In 1982, evangelist Keith Green and his two children were killed in an airplane crash. Green and his wife had founded The Last Days Ministry, an outreach and teaching ministry. This organization was unusual in a number of ways, one of which separated it from just about every similar ministry that I was and am aware of.
The Greens and their associates produced a number of evangelical and teaching pamphlets and VHS videos in which they addressed not only Christian doctrines but also the manner in which those doctrines were being preached. The reader might comment that this is no big thing, since many media and other public ministries are grinding out such items even today.
The big thing was that Last Days Ministry, while offering their tracts and videos to the public at a modest price also made them available at no cost—not even postage—to those who asked for them. That impressed me. I used some of those tracts in my own Pro-Life work.
Melody continued their work and Last Days Ministry is alive and well today. They continue to offer a wide variety of articles dealing with evangelism, Christian living, etc. Many of them may be read here.
I purchased a number of videotapes from Last Days Ministry, among them Keith's teaching tapes entitled What's Wrong With The Gospel?, Parts 1 and 2. In these tapes, the evangelist was quick to point out that absolutely nothing is wrong with the Gospel. What is wrong is the way the Gospel was being preached then and is being preached now.
In Part 1, Green discussed how things are being left out of the Gospel and a number of reasons why that was so. In Part 2, Green then examined innovations that have been added to the Gospel as preached in far too many churches. His arguments boiled down to just a few points, the foremost of which was that the omission or addition of anything to the Gospel can and likely does stumble seekers.
I don't agree with everything Green wrote or taught concerning the role of man in God's salvific program, but I heartily agree with the teaching and preaching errors he addresses. For example:
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