By Michelle Pavia
“Contemporary Christianity Has Been Pummeled by Perverted, Organized Philosophies”
As part of his Pastorship, Ed Collins dedicates a significant amount of time to writing for North Christian Church’s publications page. Led by the Holy Spirit’s guidance, he wrote his first book to address the most important issue for mankind: The Gospel. A section of his introduction reads:
“This book was written at the encouragement of my congregation following a two month series taught from the beloved North Christian Church pulpit on the crucial topic of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the outset, it was apparent that God the Holy Spirit desired to revisit the Gospel in the presence of various perversions of it, some of which continue to wander dangerously away from the Person of the Gospel, our Lord and Savior. Contemporary Christianity has been pummeled by perverted, organized philosophies such as the so-called “Emerging Church”, which is really Satan’s work. The gap between those printing “COEXIST” bumper stickers and modern Christianity is narrowing. It is pure violence. Those of us who remain true to the faith are suffering as we stand firm. So be it. This book flies in the face of what could possibly be the majority of Christianity. I am a believer; however, by today’s commonly accepted definition of Christianity, I’m not sure that title fits anymore.”
Syncretism (Wikipedia.com): is the combining of different, often contradictory beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths.
Today’s “Christian gospel” is no longer the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At best, it resembles it, or has bits and pieces of it commingled with doctrines of demons. It is a counterfeit. Today’s “gospel” isn’t really good news at all…it’s really, really bad news…but most professing Christians aren’t interested in the facts of the Bible. Most professing Christians prefer a convenient or accommodating gospel that expounds, “Say this here little prayer and you’re saved – congratulations, let’s celebrate!”…or, “Believe these facts about Jesus and you, too, can go to Heaven!” In essence, today’s “gospel” propagates the thought that being saved equals going to Heaven. While it’s true a saved person does go to Heaven, the issue is sin, not Heaven. The average “gospel” being peddled today hardly tends to the sin problem as the primary issue. Why?”…
To discover how Pastor Ed Collins answers this question, using a simple boat analogy, visit http://pastoredcollins.org/publications/publications.html. The Gospel of Jesus Christ – The Boat Analogy can be read online or downloaded, at no charge, in multiple formats, including Kindle and eBook. May each reader be edified by this book and encouraged by Jesus Christ’s words: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).