What’s happened to the “get rich quick” and “instant success” seminars and celebrities…where are they? It seems their message has been silenced or does not resonate during a global pan economic failure. Why? Their message of financial freedom and success sounds promising when everything is running great… but in times like these their promises and techniques do not hold up or provide answers for support.
Throughout the Bible there are warnings of false messages that seemingly come from God, when actually they are counterfeits (Deuteronomy 13:1-4; 1John 4:1-3). They are heralded in many ways, but often as ones promising health, prosperity and achievement. The success of the ones proclaiming these messages often comes from the sales of their propaganda and by asking people for generous support. In contrast, the “real” message, the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ, is free, genuine, and hopeful. It is genuine because it explains the actual state of humans… facing the helpless condition of sin and living in a broken and dying world (Romans 8:20-23). It is hopeful in that it provides the only cure that can free individuals from their lost condition. No other ideology, philosophy, or religion offers this or can do this. If anybody tries to alter or add to this Gospel message, it becomes a gospel of another kind (Galatians 1:6-9). The Gospel liberates us from a self-serving life and brings us into a relationship with the living God (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Contentment and joy no longer come from successful circumstances… but from experiencing God’s purposes and provisions through the good and difficult situations of life. PMC Jesus said… “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
“HOW TO SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY AND THE GOSPEL”
Facilitated by Bjoern Strotmann, FCAP Coordinator in Germany.