Fighting For The Faith With Chris Rosebrough – Sermon Review: Altar Ego: My Feelings of Inadequacies by Craig Groeschel
Below is a transcript taken from Chris Rosebrough’s radio show podcast Fighting For The Faith Radio podcast which was originally broadcast on Wednesday March 13th 2013, which you can subscribe to iTunes. I highly recommend you do this if you want to develop discernment. You can also listen to Craig Groeschel’s sermon mp3 by subscribing to his church podcast LifeChurch.tv: Craig Groeschel audio.
Here is the video link > http://youtu.be/R-Ejk0PtmFM
[First Segment – 00:15:42 – 00:16:22]
Chris Rosebrough, “In hour number two we are going to be heading out to Oklahoma city to Life Church.tv and we are going to be listening to a sermon entitled Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel from Life Church.tv where he narcigetes ridiculously and this by the way I think it is Altar Ego self image. Something to that affect. But what we are going to be listening to is him narcigetes the story of Gideon which is another famous purpose driven biblical twisting tactic, because apparently it is all about you. But it is really not.”
[Second Segment – 01:27:06 – 02:32:10]
Chris Rosebrough, “Okay we are back. Hour number two we are well into it here at Fighting For The Faith. Sermon review time. This will be another purpose driven missing the point type of sermon from supposedly a lesson that we need to learn from The Old Testament from The Story of Gideon. But let’s do this right. The good, the bad, and well the ugly we review it all here at Fighting For The Faith, we are an equal opportunities sermon reviewing service. Today’s sermon I hate to call it that, comes to us via Life Church.tv out there in Oklahoma city, Oklahoma. Craig Groeschel presiding the name of the sermon series is entitled Altar Ego and altar is spelled a.l.t.a.r not a.l.t.e.r, that is on purpose and part 1 here is the sermon is entitled My Feelings of Inadequacy.
Are you suffering from feelings of inadequacy? Are you just not feeling like you measure up? Are you just feeling inadequate? Well don’t worry apparently the story of Gideon apparently has some hope for you. You don’t need to have feelings of inadequacy, you can apparently discover that secretly inside of you God sees the things that are just so wonderful about you and he just wants to tease those things out. Don’t believe that. That is really not true. But let me kill the music. Without any further or due here is Craig Groeschel and his sermon entitled Altar Ego My Feelings of Inadequacy. Here we go.
Craig Groeschel, “Well I am so glad to have all of you with us today at all of our different Life Churches and those of you in our extended network church family. We are also grateful for those of you from all over the world joining us right now at church online. You are here for the first of a four week message series called Altar Ego based on my brand new book. You may look at it and say is altar misspelled? Actually this is…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yes you heard that correctly. This is a sermon based upon his new book Altar Ego, not on The Bible really. This is a sermon based upon Craig Groeschel’s latest book. Now maybe it is just me but do you have a problem when a pastor gets up and ascends into the pulpit or the stage or whatever and then the first thing out of his mouth is that we are going to start a new sermon series based upon my latest book. Yeah I think that is inappropriate, because the thing that we are supposed to be well paying attention to is the book that would The Holy Bible, not your latest book.”
Craig Groeschel, “You are here for the first of a four week message series called Altar Ego based on my brand new book. You may look at it and say is altar misspelled? Actually this is on purpose – a.l.t.e.r, if you know anything about The Old Testament or maybe about history you will know that for centuries and centuries an altar and this kind of represents our altar, is a place where believers will sacrifice something meaningful before God or lay something down.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Okay this is important pay attention, an altar is something where somebody sacrifices something meaningful in their life. By the way this not actually how this works in The Old Testament scheme of things, yes an altar is a place that where sacrifices were brought. But it wasn’t just something quote meaningful. In order for there to be a sacrifice, it had to be a spotless clean animal. Not just any old animal. It couldn’t be sick decrepit icky animal. It couldn’t be one with a limp or one with a gimpy leg or one that was spotted speckled or undesirable. It had to be a spotless clean perfectly healthy animal. This will play later into the sermon but we continue.”
Craig Groeschel, “If you know anything about The Old Testament or maybe about history you will know that for centuries and centuries an altar and this kind of represents our altar, is a place where believers will sacrifice something meaningful before God or lay something down before God at an altar. If you know what an ego is, an ego is who we think we are, who we believe we are unfortunately some of us think too highly of ourselves. Some think too lowly of ourselves and what we want to do over the next four weeks is we want to lay down our ego. What we think of ourselves at the altar of God.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Now that doesn’t make any sense. I want to lay down my ego at the altar of God. My ego is not a sinless spotless sacrifice. Like the exact opposite and if your ego is even remotely like mine then you are going to well you have got problems. You are not going to want to put that ego on the altar either.
That is not going to be a good sacrifice. In other words my ego, your ego, those are not would, well those would not be considered worthy sacrifices. In fact those, in fact I would argue that our egos play in an important role in our sinful nature as a result of it. We need a sinless spotless sacrifice in order to that needs to die on the altar of God, for the sins committed within our ego. Yeah and mine especially. I mean this just goes without saying. Okay so here Craig Groeschel is saying that we need to lay down our egos on the altar of God. Again no something clean needs to be offered on the altar of God, for the sins of my ego. This is completely backwards.”
