Today the guys chat about the consumer gospel.
A helpful definition can be found below:
Seeking Jesus for worldly gain. The consumer gospel puts man at the center, the real gospel puts Christ at the center. People who view the gospel, church, or Jesus himself as a way of elevating themselves, bettering their lives, or getting into heaven.
This idea of church runs contrary to the biblical command to die to self and live for Christ.
Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God
Philippians 4:11b-13 I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him
ARTICLE: A Gospel-Centered Church Cannot Be Consumer Driven (TGC)