I appreciate Trevin Wax for posting this video and bringing it to my attention. I believe that a watered down gospel – while feeling good in the moment and sounding academic in theorizing conceptions within biblical studies – offers nothing of eternal significance.
I recognize that there are very real issues in this world – rape, genocide, child prostitution &c. – and liberal gospels by and large want to address these and other social issues.
Liberal ideologies by and large want to make the Gospel more relevant to the needs of the world. I get that.
They want to wrestle the gospel out of the hands of abstract theologies of “salvation” which fail to address the needs of the present world. I get that.
Often an “abstract gospel” (“save me from Hell so I can go to Heaven”) is prevalent among popular Evangelical and Conservative preaching. I get that.
But in the end all humans face the great and mysterious unknown. The last enemy to be defeated is Death. What can the liberal or watered down gospel offer in the face of humanities greatest fear?
I need answers! I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real hell!
Whether we are talking about liberal gospels such as Brian McLaren and John Dominic Crossan or watered down gospels like Joel Osteen, we need to move back to the real Gospel which will address the real needs of this world, and the next. It’s not “either/or”, but “both/and”.
I need someone to look me in the eye and tell me how to find forgiveness, because I am running out of time.