by Hadley Robinson
GMTC is one of the increasingly rare Evangelical Protestant organizations that actually presents a Biblical Gospel. Most of these organizations all copy/read each other's material with a simple criteria: If it sounds good, we'll use it. When Rick Warren came up with his blockbuster runaway best seller, "The Purpose Driven Life", other mass-marketers of the Gospel often copied his paradigms along with his errors, mistakes, and misuse of Scripture. The most famous of these is Warren's out of context use of Jeremiah 29:11, a passage which has nothing to do with Christians. Even organizations like Casas por Cristo use Warren's techniques for the likely reason that they were impressed how the money rolls in with Warren's organization. Why not try his methods?
Bill Bright's (Campus Crusade for Christ's) mass marketing approach is the most widely used: The "what's-in-it-for-me" gospel. That is, God has a wonderful plan for your life. Bright and the rest of them do not tell anyone that God's "wonderful plan" can mean loss of one's possessions, physical torture, imprisonment, and/or death. This is the fraud of the American mass marketers of the Gospel. Naturally, a false gospel in one way or another fills the churches with false Christians – the very ones mentioned in places like Matt. 13.