Craig Groeschel, “So that we will not be who we think we are or we won’t be who others think we are. But we want to become who God says we are. So let me show you what we are going to lay down over the next four weeks in…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “So we can become who God says we are? Huh?”
Craig Groeschel, “So you can be preparing your hearts and your egos to lay these things down before God. Today what we are going to talk about is laying down our feelings of inadequacies. We all have those feelings of inadequacies. We are going to give those to God by faith at His altar. Next week we are going to lay down our need for control. If you sitting next to a control freak, urge your desire to control them and point to them right now.”
Chris Rosebrough, “So we are going to lay down our feelings of inadequacy. We are going to lay down our feelings of need for control, are these even remotely connected to like The Ten Commandments? Because I don’t recall in The Ten Commmandments you know things like the sin of feelings of inadequacy or the sin of the need to feel like you are in control. What are more?”
Craig Groeschel, “If you sitting next to a control freak, urge your desire to control them and point to them right now. Because we all battle with these different urges to control things. It is really a lack of faith and gets us in trouble. In the third week I think will be my favourite of the four. We are going to lay down our right to be offended.”
Chris Rosebrough, “So you are going to lay down on the altar of God your right to be offended, almost makes me want to take a look at that sermon to figure out the biblical passages that he came up with for that sermon.”
Craig Groeschel, “We live in a culture where people feel like it is their right to be offended and many people search for even reasons to be offended. We want to be upset because our ego needs that feeling of strength and then the fourth week we are going to lay down our longing for approval.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah because that is in the biblical book of 2 Hesitations 46, now if you don’t have that in your Bible don’t worry Craig Groeschel will just add it in later.”
Craig Groeschel, “Many of us we are so driven by what other people think and we know the quickest way to forget what God thinks about us is to become obsessed with what people think about us. Today to start off altar ego we are going to talk about laying down our feelings of inadequacy and I don’t know about you. But it is amazing to me how quickly I can feel incredibly inadequate. Maybe it is comparing myself with someone that is financially successful and I think, “What is wrong with me, why do they have this?” Maybe you drive by one day, a really nice neighbourhood of homes and you go, “What do those people even do for a living? I mean I am so stupid I don’t even know what they do and I feel inadequate because I don’t measure up.” Or you go to a friend’s house and her house is perfect. You walk in and it smells good. Yours smells like laundry and hers…….”
Chris Rosebrough, “So Christianity has something to do apparently with helping you overcome feelings of inadequacy due to the smell in your home? What?”
Craig Groeschel, “Yours smells like laundry and hers smell perfect and you walk in and the food is served on time and her hair is done and her nails are done and you love her because she is your friend, but you hate her because she looks perfect. You know why can’t I live up to that?
Or maybe you are a student and you know your best friend is smart and popular and you study your buns off and make Ds and Cs and your friend doesn’t even study and makes As and you go to the dance alone and your friend has seven invitations to the stupid dance. You know what is wrong with me? Why don’t I measure up like this? Or sometimes I don’t know if you feel this way but I have felt spiritually inadequate at times.
If you are a Christian, you are around like super Christian and you know you just bring up something and they are like, “Oh yeah that reminds me of 2 Chronicles 12 v 14 and then they quote it and you are going, “Like how did they do that? Is that a book in The Bible I think it is I am not even sure you know,” or they pray and you are like their prayers you know can just tell God is like going, “Woah that is a good prayer.” And then they ask you to pray and you are like, “Oh I don’t want to pray?” Oh I am unholy and okay I will pray, “Rub a dub dub, God bless this grub amen.” How is that? You are like I suck as a Christian you know.”
Chris Rosebrough, “So Christianity who knew The Bible had anything to do with helping you feel or overcome feelings of inadequacy because you feel like people pray better than you do. Boy this just seems totally self-obsessed to me. Does it seem like it is self-obsessed to you?”
Craig Groeschel, “I feel so inadequate. If you feel that way I totally and completely relate. I think for me I have always felt like I have had to prove myself by trying to perform up to some standard because I never felt good enough myself, as a young adult I don’t think I ever felt more inadequate when I held my firstborn daughter Katie. When she was just you know a few hours old and in my mind, “I am thinking I don’t have what it takes.” Like I am going back and I am thinking, “Okay I just gave back my dog to the previous owners because I couldn’t handle the dog.” Okay I have killed every house plant I have ever touched and now there is a human being there and I just remember the sense of overwhelming inadequacy and then you add to it what I do for a living and you wouldn’t believe how inadequate I feel to be a pastor.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Well no wonder. You see this makes sense no wonder he is not preaching from a biblical text. He is preaching from his book, because The Bible really if he were to just engage in sound biblical hermeneutics and exegesis then you wouldn’t be able to well find these all these wonderful passages that deal with overcoming feelings of inadequacy. Uh hmmm……”
Craig Groeschel, “And from day number one I don’t feel good enough. I don’t feel holy enough.”
Chris Rosebrough, “I don’t feel good enough or smart enough. So that is okay just do what Stuart Smalley does, just look in the mirror and do your daily affirmations and I say, “I am good enough. I am smart enough,” and gosh darn people like me.”
Craig Groeschel, “I don’t feel like I know enough and I am overwhelmed with these feelings of inadequacy. Why do we all battle with our ego and these beliefs of inadequacy. Let’s just build a quick foundation and then we are going to look at the story of Gideon to help him, help us lay down our egos so that we become who God calls us to be.”
