I came across this blog post today and just had to quote it:
“1. The Gospel was never intended to build anyone up.
Luk 13:3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish
2.The Gospel builds up Christ and pushes man down
Act 20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Rom 3:10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
Rom 3:11 no one understands; no one seeks for God.
Rom 3:12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
Rom 3:13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
3. The Gospel is supposed to breed fear to the lost.
2Co 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
4. Jesus the God man came and died humiliated on a criminals cross. Hit and spit on and treated worse than any of us. Somehow people expect the Gospel to be a self esteem builder. That’s not the True Gospel. What it is, is an Americanized lily scented gushy gospel that damns many people to hell.
Man will not repent to a God they do not fear.
There is hope”