You need to hear The Gospel for Those Broken by The Church (audio, video, PDF), a masterful presentation by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt of the Good News about Jesus. It is tailored for those who are mad at or sad about Christianity because of their experience with the church.
So, if you are one of the sad or mad ones, this is certainly for you. Or, if you know someone who has been hurt by the church (and you do), this will help you understand their experience and enable you to comfort them with the true Gospel. Perhaps you are a pastor? Listen to understand the confusion of Law and Gospel that too frequently occurs in our churches. Whoever you are – believer or unbeliever – this message is for you.
Dr. Rosenbladt begins:
This evening I want to address a particular problem: What a Christian might be able to say in conversation with people who see themselves as “alumni” of the Christian faith.
And, of course, I am not referring to those who have been translated by death from what Christians call the “church militant” into the “church triumphant!” I mean people we meet or know who say that they once believed that Christ and His shed blood, freely justified them before God, freely forgave their sin, freely gave them eternal life — but who add that they no longer believe these things.
It seems to me that in the four Gospels [roughly, the biographies of Jesus of Jesus authored by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John], virtually every person who rejected Jesus’ claims to be God and Messiah, the Savior of the world, went away either sad or mad.
First, I’m going to try to deal with today’s “sad ones,” the longing, the “having- given-up-on-Christianity” ones. Second, I want to talk a little about the Gospel of Christ for today’s “mad” ones, the angry ones.
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