Chris Rosebrough, “So are you going to build the foundation on the clear preaching of the Word of God using sound biblical hermeneutics and exegesis? That was a question mark.”
Craig Groeschel, “Why do we feel inadequate? I see three quick reasons. There are more, but these are my top three picks. Number one is we have received unfair criticism. Somewhere along the way in your…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Oh no that is just terrible. I mean oh can you imagine suffering unfair criticism? I mean this will just destroy your self-esteem and everybody knows that Jesus wants you to have a huge enormous self-esteem.”
Craig Groeschel, “Somewhere along the way in your life, someone told you. You don’t measure up. You don’t have what it takes. I don’t like you. I wish I never had you. You are pathetic. You are never going to amount to anything. I wish you were more like so and so and internally those messages have been burned on the hard drive of your ego and any time you want to do something significant. You just hear those old messages replaying and they tap into your inner me that says I am not inadequate or capable to do this.
Second reason a lot of people don’t think of number one is we receive unfair criticism. Number two we receive unrealistic compliments. You are the best. You are amazing. No one is as good as you and inside we are going, “You don’t know me.” I am not that good. I am not that amazing and it is my theory that we have really done a disservice to the emerging generation that I love so much. The now twenty something’s who we have told you are good at everything.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Okay now got to back this up because there was a very important phrase that he used. Hopefully I can get close to it without going too far past it. Backing it up, here we go again. See if we can hear the important phrase again. See if you can spot it. Here we go.”
Craig Groeschel, “I am not that good. I am not that amazing and it is my theory that we have really done a disservice……”
Chris Rosebrough, “It is my theory, ah so this is a sermon based upon a theory that Craig Groeschel has about feelings of inadequacy. Yeah pastors Christian pastors are not supposed to be preaching their theories. Christian pastors are supposed to be opening the Word of God and preaching the Word.”
Craig Groeschel, “I am not that good. I am not that amazing and it is my theory that we have really done a disservice to the emerging generation that I love so much. The now twenty something’s who we have told, “You are good at everything.” You know back in the day when I was growing up. I mean you actually had to be good at something to win an award. You remember that? You had to win to get a trophy. Do you know what I am talking about? I mean you had to win. Now you like show up. Here is your trophy kid. You did great. You know and I mean we used to have to graduate twelve grades to graduate. Now they graduate kindergarten. Way to go. You got through kindergarten and so what we do is we tell them, “You are amazing. You are the best. You are the…..,” and internally they are going, “I don’t feel that good,” and here is what people think I am and here is where I think I am.
Therefore now we have a whole generation that is paralysed with the fear of failure. I don’t even want to try, because if I try I may not be good enough. Because you think I am up here. But I know the real me. I feel incredibly inadequate, a third reason that is becoming even more common unfair criticism, unrealistic compliments. The third one is unwise comparisons. We just look around at other people and say, “You know I am not like them. I am not as attractive or I am not as bright or I don’t have the fruits of the Spirit like other Christians. In fact…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Okay question so we have now, we now have the three pillars of the foundation for this sermon. Apparently feelings of inadequacy a theory that Craig Groeschel has concocted comes about as a result of what he thinks are three things, unfair criticism, unrealistic compliments and unwise comparisons. Where does The Bible discuss unfair criticism, unrealistic compliments or unwise comparisons?
I mean if we are going to be teaching people that this is has something to do with Christian sanctification and well becoming more like Christ and doing the will of God in their life. You know things like that. Then don’t you think we ought to be looking up those biblical passages that discuss the unfair criticisms that we receive or the unrealistic compliments that are destroying our self-image and making us feel like we are inadequate or the unwise comparisons that we make. Don’t you think we ought to be doing this from God’s Word if this is really a Christian teaching?
Craig Groeschel, “I read an article that said social media…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “You read an article? It probably wasn’t found in The Bible though.”
Craig Groeschel, “I read an article that said social media is now one of the greatest causes of feelings of inadequacy. Because you upload your picture of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “So are you suffering from inadequacy as a result of social media envy. Oh yeah Jesus died for that!
Craig Groeschel, “I read an article that said social media is now one of the greatest causes of feelings of inadequacy. Because you upload your picture of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner and then you look at your friend’s picture of lobster with their new wedding ring right by it. Sitting on the beach in Hawaii and you are going, “My life sucks.” I don’t go on vacations and I don’t have movie star friends that you know I have only got a hundred and seventy two followers on Instagram and he has got nine hundred and twelve. I don’t have friends.
I am a loser and when I went out with my friend pastor Steven Furtick he says, “We compare others highlight reels with our behind the scenes. We look at the highlight reels of everybody else’s life and we know the behind the scenes. We see them with their kids and their kids look perfect and we know we just yelled at our kids and their socks don’t even match and we are out in public. We see them worshipping in church and we know our internal doubts. They look all beautiful and put together and we don’t like things about our appearance. We feel very inadequate. We are comparing our behind the scenes with their highlight reels and suddenly our ego starts to tell us what we are not. When God wants to tell us what we are. Let’s look to….”
Chris Rosebrough, “So our ego starts to tell us what we are not, but God wants to tell us what we are. Uh huh, now we go into The Old Testament find a story that kind of sort of fits this theory and then try to make this text fit the theory. He is not exegeting folks. This is a form of Bible twisting. He starts with his own theory and now he has got to find proof texts that kind of look like what he’s that fit his theory.”
