THE DAMNABLE PRACTICE OF SELECTIVE PREACHING
The Half Gospel Heresy is well hidden and difficult to detect. The problem lies in the fact that no heresy is ever directly stated; everything the Half Gospel Preacher says from the pulpit is Gospel Truth and nothing preached would ever fail the test of Scriptural analysis. The finest theologian would be hard pressed to detect heresy though he were to dissect the sermon line by line. The insidiousness of this heresy lies in what is never preached, that which is never spoken.
These men preach Jesus as Savior but never as Lord, Heaven without Hell, Salvation without repentance, blessing without suffering and Gifts of the Spirit without Fruit of the Spirit. They revel in stories of Peter and James being freed from prison but they will never mention Stephen being stoned, James losing his head or Peter being crucified upside down. Altar calls are for blessing and healing but never for repentance or salvation. Congregants are encouraged to worship but not to be holy, speak in tongues but not to be saved, get close to God but not to renounce sin, be free from worry but not free from sin. When these Heretics talk about the woman caught in adultery, they always speak of forgiveness but never read the part that says “Go and sin no more.” They speak of how the saints overcame by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony but never read the third verse in the trilogy… the one that says “they loved not their lives unto death.”
Theirs is an all inclusive Gospel; bring in everybody, accept everybody, encourage everybody to sing and praise and worship. At the same time, it is a non confrontational Gospel… sinners are never confronted with their sin and never come under conviction. They are encouraged to accept Jesus but never asked to repent or walk away from or reject their sin. It is a Gospel that lets you feel good in your sin. It is a church where you can bring your live-in girlfriend or your same sex lover and worship God with no fear of judgment or conviction of sin. This Half-Gospel heresy lets you go to church and worship every Sunday for decades and go to Hell when you die.
Every word of every sermon is true but by selecting the passages never to read and the subjects never to preach, these Heretics damn well meaning church members… good people, to a Devil’s Hell. When is the last time your Pastor’s sermon brought conviction to your soul and drove you to the altar to repent? That may be the most important question you face today; the wrong answer should have you asking God to lead you to a Whole-Gospel Church.