Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Gospel of Relationships

            "The Gospel Of Relationships"


"Relationship gurus" have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Social media is bombarded with videos, books, and posts about  how to find a spouse. You can't scroll through your timeline without people posting relationships goals, power couples and their love story. This trend has crept into the Christian arena where many ministries are focused on relationships and how to find a spouse..but no longer talk about the gospel, repentance, being born again, and preparing for the return of Christ. These ministries and organizations capitalize and appeal to single women. What single woman doesn't want to hear about how she can get her knight and shining armor, with a Christian spin to it?  These women are running after these relationship conferences, buying books, and following formulas  so that they can find a spouse..when they can care less about serving Christ, denying themselves and following Him on the narrow path.

                               What is the relationship gospel?  

The "relationship gospel" promises single women that if they stop having sex, stop talking to different guys, and start getting into church then God will send their spouse. So we have women who may be saved but are so focused on getting a mate that they're not being effective for the Kingdom of God. Or we have a bunch of women who haven't been converted following a formula just to get a man. When we minimize our sinfulness, don't talk about repentance, holiness, what it means to be truly born again and only focus on relationships we deceive people into thinking that marriage is the ultimate goal of the Christian life and not Christ. The gospel isn't 5 steps to get a Godly marriage. The gospel isn't about us being a power couple and someone's relationship goal. The gospel isn't about us having the perfect love story. The gospel is about Jesus dying to reconcile guilty sinners back to Himself and to be in communion with us.



                              False Conversions

Coming to Christ can give us a Godly marriage, but that's not the reason why we come to Christ. We come to Christ because we're filthy sinners in need a Savior. If we "come" to Christ on the basis of what He can give us and not for who He is, we didn't truly "come!" The relationship gospel  focuses on trying to get women to change their externals, so that they can find a spouse. That is the opposite of the true gospel. The true gospel changes us on the inside and those changes manifest on the outside. Throughout the years, I've encountered so many single women who are hyped to follow these single movements. They read the love stories, go to all the conferences, and do all the things thinking it will result in getting this "perfect love story." Normally, I see the hype last a short time and they go back to the world after it doesn't turn out how they expected. Or they actually get married and completely stop talking about Christ. They were never truly converted. There motives were never for Christ. There heart was never to serve the Lord for who He was. It was all about what Christ can do for them and give them.

Talking about courtship and marriage is definitely healthy for believers in it's proper context. The Titus 2 woman teaches the young women about loving her husband and raising Godly kids.(Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.) However, she is teaching a young woman who are already saved. This was not her method for spreading the gospel to an unbeliever. We cannot teach Godly principles to people who haven't been born again. I definitely think it's important to talk about Godly courtship and marriage because many new believers don't know. I blogged about it. However, this isn't the only thing we should talk about and put more emphasis on. I know that most people don't want to hear the gospel, it is controversial, convicting and you will get backlash. I know that  relationships is the "new thing" and this is what everyone wants to hear about. I know this is what gets the likes and followers but we have to check our heart motives.  Do we care more about them following us or following Christ?


The dangers of preaching relationships is not only the false conversions but giving women false hopes. God never promised that just because we abstain from sex and start going to church that He'll send us a mate. What about the women who are walking in celibacy, not dating around, and living for God but years and years pass by and they're still not married? What if it's not 15 years from now? What if it's not in God's will? God never promised us a spouse, He promised us eternal life. It is dangerous to tell women to follow a check sheet to get a man and it never comes to past. All of our stories will be different. We cannot assume that what we did will work for everyone else! What about the women who actually do get married but never get converted? Marriage is temporal, eternity is forever. Their soul is more important than their marital status.We should be spreading the gospel and telling women no matter what happens, even if they never get married they can still be effective for the Kingdom and help win souls.


                 What is the true gospel of Jesus Christ?

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that God saves sinners. Man is by nature sinful and separated from God with no hope of remedying the situation. But God, by His grace and power provided the means of man's redemption in the death, burial and Resurrection of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Did Jesus die so we can get a man? No! Did he die so you can life your best life now? No! He died to free us of sin and reconcile us to the Father. The whole entire bible from Genesis to Revelation is about Jesus Christ. The old testaments prophecies and points to Jesus and the new testaments talks about His ministry and second coming. Jesus first message was "Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand" (Matthew 4:17)  and the last thing He said was "Go into the world and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19) So how come our message is centered around marriage? Are we making disciples or a bunch of goats who want marriage and not God? God is more concerned with your relationship with Him than your relationship with a man. He is more concerned about our eternity than the temporal. There won't even be marriage in heaven(Matthew 22:30) So what good does it do to get married but you've never been born again and you perish? The basics of biblical womanhood, courtship, and marriage is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Have you been born again? You cannot have a Godly courtship and marriage if you don't know God! The central message and focus of all of our messages should be the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything should ALWAYS point back to Him!


1 Corinthians 9:16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!




5 comments:

  1. Love this post sis! A topic that definitely needed to be discussed. We must regain focus back to Jesus Christ and put away our own desires. The gospel needs to be preached!

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  2. You preached that!! Loved when you said, "Women will begin to follow a bunch of formulas and rules thinking that this will lead to their husband"Check out my blog: Godslittlefootprints.blogspot.com

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  3. Very well said and it's a message that should be shared with everywhere. This does not only apply to the women. Men fall into this mindset as well.

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  4. The "relationship gospel". For some reason this is something that popped up in my mind today & really bothered me. One of my sister's & I were speaking today about how dangerous it is that so many single young women are idolizing future marriages/husbands.(I too was in the same boat, but by the grace of God He saved me). All I hear is a gospel all about finding your husband & you may be speaking about let's say Biblical prophecy & those entangled in this "gospel" always bring it back to relationships, when it has no correlation. After repenting God has shown me how I was deep into idolatry & how far away I was from Him. By His grace I really don't care much for my future marriage/husband anymore. I'm working out my soul salvation w/ fear & trembling, preparing for His second coming & my mind/heart are uncluttered & I can finally pray for the lost. I realized how much I didn't care about the salvation of people, even of my family mainly because I was seeking the Lord w/ the wrong motives of wanting to get married. Smh. Anyways, Thank you for this post. God bless! :-)

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  5. I am so glad you posted this! This is a good word right here!

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