So what is up with this? Or how about the antics of Joel Osteen or any other prosperity preacher? It is painfully obvious that the Church already has or is in the process of embracing a new gospel—a different gospel than what was originally delivered to us. Richard Niebuhr was right when he stated that we now believe in a “God without wrath bringing people without sin into a kingdom without judgment through a Christ without a cross.”**
However, we have been called “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). We are to be the “church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Now is not the time to be accepting and approving of lies because we have believed another lie—that we can’t love others as Christ commanded unless we are “tolerant” (accepting and approving) of other points of view. We need the brains and guts to clearly discern and articulate the truth, and the heart to love people enough to rescue them without condemnation from the sin that keeps them in opposition to the King and will eventually lead to their eternal destruction.
(* excerpted from http://www.worldmag.com/2013/03/first_hell_now_marriage.)
(** excerpted from http://www.tlogical.net/biojohngill.htm .)