Craig Groeschel, “Let’s look today at the story of Gideon. Judges 6 v 11-16, I will read it and add some commentary and then we will break it down.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Judges 6 v 11-16, so we are going to get Judges 6 v 11-16. Why not the whole story of Gideon? Well if he were to do that well then he would have to engage in exegesis and if he was engaging in exegesis he couldn’t make this text fit his theories regarding well feelings of inadequacy and how to overcome them because everybody knows that the story of Gideon is all about God teaching us how to overcome feelings of inadequacy. Not really but pay attention we will let him spin this out a little bit and then we spend a little time in the story of Gideon.”
Craig Groeschel, “Let’s look today at the story of Gideon. Judges 6 v 11-16, I will read it and add some commentary and then we will break it down and let God help us lay down our ego on the altar so we can become who He says we are. We will start in v11.
Judges 6 v 11 (NKJV – New King James Version)”
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah
She has been around for a really long time.
Judges 6 v 11 (NKJV – New King James Version)”
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.
Press the pause button. What was Gideon doing? Everyone would know that anyone responsible threshes wheat out somewhere up high, so that when they throw it up. The wind would blow the chaff away and the purest of the wheat would be left and yet Gideon was in a winepress, because the bottom line was he was afraid of his enemy the Midianites. He was very afraid. He was trying to keep the wheat for himself. He was terrified of the enemy and this what the angel says to him v12.
Judges 6 v 12 (NIV – New International Version)
12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is…..
What? All of our churches say it aloud. You all in Florida give me some help. He said…..
Judges 6 v 12 (NIV – New International Version)
“The Lord is with you, (and then what did he call him? He called him a mighty warrior) mighty warrior.”
If I would have been there I would have told the truth. I would have said the Lord is with you mighty wuss. You are hiding. You are a punk. You are scared. You scaredy cat. But the Lord saw something in Him that he didn’t see in himself. Judges 6 v 13.
Chris Rosebrough, “The text doesn’t say that. The text doesn’t say that God saw something in Gideon that he didn’t see in himself. That is not what this text says. Okay just because the angel of the Lord called Gideon a mighty warrior, doesn’t mean that he was trying to help Gideon overcome his feelings of inadequacy.
Okay this little bit of extra biblical information that Craig has given us, it is not found in the scripture and it is a form of Bible twisting because he is trying to stick it in there. That is called eisegesis. It means to read into the biblical text something that is not there. Nowhere in this text does it say that God saw something inside of Gideon, that he didn’t see in himself. That is not there in the text. But we will take a look at the text in context. Because again like the story of Samson. The story of Gideon is so much better than well this particular retelling of the story by Craig Groeschel trying to help us overcome feelings of inadequacy. Because you know maybe our mums doted on us or we received unfair criticism. You know things like that.”
Craig Groeschel, “Judges 6 v 13-16 (NIV – New International Version)
13 “Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” [God asks]
Now in v15 we are going to see whenever God calls you, empowers you, leads you to do something. Your external enemy will tell you what you are not and your internal enemy will often play the negative messages that your ego has been conditioned to approve.”
Chris Rosebrough, “What our external enemy and your internal enemy? Oh my goodness.”
Craig Groeschel, “Gideon says this……..
Judges 6 v 15 (NIV – New International Version) 15 Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
You might say it this way. Well I am not talented enough and I am not good on stage or I can’t sing or I am not that bright or I am not as godly or if you knew all that I have done or I don’t look like her or I am not as talented as him and all of the inner me messages try to tell you why you can’t do what God said you already could do.
Judges 6 v 16
16 The Lord answered, [with the key to the whole message. He said,] “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”
What are we going to do? We are going to lay down our ego at the altar of God. Because we are not who we think we are, we are going to become who God says we are, three things you need to know about you from the story of Gideon.
Chris Rosebrough, “Now I am going to let him tell us the three things that you need to know about you. That is weird because I am not in the story of Gideon and neither are you. These are dubious three points. Let’s put it that way we continue.”
Craig Groeschel, “The first thing if you are taking notes. When your inner me voices those messages of insecurity and inadequacy. Number one remember that God’s view of you is different than you think.”
Chris Rosebrough, “So you have got to remember that God’s view of you is different than you think. So what would be God’s view of me? We continue…..”
Craig Groeschel, “God’s view of you is different than you think. I promise you that God sees more in you than you see in yourself.
Judges 6 v 12
12 The angel of the Lord appears to Gideon [who is hiding, everything about his physical action says, “I am afraid.”] But the Lord says, “I am with you,” [He calls him a what?] “A mighty warrior.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Maybe he calls him a mighty warrior because the Lord is with him. In other words it is not that there was something unique about Gideon. What was unique about Gideon is that the Lord was with him. The Lord who is mighty save. We continue……”
Craig Groeschel, “God sees more in you than you see in yourself. I love when I watched God establish these principles in Amy’s life. She was an elementary ad major in college and then was a teacher and when we met we fell massively in love like this and while we were engaged, it is the craziest thing.
Before we were even married, she came to me and said, “I really feel like one day when we have children that we are supposed to home educate our kids.” Now I was a public school kid. I didn’t know any home school people. What I thought of them was dorky and so if I knew anybody, I would have made fun of them.
