Exposing the Gospel of Nice

      This is my satire prayer: Oh Lord, let there be a gospel of nice, so I can live in a nice world, where everyone treats me nice, and I treat everyone else nice.  Let me live in a world where there is no confronting others with the truth, because that is just not nice!

       Don’t misunderstand me, we Christians are a loving people.  We are to follow Christ and emulate His loving kindness to everyone.  However, the gospel of nice is a set of false principles or beliefs that do not support or exist in the book of truth which we call the Bible. This gospel of nice is sponsored by some unintentionally, while others, namely those of the secular progressive agenda in America and Canada, pursue it intentionally.

In order to understand the gospel of nice, let’s start with the definition of “nice” which means: enjoyable, agreeable, pleasant, and delightful, and living without sponsoring conflict. Next, we review the definition of “Gospel” which is: teaching the revelation of Christ’s truth. “Gospel,” then, means absolute truth, and “nice,” means the enjoyable and delightful.

       The gospel of nice becomes a figure of speech when the term “gospel” is connected with the word “of” to the word “nice.”  The connection of “gospel” with the word “nice,” however, creates an inconstancy or oxymoron.  This is because there is not a biblical connection between the gospel, meaning absolute truth, and nice, meaning enjoyable and delightful. Biblically, when the word “gospel” is connected with the word “nice” the terms are in conflict.  The reason for this conflict in terms is that there is no Biblical basis for the connection between the terms.  Conversely, if we say the Gospel of Christ, Gospel and Christ are in harmony Biblically because the Gospel is Christ.

       Today, there are churches who don’t fully know or teach the Gospel of Christ. Some, mostly progressive churches, wrongly believe nice is the definition of being Christian. The Christian-lite churches accept this feel good social gospel, because it equals silence in the face of evil and they believe silence will not offend anyone. Therefore, not speaking about topics which are subject to biblical condemnation, like abortion, the LGBT agenda and immoral politics keeps them, in their view, from upsetting anyone. They forget the spoken Word of God is so powerful it opens the eyes of evil and turns “… them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.”  (Acts 26:18)

       Many of these Churches strive to be socially acceptable, pleasant, and delightful to attend. Yet, they devalue boldly speaking Christ’s truths out of fear of being persecuted as a “light shining in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:19).  In effect, exclude themselves from speaking biblical truths like, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). Their unbiblical concern seems to be that Christians should never be seen as intolerant or discriminatory. However, Christ was boldly intolerant of immorality and rightly discriminated against biblical malfeasance. (Four Gospels)

       Then there are those religions who have accepted society’s norms -- which is demonstrated by their fruit of disparaging biblical truth -- by teaching and sponsoring society’s standards and then calling them biblical.  These churches express heartfelt stories of personal triumph but exclude biblical arguments. They avoid the cold hard truth of theological discipleship because the Bible does not support their gospel of nice. Progressive churches in effect hide Jesus from the public because they see Him as not very nice or Christ-like, which is astoundingly evil! Churches like these have raised the gospel of nice to a new art form but lack biblical form. Through their own message, they manufacture biblical acceptance and support such sins as homosexual marriage, transgender ideologies, socialism, illegal immigration, and abortion, etc.  Rather than make the uncompromising stand for God’s truth, they promote and sanctify slavery to sin.

       Their apostasy begins when “nice” and “Christian” are thought to be indistinguishable from each other; an event that enables people, in their minds, to say they are more loving and accepted in today’s society than those biblical Christians. They can say this because they long to be loved and accepted by this world. The Gospel of Truth says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) However, biblical truth never gets in their way. Their desire to be loved and accepted distorts their biblical understanding and is the evil cancer within the gospel of nice. This ideology perverts the truth of Christ by putting nice before God’s truth, creating a false gospel. Paul warned us in Galatians 1:6-7, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some [other people] who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.” Then Jude 17-18 revealed, “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last days who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.” This false gospel is according to their own imagination. Paul explained their attitude when, “…they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:32 NIV)

            There is another way the proponents of the gospel of nice reason themselves out of Christianity. They have abused and murdered the word love in order to justify sin. They did this by first destroying the true essence of love (1 Corinthians 13) and then replacing it with a motive to justify sexual debauchery under the pretext of not being judgmental but inclusive. Sadly society has made the word love the most abused and misused word in the English language. The Korean language has many words for the different types of love but English has only one, so it is easy to see the possibilities of misuse. You may recall the movie Love Story with its famous and often repeated line, “Love is never having to say you’re sorry!” Well, the opposite is true, because saying you’re sorry is a form of repentance that helps us recover from our follies. Today’s homosexual agenda claims their life style is about love, but in reality, it is a psychological sexual addiction. Do a visual on that life style and you will understand why God calls it an abomination but progressive people call it love. This is when the warning in Isaiah 5:20 is proven. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

        The late Pastor Adrian Rogers said, “It is better to be hated for telling the Truth than loved for telling a lie.” The gospel of nice would say, “It is better to be loved for telling a lie than hated for telling the truth.

When people knowingly misrepresent the truth by misusing words like love, they are deceiving the person who is especially in need of the truth.  They are replacing words of truth with words that are agreeable and with pleasant overtones. This is being a connoisseur of fine sin.  While such sin may look like religious virtue, it is in fact a deceitful emotional spirituality, which rouses evangelical piety with false compassion. Thus, tricking the church-goer into believing they are Christ-like, while robbing this person of Christ’s true saving grace. This is the picture of Satan’s deception of Eve, when he said, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5) Like the gospel of nice, what Satan said is half true, but the result of believing the lie is living in the darkness of disobedience as revealed in Luke 11:34, “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”

       The gospel of nice is a progressive heresy deceiving and depriving the hurting world of the truth of Christ’s salvation. This other gospel is in direct conflict with Christ when He said in John 18:37, “… the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Then Christ confirmed, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32). We may ask, free from what? The answer is, if we abide in His word, we will be on the side of truth and free from the lies of all false gospels, even nice ones.

We all know the real Gospel of Christ offers joy beyond anything found in this world. But it does so by first telling the hard truths of life. The truth is we can’t erase suffering through being nice to darkness because darkness cunningly manipulates nice to reason out doing good. The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians  4:14-15, “… we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.”

       Paul further tells us in Ephesians 5:11 to, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Exposing darkness is not part of the gospel of nice because exposing evil is biblical.  It is the opposite of nice, because exposing is publicly taking the clothes off of evil so all the world can see the naked lie it is. When Jesus told the Pharisees they were making God’s house a den of thieves (Mark 11:17), or “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” (Matthew 23:15) and “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.” (Luke11:46), Christ was exposing the naked truth to the world.  Likewise, you are now reading the naked truth about the gospel of nice. Did the Pharisees see Christ as nice? No, they called Christ evil and hated Him. Christ promised when you speak and live for Him, “…you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22). Christ told it like it is, and He wasn’t trying to be nice, He was telling the truth.

       Only the absolute truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, compassionately inserted into darkness, can save the world and make disciples of all nations. This is done by introducing the light of Christ into those living in darkness to prove Christ’s superiority and grace at every level in every aspect of human life. The Word of God is the hard truth of reality, written in the Bible. The Word leads darkness to repentance, forgiveness, and best of all, faith in Jesus the Christ who leads us to eternal life. Then “…you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 20-21) Amen!

May God bless you this day!

David Howard, Foxhole Ministry

New Life Church, Billings Montana