The Most Gospel-Centered Man Who Ever Lived

The Most Gospel-Centered Man Who Ever Lived

 

QUEST. Who is the most God-centered, most Gospel-centered man who ever walked the earth?

ANS. Jesus?

 

Jesus: (Luke 17:6) “So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

The most God-centered honoring person in the history of the world says, with your faith it will “obey you.” I thought that according to a God-centered teacher that it is supposed to “obey God,”? What happened to God’s sovereignty? Is this the only time Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son—says things like this? What does Jesus, who is the perfect outshining of God’s image, say?  [1]

Let us ask Billy what he thinks.

Jesus: (Matthew 9:22) “But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.”

Jesus: (Matthew 9:29) Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”

Billy: Shouldn’t it say, according to gospel-centered teachers, by God’s power and by God’s compassion let them be healed? Why is this Jesus guy focused on what man does by emphasizing “man’s choice in faith,” rather than in “God’s power”? He might say he believes in God’s sovereignty but I bet it is only lip service.

 

Jesus: (Matthew 15:28) “Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”

Billy: Wow. I am beginning to think this Jesus watches to much TBN. So according to her “desire” she gets precisely what she desires? I thought the gospel-centered teacher says we are to lay down our desires so that we can suffer under God’s sovereignty and will?

 

Jesus: (Matthew 7:9-11 (LEB)), “Or what man is there among you, if his son will ask him for bread, will give him a stone? Or also if he will ask for a fish, will give him a snake?  Therefore if you, although you[a] are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him?” [2]

Billy: I thought God-centered preachers said if we ask for deliverance we get hardships. If we ask for healing we might get more suffering according to God’s desire, and if we ask for a son we might get loneliness according to God’s desire, and if ask for prosperity we get poverty according to GOD’s DESIRE!

Jesus treats God like Santa Clause, but even worse so, because he says we are to get whatever we so want from God anytime we ask! It’s the opposite, we are to receive whatever God sovereignly wants to give us; Glory to God! Jesus has things reversed. Yet, Jesus goes even farther by saying God’s character is at stake, as a good Father, if God is not regularly sought to get goodies form Him, and then God in return gives out goodies as we asked.

 

Jesus: (Matthew 17:20), “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Billy: What? Wait! I thought gospel-centered people said its God’s sovereign will and not our unbelief that was the reason for why one was not healed?

Again, is it not “God-centered,” to say “nothing is impossible for God”? Why is this Jesus person saying such a man-centered doctrine, by saying nothing will be impossible for man? Who does he think he is! Why is Jesus so centered on giving honor to man, and ascribing glory to man?

 

Jesus: (Luke 17:19) And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Jesus: (Luke 7:50) Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Billy: Where is the god-centeredness in saying “your faith has healed you,”? I thought to be God-centered it is correct to say, God has healed you?

Now this is just going to far! Only God can save people, and now this Jesus fellow is saying “your faith saved you”? This Jesus keep saying man-centered things over, and over and then over again?

 

Jesus: (Luke 13:16 LEB), And this woman, who is a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan bound eighteen[a] long years—is it not necessary that she be released from this bond on the day of the Sabbath?

Billy: This is man-centered to the stars and back again. What! The gospel-centered teachers say it is “necessary,” to accept God’s sovereign will; yet, this Jesus fellow says it is “necessary” for God’s sovereign will to bow down and bring a woman healing?[3] Necessary! God’s SOVEREIGN WILL, and not healing, is necessary.

 

Jesus: (Matthew 6:31–33), Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?,’ for the pagans seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Billy: You are joking right? God will give to you “all” the material wealth of food, wealth of housing and clothing “the pagans seek after”! You know the pagans seek more than the basic provisions, right? And this Jesus says God will give us this pagan seeking level of prosperity, if we seek His kingdom first? Someone has been duped by a pagan level of health and wealth.

 

Jesus (John 15:7-6) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you bear much fruit, and prove to be my disciples (LEB).”

Billy: Seriously, did this come from an overly makeuped man sitting in a gold chair on TV? “Whatever you so desire”? The gospel-centered teacher says we ought to pray, yet, we are to accept whatever God sovereignly desires. This Jesus person is sooooo man-centered.

Can we say, “word of faith?” This Jesus fellow, has been so duped by the word-of-faith movement that he has the audacity to make it a proof of being a born again disciple of God!!![4] That’s it for me, I will stick with people I know are truly gospel-centered compared to this Jesus guy.

 

——-Endnotes——-

[1] For more see Vincent Cheung. The Extreme Faith Teacher. Found it, Sermonettes Vol.9. 2016. Chapter 8

[2] For more see, Vincent Cheung, Good Gifts From the Father. Found in Sermonettes Vol.9. 2016.  Chapter 9.

[3] See Vincent Cheung, Edge of Glory.  Also in, Sermonettes Vol. 9. 2016. Chapter 19.

 

[4] See my essay , “Jesus’ Prayer: God’s Command is God’s Will,” and “Scripture and Logic : Jesus commands Proof of Discipleship,”
Also see, Vincent Cheung, Predestination and Miracles. Also found in, Trace, 2018, Chapter 18