We ended up home educating our kids to this day I make fun of home school kids. Why? Because it is fun and they deserve it and what is funny is they laugh when I make fun of them. Why? Because they are home school kids and so she presents this idea to me and the craziest thing is even though like I am borderline against it, almost immediately something internally said, “This is right,” and so we just without knowing anybody we started investigating and praying about it and almost immediately after she said, “This is what I feel called to do.”
I saw the greatest sense of insecurity rise up within Amy. She is like, “I know I am supposed to do it. But I am not good enough,” and she is like, “I barely made it through algebra one. I have got to teach algebra two as well.” And there is this massive sense of insecurity. She is like, “I am not organised enough and you know I am not going to be good enough,” and what is really cool is that God’s view of her was massively different than her view of herself. Now six kids and graduating our second this year…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Quick note this story that he is telling about his personal life is not actually found in The Bible. This is a personal anecdote apparently to support his own points that he is trying to make. Weird huh?”
Craig Groeschel, “That much time has gone by and this woman who was scared to death that she wouldn’t be good enough is now quite humbly and she wouldn’t say this, but I will tell you she is known throughout her country as one of the foremost experts in home educating. Why? God saw something inside of her that she did not see in herself.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah just like Gideon…..”
Craig Groeschel, “And I want you to know for every single one of you, God’s view of you is different than your view of yourself. Someone told you can’t or you won’t or that won’t or that inner me said here is all the reasons I can’t do what I believe God is calling me to do…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Makes me wonder what he would do with a passage like well from Romans 7. I will start at v14.
Romans 7 v 14-18 (ESV – English Standard Version)
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
Also that you have got that wonderful verse that says…..
Isaiah 64 v 6
6All of our righteous deeds are as filthy rags.
Or you can go back into Romans 3 which then gives us another picture I mean you want to know what God thinks of you right? Romans 3 v 9 well that v9.
Romans 3 v 9-18 (ESV – English Standard Version)
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
So you want to know want God thinks of you at least on the inside right? How about Ephesians 2 starting in v1?
Ephesians 2 v 1-3 (ESV – English Standard Version)
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Alright so you want to know what God thinks about you? I can tell you. You know what God sees when He looks inside of you? Answer sin, death, idolatry, adultery, murder, theft. You know all kinds of yuck. That is what God sees inside of you. Is that what Craig Groeschel is telling us? Far from it, apparently you know God can see right into you and oh there is gold in there. No there isn’t. There is death in there. There is sin in there. That is what Paul says.
Romans 7 v 18 (ESV – English Standard Version)
18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me.
Craig Groeschel, “And I want you to know for every single one of you, God’s view of you is different than your view of yourself. Someone told you can’t or you won’t or that won’t or that inner me said here is all the reasons I can’t do what I believe God is calling me to do. But God’s view of you is different than you think. I love the way it is worded in Ephesians 2 v 10. The Bible says…..
Ephesians 2 v 10 (NLT – New Living Translation)
10 For we are [God’s what? Everybody help me out. What are we?] we are God’s masterpiece. He has created”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah that is funny I was just quoting Ephesians 2 and that is out of context and that is taken from The Message paraphrase. Okay so we have just read Ephesians 2 v 1-3 that basically lays out the fact that we are all born dead in trespasses in sins and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind prior to being regenerate and repentant through faith in Christ. Right this is what it says.
Ephesians 2 v 4-10 (ESV – English Standard Version)
4 ButGod, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
Okay so Ephesians 2 v 10 by the way is not some universal text where Ephesians 2 v 10 says you are God’s masterpiece. No for those of us who are Christians who are born from above, born again, regenerated.
Ephesians 2 v 10 (ESV – English Standard Version)
10 We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.
It is not just some general statement that oh yeah you are just God’s masterpiece. I mean that is complete botching and twisting of this text, narcissistically so at that. Let me back this up just a little bit so that we can hear this statement again.
Craig Groeschel, “Ephesians 2 v 10 (NLT – New Living Translation)
10 For we are [God’s what? Everybody help me out. What are we?] we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he [prepared and] planned for us long ago.
Do you realise that long before you were even born. God had a heavenly to do list just for you and God created you with everything in you to do everything that He calls you to do. God’s view of you is…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “This creation created in Christ Jesus for good works. That is not talking about us being created. It is talking about our being regenerated, created in Christ. This is referencing our being born again.”
Craig Groeschel, “God’s view of you is different than you think, others don’t even see you as God sees you. I love the stories in scripture when everybody else looked at Rahab in The Old Testament. Why do they see? They saw a prostitute. They saw a harlot. What did God see? God saw someone whose heart would be turned toward Him, who would one day marry a godly man named Salmon who then would give birth to generations that through her genealogy would come Jesus the Saviour of the world, others saw a prostitute. But God saw divine potential.”
Chris Rosebrough, “No God’s Word specifically says that Rahab was a prostitute and since that God’s Word is inspired by the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit makes no bones about the fact that Rahab was a prostitute and yet by faith she was saved and she became part of Israel and became the great grandmother of King David. Man this is a mess. Nowhere does it say that God saw the potential in her. There is no verse that says that.”
