Stop sugarcoating the Bible

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The Bible is a gritty book. Very raw. Very real. It deals with people just like us, just as needy and screwed up as we are, encountering a God who would rather die than spend eternity without them.

The general thrust of this is very good, a word in season.

Sugarcoating the Bible is an epidemic today.

However, one point is wrong. Please see Comments.

3 Responses to “Stop sugarcoating the Bible”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    I find it encouraging that Jesus never came across as pietistic. In fact, he was never accused of being too religious; instead he partied so much that he was accused of being a drunkard and a glutton (Matthew 11:19).

    Nooooo. He was never drunk! Neither was He ever a glutton. They were lying about Him.

    Neither did He “party”, according to the modern definition of what “partying” means.

    He was free to enjoy good food and was relaxed among sinners ( a vivid contrast to the Pharisees) but He reached out to them to call them to repent, not to party with them and affirm them in their lost condition.

    And this contact with sinners ALWAYS had one of two outcomes: they either repented and followed Him, or they soon rejected Him. Most of the sinners He reached out to ended up rejecting Him.

    When people were not willing to repent, they found that Jesus was no longer willing to eat and drink with them.

    And THAT is the “sugar-free” version.

  2. Jesus Wins Says:

    Now, that particular statement disturbed me when I read it. The Lord isn’t ‘a party animal’. That is a tad rude and misleading(in my view!). Thanks for the explanation! Did you post it in the original article. Might have cleared things up.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    How does one sugar-coat the doctrine of the Lake of Fire?

    How to tailor it to blend into the GODTV or TBN format?

    How to make it light, airy, flowery, happy and amenable to Christian TV, so as not to put people off giving?

    How to train the presenter to keep his happy plastic smile in place as he warns people of the Lake of Fire if they don’t repent?

    What a challenge for those in the religion business. They have to sugar-coat the Bible to make a buck.

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