- Religion and Philosophy
Are Acts of Kindness the Gospel?
There are many stories proclaiming that the result of the thousands of dollars of donations has resulted in the 'Gospel' being reached to unbelievers. Preachers boast in front of their congregations about everyone’s good deeds. They say the act of giving money is a gesture of kindness towards others and is commended as loving your neighbour, and even your enemies. These behaviours are considered part of the Gospel without even using words.
Acts of kindness are promoted and taught as it prompts people to ask why.
Should we not love our neighbours as ourselves and meet the needs of the poor and needy whenever we can?
Acts of kindness go a long way in helping feed the poor, sheltering the homeless and contributing to disaster relief programs. Money, donations and man-power are the bread and butter of heart-warming stories and personal experiences of many who have been helped by great acts of kindness.
There is a problem in the modern church system where acts of kindness are being equated with the Gospel. Many believe that being a friend to someone and being kind to the lost is proclaiming the Gospel. The Christian, Mormon, Buddhist, Atheist, Muslim, etc. can all do these same kind deeds too with the same results. They all can be nice people who contribute funds toward many great causes making a huge difference by contributing their time and resources to the temporal needs of society.
The 'Gospel' that is preached in church system is no no different from what the unsaved are already doing and preaching also.
Many do things in Christ's name, including acts of kindness, but they are simply good temporal self-righteous works that really have nothing to the true message of the Gospel. Unfortunately, many do not understand that the true Gospel has nothing to do with what they are doing, but rather has to do with what Christ has done. They become workers of iniquity because they attempt to take the place of Christ and use their works of kindness as an add-on to the Gospel.
Anything good that we think we are doing does not equate the power of God for salvation, only Christ has that authority. The Gospel is not about the warm and fuzzy stories of great acts of kindness that we have done, but is the spoken and written message of the redeeming gift of salvation from God’s impending wrath that only comes through the blood of Christ through repentance.
Counterfeit believers in the modern church system are a result of sincere people performing acts of kindness towards others, but fail in proclaiming the true Gospel. The results are buildings filled with alleged followers of Christ who have simply become members of a kind and friendly church group rather than being transformed by the redeeming work of the Holy Spirit. Acts of kindness can make us all feel warm, fuzzy and content, but really have no resemblance to repentance.
Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. – Romans 1:32
Acts of Kindness
Our acts of kindness will not save us, or anybody else. It is only by accepting the act of what Christ did on the cross for all of mankind that we can find the key to entering the Kingdom of God.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. – John 6:44
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – 1 Peter 1:3
Any act of kindness that does not come with the Gospel message is not the authentic Gospel, nor is it evangelism. All the service, mercy, charity, and church activities that does not have a presentation of the true Gospel is not the Gospel, period.
The fact is that all the feeding, clothing, housing, teaching, caring, compassion, volunteering, employing, social justice initiatives, etc. to the lost as an act of kindness is not the Gospel because any unsaved person can do these same things too.
The true Gospel is not about us or about what we do, but is about Christ and what he has done.
The supposed 'Gospel' that is preached in the modern church system is another gospel promoted by workers of iniquity who do things in the name of Christ, but deny him by neglecting the true Gospel with their additions and subtraction that give more precedence to the traditions of man.
The Good News is the Gospel. We cannot do the Gospel because it has already been done by Christ. If we try to do the Gospel, then we are making ourselves the Saviour instead of Christ. Acts of kindness become the 'Saviour' instead of Christ.
Many people go out and help society so that their love and good works shine in front of others, but the genuine Gospel is really about confronting a sinful world about the destiny without Christ.
For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! - 1 Corinthians 9:16
We are to be witnesses of Yahweh's redeeming work by what Christ has done, not extensions of it. We cannot do the Gospel, it already has been done. That is why the Gospel will always point to Christ and not to ourselves.
Do acts of kindness teach people that they are living in sin?
The true Gospel is a light that shines into the darkness of our sinful nature through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel is about dealing with sin.
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:15
Before there can be fruit of repentance, there must be an enlightening of one’s own sinful ways as standing guilty before God leading to a change of mind and action by aligning with the ways of God in obedience to the commands of Christ. The 'gospel' in the modern church system does not preach acknowledgement of our wickedness and need of repentance. They just say that all you have to do is simply 'believe.'
News Flash!!! Satan and demons believe too.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” – John 3:20-21
This may be a hard pill to swallow for many, but we cannot add or subtract from the redeeming work of Christ no matter how many acts of kindness we do in our lifetime.
The kind deeds that so many people believe are part of the Gospel are not. One big distinction is the difference of focus. One focuses on the temporal and the other eternal. The true Gospel will fulfill the eternal needs of man. Even if all the temporal needs were met in the world, without Christ we would all perish.
Do you believe the Gospel is?
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