Craig Groeschel, “But God saw divine potential. When others looked on at David as a child. They saw a little shepherd boy. God saw something in Him that they didn’t see. God saw a warrior able to stand up to a giant. Whenever David sinned and fell as we all do, others saw an adulterer. What did God see? A man who sought after the heart of God more than anything else…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “No David wasn’t absolved because he had a heart after God, He was absolved because of Christ’s mercy and forgiveness. So apparently David sinned and he was an adulterer but hey God saw through all that and saw the golden side of Him. No David had to be forgiven by the shed blood of Christ and his sins atoned for just like you and like me.”
Craig Groeschel, “When Peter messed up again and again and couldn’t seem to get it right, what did Jesus see in Peter? Jesus saw a rock. Jesus saw someone who would one day be the guest speaker at Pentecost. When others see you or when you see yourself. I came here today to tell you God sees more in you than you see. God’s view of you is different than you think. God has put more in you than you realise.”
Chris Rosebrough, “And there is no text in The Bible that actually says any of this. This is a narcissistic eisegetical reading of scripture.”
Craig Groeschel, “God has put more in you than you realise. Number one God’s view of you is different than you think. Number two God has given you more than you think. God has given you more than you think. Judges 6 v 14, I love what God what says to Gideon. Go take a class and get ready for this calling. Is that what it says? No go and enrol in vo-tech so you can be prepared. No go read a book. No what does God say? God says……”
Judges 6 v 14
14 “Go in the [what? God says go in the] strength you have [go in the strength I have already given you. Go in the strength…..]
Chris Rosebrough, “We will address that when we actually take the text. Because the strength that he has actually comes from the Lord. That was the Lord’s opening statement.”
Craig Groeschel, “Judges 6 v 14, “Go in the strength that you already have. Am I not sending you?” You go and use what I have already given you. Go in the strength that you have. There is some of you today, all you hear is the negative message from your inner me. I don’t have what it takes. I don’t measure up. I am not good enough. I am not attractive enough. I want you to know that God has given you more than you think. There is more inside of you. You have everything you need to do.”
Chris Rosebrough, “So let me see if I have this right the problem is I don’t feel adequate. I don’t what….I don’t…..so your solution for me is to say, “Oh I do….I do….I do….I I I and the problem I I I and the solution, this is all about me not Christ and the scriptures are about Christ, they are not about me.”
Craig Groeschel, “Everything that God wants you to do. I am living proof that God put more in me than I ever even imagined. I will give you an example.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah please do because I want to hear more about you rather than Jesus.”
Craig Groeschel, “When I was growing up I really struggled with reading comprehension. I would have tutors and such and because of that and because a teacher told me when I was like in the third grade. You are not a good writer. I just assumed I am not a good writer. I don’t have the ability to write and so my mum who is an English teacher would proof every paper that I wrote all the way up until I graduated to high school.
The truth is and I had to ask her permission to tell you this. The truth is are you ready for this? She wrote most of my papers. She did okay. I ask her I said, “Does that embarrass you?” She said, “Oh no we were really good together. Don’t you remember? We won awards.” It is like yeah. I am in a six grade class and my mum is writing the papers. Of course we won awards you know. But I in the back of my mind the whole time I am going to college and my mum is not going with me. I am screwed you know. I don’t know how to write and so in college I barded I would help people with the Maths and they would proof my papers and so I graduated college. I graduated seminary.
I am busy being a pastor and years go by. Well a publisher comes by and says we like your message and we would like to help you publish a book and I said, “Thank you very much, but I am not a writer. I am a speaker, not a writer. I am a lover not a fighter. Okay you see I am a fighter sometimes. But you know what, what I am saying is I speak, I don’t write and the publisher said, “We really want you to do this.” I am like, “No I do not write. I don’t write.” And the publisher said, “We will hire you an editor to help coach you.”
And so I said, “Okay if you will coach me and help me. I will do it.” Well I got this editor, his name was Brian. He was really helpful and I kept trying to write. I couldn’t get a page done, because I was so hard on myself. I was so afraid to send it to him like he is not going to like it. He is going put punctuation and that is supposed to be a semicolon. Like I didn’t know how to do that stuff, so I was so afraid. So what Brian said is he spoke in a language I understood. He said what I want you to do is I want you just to vomit on the page. Okay I know how to vomit. I am good at vomiting. I really am I can smell poop and vomit. Just like that I can vomit.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Because this story is so much like the story of Gideon. It is just like it.”
Craig Groeschel, “And so he said I want you to just type as fast as you can. Don’t worry about punctuation. Don’t worry about paragraphs. Just type for two hours and then send me what you wrote and so for two hours long and I typed out literally about a chapter’s worth of content. I sent it to Brian. He picked up the phone and he called me and he said to me, “Did you really just do this much in two hours?” I said, “Yeah,” and he said, “It is the most amazing high quality work in that short period of time I have ever seen in my entire life.” He said, “I don’t know what you have been believing, but you actually are a writer.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Oh wow it is a miracle.”
Craig Groeschel, “Thank you for that little golf clap.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Because it is just like the story of Gideon.”
Craig Groeschel, “Because what you need to understand is for thirty somewhat years I had no idea that was in me. Now I am not the best quality writer. But every editor I have ever worked with said I am the fastest they have ever seen. People say, “how do you have time to write?” Well it is like now therapeutic for me. Some guys go play golf. Some guys work on cars. I go and work with words and it comes out so easily. I have written this book. I have written another book to men. I have written one on marriage. They are just sitting there because publishers can’t publish them. It just I am telling you when I hold up a like this it says Become Who God Says You Are. It is more emotional to me than you can imagine. Because I didn’t…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Right more emotional than actually holding up The Bible, which is the Word of God.”
