Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The End of the 'But' Message - Josh Felts

The “BUT message” is extremely popular in evangelical Christianity. This message is at the core of many sermons and is shouted from pulpits all across the world every week. I believe it is time we address it.  

I am sure you have heard statements such as: 
  • God loves you BUT
  • God has grace for you BUT
  • God is merciful BUT
  • God is for you and not against you BUT
  • He will never leave you nor forsake you BUT
  • Jesus finished the work on the cross once and for all BUT 

I believe we have forgotten what comes out of butts and I think we all know what I am talking about… Can we please stop taking a dump on the beautiful reality of the Gospel and the finished work of the cross?

While the "BUT message" may be popular, it is certainly not the Gospel. Next time you hear someone share a beautiful Gospel truth then follow their statement with “BUT” and a list of what you must do to obtain it, just remember what comes out of butts. May we never forget, the Gospel is a scandal and all buts must be left out. 

At the core of this “but message” is the very essence of religion; it is all about what you can do for God. Thankfully, the Gospel is about what He did for us. When we add conditions based on our response, works, or efforts to obtain it, it is no longer grace… That is the law. Grace is completely unearned, undeserved, and quite frankly, not fair. It is very evident many people love placing conditions on the love and grace of God. However, it is time that we all be reminded that His love and grace is unconditional. 

Humanity, you can be confident in knowing:
  • God loves you... PERIOD
  • Gods grace is for you... PERIOD
  • God is merciful… PERIOD
  • God is for you and not against you... PERIOD 
  • He will never leave you nor forsake you... PERIOD 
  • Jesus finished the work on the cross once and for all... PERIOD 
  • The Gospel is not a message of what can be true if you respond to it properly; 
  • The Gospel is a declaration of what is true... PERIOD! 

Be encouraged,
Josh Felts

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