The Bible is full of warnings about false teachers invading the church and pulling people away from the faith. Twelve of the New Testament books were written to combat the false teachers and warn Christians of their dangerous doctrines.

The warnings are still needed today. Dangerous lies are running rampant throughout the world and especially in the United States. Just like in the first century after Jesus came, the lies contain enough truth to make them seem correct. That is the nature of deception. It stays close enough to the truth to lull us into believing it is of God. Yet its deviation is enough to damn people to hell.

Real Truth Matters presents The History of the Modern Gospel, an eight part video series exploring what is presented as the gospel in modern churches. By going back to scripture, the source of all truth, we compare and contrast God’s word with popular methods. When the roots and fruits of these teachings are held up to the light of scripture, we quickly see what is of God and what is of Satan.

Below you will find descriptions of each session. You can watch these sessions online or order them on DVD.

Introduction

Why is History of the Modern Gospel needed? What is the Biblical grounds for examining the teachings and methods of churches. This video gives an overview of the series, what we want to accomplish, and an outline of the major false gospels prevalent today.

Session One – Departing From Scripture, The Root of Error

If there are, as we have claimed, many false gospels in the United States, the question comes back to where did it all start? Where did the lies begin? With all error, it comes back to a departure from Biblical truths. No matter how small the departure may seem in the beginning, a lessening of what God has said will always lead to apostasy.

Session Two - Toxic Intelligence

Modernism was spawned in 17th century Germany. It is the idea that in order for the human race to grow and develop we must continue to expand our knowledge and not get stuck in old ways of thinking. By the 1800s, modernism had touched all areas of life including literature, art, family, industry, and even the church. Not wanting to be irrelevant, theologians tinkered with ideas that were new and novel, yet very dangerous. The result was a twisting of the truth of scripture in order to make it fit the modern world. The same is occurring today on multiple fronts.

Session Three – Welcome to the Circus

Charles Spurgeon is one of the most well known preachers in Church history. Toward the end of his 40 years of preaching, however, he saw the church in decline. He called for a return to Biblical teaching and a right understanding of scripture. The ensuing controversy was known as the Downgrade Controversy. It eventually cost him his life. The same Downgrade is occurring today. Churches in the United States have lowered their view of scripture and the gospel in order to elevate the methodology of growing crowds. Churches entertain, but at the expense of truth.

Session Four – I’ve Got a Feeling

In the early 1800s, a move of God began in Kentucky. Before long, however, men turned it into an emotional circus where if a preacher could get a crowd excited to the point where people yelled, jumped up and down, and even passed out then it was deemed as a work of God. But is great emotionalism a true sign of God's work? This video takes a look at the history of the movement as well as the true signs of God working amongst a people.

Session Five – Repeat After Me

Methods used at altar calls are causing great harm in the name of Christianity. The tactics used are mere psychology, and they are convincing sinners that they are saved when, in fact, they are still on their way to hell. This session of History of the Modern Gospel shows that these tactics are actually relatively new in church history, and the problem is a basic misunderstanding of what it means to be saved.

Session Six – Good for Goodness’ Sake

God cares for the poor. God cares for the downtrodden. But social justice for all is not the gospel. A growing number of churches and people in American Christianity are making the gospel more about helping others and being charitable than men being reconciled to God in righteousness. This is not new, yet each generation sees a new birth of the philosophy called the social gospel.

Session Seven - Jesus is the Gospel

So far, this series has looked at what the Gospel is not, giving glimpses along the way of what the gospel is. In our final session, we simply look to Jesus to discover the good news.
 
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