Craig Groeschel, “Because I didn’t believe it was possible and now this is an outlet and expression…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “And is this what Christianity is all about you discovering the writer inside of you or uh huh……”
Craig Groeschel, “This is an outlet and expression of what God has put in me, that I didn’t even know was there.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah you know what let’s take a break from Craig Groeschel. His ego is actually too big for even the state of Oklahoma. I am beginning to think it is probably too big for even like The United States of America. Judges 6, you will see a parallel here in the story between the story of Samson and Gideon. It becomes very well readily understood very quickly in the story.
Judges 6 v 1-4 (ESV – English Standard Version)
1 The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. 3 For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. 4 They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey.
Well that is the kind of situation that is dire because then you have nothing to eat and if you don’t have anything to eat you starve and you die. Okay and so I mean this is a desperate situation.
Judges 6 v 5-10 (ESV – English Standard Version)
5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in.6 And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the Lord.
7 When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord on account of the Midianites, 8 the Lord sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery. 9 And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 And I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed my voice.”
What have they done? They have committed idolatry, which is spiritual adultery.
Judges 6 v 11 (ESV – English Standard Version)
11 Now the angel of the Lord [And you are going to see that this is Jesus again] came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites.
Why is he doing this? Because they don’t Israel doesn’t have the power to overpower the Midianites. Because God was judging them, so he is doing what he can in order to basically harvest a crop here so that he can have a meal and not die he and his family.
Judges 6 v 12 (ESV – English Standard Version)
12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you,
This is the important part. What does the angel start off with? The Lord Yahweh is with you.
Judges 6 v 12-14 (ESV – English Standard Version)
12O mighty man of valor.” 13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 And the Lord turned to him and said……
Notice it says the LORD.
Judges 6 v 14 (ESV – English Standard Version)
“14And Yahweh turned to Gideon and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian;
Now this might of yours, what might is it? Not his own might. This might that God has given him, for the Lord is with him.
Judges 6 v 14 (ESV – English Standard Version)
14 Do not I send you?”
Okay so what is the strength that Gideon has? Not his own. He has the strength that the LORD has given Him and the LORD has promised to be with him.
Judges 6 v 15 (ESV – English Standard Version)
15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
This is not a lie. This is probably true.
Judges 6 v 16-22 (ESV – English Standard Version)
16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” 17 And he said to him, “If now I have found favour in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. 18 Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”
19 So Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephahof flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. 20 And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour the broth over them.” And he did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight. 22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.”
He is afraid because he has seen God right.
Judges 6 v 23-24 (ESV – English Standard Version
23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace.
What a great name The Lord Is Peace. You know Yahweh shalom / shalem שָׁלֹ֑ום. Right that is what it says.
Judges 6 v 24 (ESV – English Standard Version)
24 The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites. 25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.” 27 So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.
28 When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built. 29 And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.” 30 Then the men of the town said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.” 31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.” 32 Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar.
Yes the story goes on to talk about how the Midianites armies then came into Israel and how God had Gideon call the men of Israel up and then whittle them down to three hundred of the most pharaoh men known at the time and it was only three hundred men that defeated the entire army of the Midianites. Why? Well so that only the LORD could get the glory. Gideon doesn’t get the glory. The reason why Gideon and his army of three hundred pharaoh Israelite men defeated the Midianites and the Amalekites is specifically because the LORD was with them and it was the LORD who caused terror to fall on the army of the Midianites and Amalekites so that they fled in terror before Gideon. God is the one who won this victory, not Gideon. So you get just read the rest of the story. It is so much better so it is not that God saw something amazing that no one else saw in Gideon. No it is that the LORD was with Gideon. Yeah we continue…….”
Craig Groeschel, “There is someone here. You here you need to hear this because there is more in you than you realise. God put more inside of you than you realise. I love what scripture says. This is so powerful. Scripture says this is in 2 Peter 1 v 3.
That God’s divine power has given you what? Everybody say this aloud….
2 Peter 1 v 3
3 His divine power has given us everything we need [Is God holding anything back from you? No, He gives you everything you need for what? For life and godliness through what?] Through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah that is right and where do we get our knowledge of Him? From God’s Word in context rightly handled.”
Craig Groeschel, “It is in our knowledge of him that He gives us everything that we need. Don’t you dare believe what somebody else said about you. Don’t you dare believe those…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah that is not the point that Peter was making. Like far from it.”
Craig Groeschel, “Don’t you dare believe those negative messages that your inner me continues to tell you that you can’t. God’s view is different than you think. God has given you more than you think. But I am not a stage person. I am more a behind the scenes. Jesus said, “Yeah and the behind the scenes those who serve, those are the greatest. You maybe the greatest in the kingdom of God and you don’t even know it.”
Oh I am not a six figure guy. I have got to ring six figures. Listen you maybe home with your children six nights a week and that is far greater and will make a bigger difference than what you earn as you invest your life into your children. Well I just I never know the right thing to say. Some people they just say the right thing. I just I am good at listening, but I am not good at really saying things. Listen more lives have been changed by a good listener than by people who just mouth off. Listening it is a gift from God and your presence can represent God’s presence. God has given you more than you think. Don’t you ever…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “This is quite the ego boosting pep talk don’t you think? Don’t you feel your feelings of inadequacy just shrivelling away and dying and now you have got a good godly sense of self adequacy. Yeah because that is what The Bible is all about right.”
