attempted to mention the efficacy and history of repentance and the righteousness it led to, the preacher rejected the idea completely.   

Around the second church, the property was festooned with colored flags proudly commemorating a departure from the gospel and traditional social relationships.  When I inquired where their Sunday school classes were held I was told that interested members of the church assembled in the bar across the street for instruction and encouragement.

Both churches were franchise members of a major American Christian denomination.

I admit that my knowledge of the widespread acceptance of "the light gospel" is limited.  I don't know how many churches now accept this doctrine of demons.  Do you know, dear reader?  Please share your experience and perceptions with the rest of us here.

Passive indifference is the same as active malice. 

When it's directed at friends and family a break in the relationship results.  When it's directed at God, what might we expect His response to be? (*)

that's me, hollering from the choir loft...

(*) You do not support the root, but the root supports you. - Romans 11:18b


This gospel lite has been around for centuries, in my view. In scriptures it was first preached by the prince of this world.

Gen. 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, "Ye shall not surely die":

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, (Transgress the Commandment) then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

This teaching of separating God's instruction from God's Salvation is the temptation we need to resist. And now that we have a New Priesthood (Covenant), we don't have to go find "another voice" to preach salvation to us. We now have the Oracles of God in our own homes, own hands and in our own mind, just as God promised in the New covenant. All we need is belief.

Great post CL, and one that should be discussed. But one that ultimately exposes the religious businesses of our time, much in the way Jesus exposed the mainstream religions of the world HE was born into.




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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #8 on: Thu Sep 16, 2021 - 04:35:35 »
I admit that my knowledge of the widespread acceptance of "the light gospel" is limited.  I don't know how many churches now accept this doctrine of demons.
For me, I have never heard of the phrase~the light gospel....now, that being said, any gospel which does not exalt/preach free justification by the obedience of Jesus Christ alone, have another gospel and should be avoided and exposed.
Quote from: Choir Loft on: Yesterday at 07:26:06
It is meant to redirect and confuse the listener or reader and persuade them that their SIN isn't SIN at all.
All false teachings is meant to do this~when you tell a sinner that he has the power to please God apart from first being given the power to do so through the new birth, then you are guilty of doing this very thing.
Quote from: Paul
2nd Corinthians 4:4-6~"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
God, by his free grace commanded the LIGHT of the glorious gospel of Christ to shine its truths into our hearts by the Spirit of the Living God, or else, it would have never have come into our hearts.

Do you and others preach THIS GLORIOUS LIGHT of the gospel freely given by God's oath and promises to the seed of Jesus Christ? If not, then maybe YOU have the "light gospel" you are speaking of~which is another gospel other than the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #9 on: Mon Sep 20, 2021 - 08:34:48 »
What?  You would not go to this congregation?



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« Reply #10 on: Mon Sep 20, 2021 - 08:37:26 »
We attended there for a while. My former congregation, New Covenant Christian Church of Lansing, bought their previous building on W St Joseph st.

My wife and I actually found and returned one of their flags right after they moved to this building.

Not the multi-colored FLAG I was referring to.   Actually it was the rainbow flag.  It's name, btw, is PRIDE.

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Re: THE "LIGHT GOSPEL"
« Reply #11 on: Mon Sep 20, 2021 - 08:46:33 »
Not the multi-colored FLAG I was referring to.   Actually it was the rainbow flag.  It's name, btw, is PRIDE.
Yes I am familiar with the so-called "pride" rainbow flag. 

I put that up there because you were not specific, and the Mt Hope Assembly of Lansing's front is decorated with dozens of multicolored flags that also fit your original description

Yes, I am a hard nosed literalist. Engineer by training.