Gospel in a Bottle

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[Disclaimer]

This blog is not to put down any celebrities and renown pastors; but simply to cause an awareness where the gospel is heading.

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. of Trinity Church in Miami officiated the wedding ceremony for renown celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in May of 2014. Kim and Kanye met Pastor Rich by showing up unannounced at a weekly gathering at Trinity Church. They connected well with Wilkerson and began attending the church regularly when they were in town, according to People Magazine. Kim Kardashian became known for her infamous sex-tape in 2003 and Kanye West is a pop-culture rapper who claims to be Yeezus (Jesus). Elle Magazine featured Kim on their cover and quoted “And God Created Kim.”

Pastor Wilkerson quoted on social media:

“So happy for these two. Grateful for their friendship. The best is yet to come. The married life is the best life.”

Gospel in a Bottle is simply that. We have packaged the gospel to our liking or what others would like. Producing a trendy fashionable product, all for the sake of the “whosoever.” What we neglect is the authenticity of the gospel. The very mere fact that the gospel cannot be manufactured, purchased and duplicated. As much as some want to renovate the gospel, the gospel has an eternal foundation that cannot be broken. The gospel cannot be manufactured and purchased; the price has been paid by means of the Cross.

If the sacred foundation of the gospel is broken; the gospel becomes a manipulated system. It’s an abhor offense against the gospel to abuse the power of the sacred foundation. When we attempt to water down, repackage and reinvent the gospel; all we do is cause more harm than good. More Christians, Pastors and Leaders are aiming for a hipster look, while losing focus of the authentic experience of the gospel.

a. What Does the
Gospel Look Like?

Some will say the gospel resembles a hipster preacher with a coffeehouse attraction. That is NOT the gospel! Jesus’ never attempted to resemble culture; but he took culture and reassembled it. Yes, Jesus’ appealed to the common misfit and had interaction with outsiders of the religious.

[Mark 2:16-17 NLT]

“But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum? ” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

He appealed to rejects of society and rattled religious cages. But not once did he conform to cultural trends and manipulate the message. The walking gospel gave his life to servanthood, love and death. He did not walk around with paparazzi, TMZ reporters and a great following of hipster minions. He simply lived a simple life, but with much authority given to him by the Holy Spirit.

[Matthew 28:18 NLT]

“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.”

[Luke 4:18 NLT]

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.”

The gospel is simply simple with a profound viscosity of the rugged carpenters hands. Can you ever think of a time when you fed the homeless, had dinner with an outcast and helped the hurting? That’s an ariel view of the gospel. Simply share the love and the sacred writings of God’s love letters. Let the Cross do the rest.

b. How Far is
too Far?

“If you really love me, you will except me for who I am.” Sound familiar? But what if that person was an abuser, manipulator, drug addict or alcoholic. You would have enough love to embrace that person, but true love does not leave them there hurting themselves or others. What if you were in an abusive relationship. Would it be okay for that individual to constantly abuse you? Some tolerate abuse and fall into the trap of great deception and manipulation. The Love of Christ does not manipulate the system. From the beginning of time, God loved us. He loved us so much, he created us in the image of his glory! No other part of creation can claim to be created in the image of God; not even the Angels.

[John 3:16-17 NLT]

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

But what if I told you that God loves you so much, he accepts you for who you are, but will not leave you there. This is the true authentic transformation of the gospel. Grace at work for the human race. This is the formula of unconditional love. When there is no transformation of the heart and lifestyle, it’s simply not the gospel. Many churches, organizations, pastors and religious affiliations will say, “Come as you are.” The problem with this statement, is not the fact that God excepts you for who you are, but rather what the gospel has ultimately come to do.

[2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT]

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

The King James Version states, “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The primitive root meaning “Things” (πᾶς) in the greek means:

All, including all the forms of declension. ALL, any, every, the whole; all (manner of, means), thoroughly, whatsoever, whole and whosoever.

When we belong to Christ, we no longer live a life of condemnation, but a life of transformation.

[Romans 8:1-2 NLT]

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

[2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT]

“But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

So, according to the holy writs, an individual that professes Christ should be on a different path of life. And if we believe the sacred scriptures to be infallible and ever so true, how about all these celebrities that call themselves “Christians” and yet make reckless decisions. Better yet, how about all those so called “Pastors” who embrace sin without any authentic repentance. Do it for the Vine…. fame, trend and having a name.

Sure, no one is perfect, we all fall short; but that does not give any excuse for the unadulterated gospel to do it’s work. We can all come to the honest conclusion that time will tell and God will be the Judge. But in the mean time…

Dear Christians,

Stop sending unsaved, ungodly and untransformed individuals to Abraham’s bosom. And please stop idolizing celebrities and celebrity pastors that claim truth and yet manipulate the gospel. They are only deceiving you and themselves.
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2 thoughts on “Gospel in a Bottle

  1. Robert

    I do agree with your article that there is a trend in Christianity and especially young pastors to go after what is cool and what is popular instead of speaking undiluted truth. I don’t agree with calling out Rich Wilkerson or using the example of him officiating the wedding. He didn’t seek out Kanye to be friends or for fame. Should he have ignored kim and Kanye when they started attending the church? I think it’s great he officiated their wedding (if he didn’t someone else would have) and that kim and Kanye have them as mentors. I believe his comment was correct too, married life is better than Kim and Kanye just living together and sleeping around. Im not saying that Kanye and Kim are great people but I am saying that Rich Wilkerson did nothing wrong, he’s a far better “Pastor” than many other pastors I know. I’ve heard him live and have friends who have personally spent time with Rich and only speak well of him.

    Posting your opinion is one thing bashing someone in specific is another. Posting a disclaimer doesn’t do much, it’s like saying no offense amd then taking a direct jab at someone.

  2. Stop sending unsaved, in transformed, ungodly, people to Abraham’s bosom? Wow… Praying for you to get a revelation of grace and that you would pray for Pastors like Rich who have the very difficult tasks of reaching celebrities. The bible says pull the log out of your eye before before pulling the speck out of someone else’s. This blog was all about the “specks” in other peoples eyes. I try my hardest as a pastor to point to my own flaws as a follower to give lessons… Not the flaws of others. You are a great writer and very passionate but I believe this blog was mis-directed passion. Blessings.

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