Whenever I go about my business and I see Christians handing out leaflets or trying to witness, I like to play dumb to see how they articulate the gospel. So today, this guy came up to me and my wife to hand us a leaflet and what was the first thing that was promoted or advertised. Was it Christ? No. He wanted us to come to his church to receive ‘anointed oil’ from his pastor. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I think its bad enough when Christians promote their church without promoting the gospel. So I had to challenge him on this and explained to him how he should be promoting Christ and not some oil to which he replied that he had to subject himself to his pastor and their leadership and that is what he was told to do.
This is one of the main problems in many churches where some of the leaders control and abuse the flock spiritually or just plainly are not mature enough in the word, yet they are supposed to be leading the flock. I explained to this guy how he should first submit to the word of God and THEN the leadership in his church which he didnt seem too convinced because his pastor was and I quote ‘more anointed than him’. The guys excuse for mentioning the oil was because he didnt think it was right to use christian jargon to unbelievers (as if unbelievers really understand what anointing oil is) and basically he was trying to use it as bait to get them into the church. I mean what unbeliever can understand the ten commandments about lying, stealing and lusting? Its so complicated (my sarcasm). Again, I had to challenge him and said to him that he was in effect saying was that the gospel by itself is not enough to change lives or to save. To my surprise he said NO. And this was supposed to be a christian on the street trying to point people to eternal life!!
The problem with what he was doing is that if these people didnt visit his church, the only thing that they think they would have ‘missed out ‘on is some oil and his church service, as there was no mention of Christ at all and they would not have received the gospel at all. To make it worse, these people handing out these leaflets were dotted all around the area so I can only assume that they were promoting the same thing. How sad!!
I so wish that many churches will get back to the simple basics of the gospel. We have complicated it so much with self help preaching Oprah style and the gospel of YOU. Many Christians truly know not what the gospel is. We need to get the gospel right.
Below is a beautiful yet simple presentation of what the gospel is all about.