Ashamed of the Gospel
When the Church Becomes Like the World
New 3rd edition. Updated with much material about the seeker-friendly movement and how it is compromising the gospel.
“Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon, whatever the subject; only, the shorter it is the better.” — Charles Haddon Spurgeon
In the late 1800s, Spurgeon warned that the Church was drifting away from the purity of the Gospel. Instead of boldly proclaiming the truths of Scripture, Christians were candy-coating the Word, being careful not to offend anyone. As a result, Christianity’s influence in 19th-century England was severely weakened.
100 years later, John MacArthur is sounding the same alarm: a warning the Church just can’t ignore. Signs of compromise are all around us: numbers have become more important than the message. Churches are offering up “Show-Time” religion instead of the “Old-Time” religion. Pastors have turned to the marketing industry to help them draw people in rather than relying on the sovereign power of God.
Until all that changes, until we return to our calling to go into all the world and preach the Gospel without shame, the Church is in danger of losing its impact on society. And that would be our generation’s greatest loss.