The Gospel: you must want Christ

Dear Woke Christian,

Coming to Christ has a ton of benefits. One of them is the mortification of sin. We cannot deal with the sin in our hearts until we come to Christ. But we can’t come to Christ ONLY to have our sin mortified. We come to Him because we want Him. He’s already promised to workout our sanctification (Phil 2:12-13). The Road to our full sanctification is that we want to please God and in fact want to be with Him. He is our treasure.

The reason I bring this up is under CRT “racism” is the greatest sin ever, in the history of life. Though I fully disagree with that, I do want to ask how CRT deals with sin? The “christ” of CRT has left us a pretty long and ever increasing list of things to do and at the end of the road what’s there?

Dear friend, I beg you to consider that CRT and it’s various expressions is nothing more than a repackaging of any works based, man made salvation plan. Maybe you’ve been accused of being the “oppressor” in the CRT narrative. Daily your baggage of “sin” gets heavier and heavier. No matter who you are, look to Christ. He will and has promised to take your sin debt. You need only want Him and turn to Him in faith.

Use the BOOK!

Dear Woke Christian,

Thank you for taking the time to read my letters.

I want to stress and actually press the fact that you as a Christian need to familiarize yourself with God’s Word. Though we argue, debate and verbally spar in various ways, we really only have the 66 books of the Old and New testaments at our disposal. This is good and it can also seem limiting, but have no fear. You’re equipped. You need to prepare yourself to properly use your weapon.

The Gospel: my enemy

Dear Woke Christian,

The axiom “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” isn’t a Biblical approach to dealing with tenuous times. I believe we all agree that we’re in some pretty tough times. But we still have to deal with them in a way that honors God and has He’s prescribed. Let me explain.

We can’t forget that Christ came to divide and even separate. His teachings will draw His sheep, but the goats and wolves will run. We see in Matthew 12:30 that Christ makes a very clear and poignant point to his followers. Notice what He says in verse 30. * I do suggest that you read the entire chapter for context.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. ” Whatever we do has to be done with Him. Notice how many times He says “me”.

So the question I have is how can we use tactics and methods that He’s not in support of to draw people to Him? It doesn’t work like that. So let’s abandon CRT and it’s ilk, preach God’s word and trust Him for the results.

Gospel: The Gospel has issues?

Dear Woke Christian,

I am sure you’ve heard the phrase that “XYZ is a gospel issue” or “If we don’t do XYZ action we’re not doing the gospel.” Though this phraseology sounds pius and deep, it’s really insidious. It’s not the Gospel at all. Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 15:1-12.

Reading Paul’s very thorough description of the Gospel you’ll notice something; It’s all about Christ. All the heavy lifting is on our Lord. We are just beggars accepting the beautiful gift our Lord have won for us. The apostle takes the time to point out the key elements of the Gospel. You’ll notice that there is nothing we do to make the Gospel effectual.There are no “gospel issues”.

The natural outcropping of a life transformed by the Gospel could be some level of reconciliation, I agree with that. However, I propose that CRT muddies the water so well that true racial sinners, have no idea they’re sinners. Honestly CRT ruins sinners by mixing up what sin is and turns the Gospel into a works-based hodgepodge of trinkets and crafts with no power to save. If you don’t believe me listen to some “well-melanated” person go off about the “lesser melanated”. Ask yourself would this be acceptable if it were the other way around? You know it wouldn’t, so what empowers the person to speak like this?

The CRT idea seeks to reign man’s tongue, rule his unruly heart and reshape his mind without the Gospel at all. This is the height of a fool’s errand. I heard someone recently say that preaching the gospel to quell “racial issues” is the stupidest thing he’s ever heard. I am sure that Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit would disagree.

The Gospel: Trust issues

Dear Woke Christian,

What is sin? In it’s basic, most simple form it’s my telling God that I know better than Him. I know that doing this action is against His clear word, but I know better. We probably don’t say it like that, but really that’s what we’re saying. We don’t trust that He’s in control and truly has our very best at heart. Maybe He’s withholding something that we think we need? Doesn’t He know that we need it? We know what’s best for us…right?

Listening to, preaching, and meditating on the Gospel reminds me that He is more than capable of doling out good gifts, because He’s already given us the best gift, Himself. By thinking about this over and over we remind ourselves that we can trust God fully and totally because of His perfect track record of knowing what we need and giving us that.

So consider if you’re trusting God for everything? If not how are you reminding yourself that He’s in control and will not neglect one of His precious ones? Dear sister and brother, please consider God’s word and His wonderful Gospel. Are you trusting in it with all that’s in you?

Jesus+

Dear Woke Christian,

Let’s take a moment to read Galatians 1:6-10

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a tservant2 of Christ.

Woke Christian, did you notice that Paul makes a very strict claim against adding to the Gospel? Look at verse 7. How in the world do you reconcile that? Paul makes it very clear, no question that adding to the Gospel of Jesus only serves to trouble you and distort our Lord’s gospel. Mind you Paul said that there is no other Gospel. None. So what are you preaching?

Dear Woke Christian, run from this flawed teaching and return to Christ. Run!

The Gospel: The WHOLE armor of God

Dear Woke Christian,

Have you ever considered that the Gospel is the means by which we don the “full armor of God”? Let me explain.

Jump to Ephesian 6:11-14. Let’s look at the pieces of the armor of God, but focus on their description.

Salvation (Comes by way of the Gospel) I am saved because of what Christ has done, not my own efforts.

Righteousness /Justification (A byproduct of the Gospel) I am clothed in His righteousness and God sees me as He sees Christ.

Truth (The expression of the Gospel) Christ is truth and I am in Him.

Gospel of peace (The greatest byproduct of belief first between us and God and then others) My sin debt has been paid, I’m no longer God’s enemy. I can be at peace with anyone.

Faith (A gift of God that we might believe…the Gospel) I am saved by faith alone. I can’t make it happen and God saw fit to give me what I couldn’t muster myself.

Word of God (Needed in order to believe…the Gospel) God have given me all that I need in order to know Him and love Him through His scriptures.

Just think of how preaching the Gospel to yourself day over day will prepare and equip you to handle any challenge that comes before you. Oh, what’s that you say…your “gospel” doesn’t promise any of that? Um….welll….um….I gots nothing. Maybe, you should…um ditch that for the real Gospel of Jesus Christ.