Craig Groeschel, “Don’t you ever insult God by talking about what you don’t have. God has given you everything you need to do everything that God wants you to do. Does anybody feel this inside? Let it go deep down within your heart.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah I am not feeling it, not at all.”
Craig Groeschel, “God has given you number one more than you think. Number two God’s view, God has, number one God’s view of you is different than you think. Number two God has given you more than you can think and number three are you ready for this? It is less about you than you think. This is what the LORD said to Gideon.”
Chris Rosebrough, “The irony here is that this sermon is all about you and your feelings of inadequacy and how you need to have feelings of adequacy.”
Craig Groeschel, “Judges 6 v 16 “The LORD said, “I will be……” [What? Everybody in all Albany New York say it with me.] I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”
(Judges 6 v 16) God says, “I will be…..” what? He says, “I will be with you.” Do you remember when the angel appeared to Gideon at the very beginning, the angel said, “The LORD is what?” Do you remember?
Judges 6 v 12 (NIV – New International Version)
12 He said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
It was less about Gideon and more about God’s power than Gideon ever realised. Listen to me when God calls you to do something, it is more about the presence of God than it is about your own power. It is more about…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “And what exactly is God calling me to do?”
Craig Groeschel, “It is more about His strength than it is about your strength. It is less about you than you think. That is why as a believer we take our ego and we lay it down at his altar.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Which verse says to do that? Again you never put anything that is speckled or blemished or icky on the altar, only a spotless sacrifice is acceptable and my ego and your ego those don’t qualify.”
Craig Groeschel, “So we will not be who others say we are. We will not be who we wrongly think we are, but we will become who God says we are. We lay it down. It is less about us thank we think. I told you earlier that I feel very inadequate to be a pastor and I do…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “And now we are going into another story about Craig Groeschel. Do you think we could just not year any more stories about you Craig and rather hear one about Jesus?”
Craig Groeschel, “Because I am an inadequate. I really am. I know I am behind the scenes okay and I am not good enough. The good news is it is less about me than I think and here is what I do…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Wait if you are confessing that you are inadequate wouldn’t the good news be that Jesus is adequate for us. I mean that has something to do with the biblical gospel.”
Craig Groeschel, “The good news is it is less about me than I think and here is what I do, every week when I preach I get very nervous before the first service when I preach on Saturdays. Every week people say, “Do you still get nervous?” Absolutely, I still get nervous every single time. I used to throw up. I told you I am good at throwing up. It is a gift. I used to throw up in a bucket every time before I preached.
I would get that nervous okay. I don’t do that anymore. Now I just throw up in my mouth and I swallow it and I am good to go. I am not really I don’t do that. But I get my hands are ice cold. There is poor circulation. I just have to get alone. I have to just pray because I feel inadequate. But here is what I do and this is if you are at my campus you will see me do this every time before I speak. It is very meaningful of me what I do, is before I start I take a step forward every single time and I do that to say that I am stepping out of Craig Groeschel into the calling of God.
Because it is really not about me, it is really about Him and when I step into His calling, I step into His strength, His power, His goodness, His grace. Because it is less about me and it is more about Him and that is how I can do what He calls me to do and that is how you can do what God calls you to do. But I am not good enough. No step into His grace, or I am not smart enough. No step into His power. His power is made perfect in your weakness.
Well I am not as pretty as she is, hey step into your calling. You have got something she doesn’t have and you have got a calling that she doesn’t have. Well I am never going to be adequate as a parent. No you step into what God has called you to do, if He calls you He will equip you. You have everything you need to do everything He wants you to do. Well I just I can’t get it all done. Well step into His strength and let Him do it through you. You are not who others say you are. You are not who your inner me says you are. You are who God says you are and He says……”
Chris Rosebrough, “Yeah and God’s Word says I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. God’s Word says that there is nothing good that dwells in me (Romans 7 v 18). God says that all of my righteous deeds, all of my good works are as filthy menstrual rags (Isaiah 64 v 6). That is what God’s Word says about me and it says about you as well. That is why we all need a Saviour and need to be clothed in His righteousness, because there is nothing good that dwells within us.”
Craig Groeschel, “You are who God says you are and He says you are His masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works that He prepared a long time ago for you to do. So you lay down your inadequacy at the altar.”
Chris Rosebrough, “Again which verse tells me to lay down my inadequacy at the altar again? At the altar of God you are only allowed to lay down spotless unblemished sacrifices. Feelings of inadequacy would not suffice here.”
Craig Groeschel, “You kneel down and sacrifice that before God and when you stand up you stand…..”
Chris Rosebrough, “Isn’t the good news that Jesus Christ laid down His life as a sacrifice for our sins? That is the gospel. Not that I need to lay down my feelings of inadequacy. But that Christ laid down His life for the sins of the world. This is what the scriptures say. Again what Craig Groeschel is saying here this is well this isn’t the biblical gospel, this is a different gospel and it is a completely wrong sacrifice. Christianity points to the sacrifice of the Son of God to propitiate the wrath of God and to reconcile us to the Father.
2 Corinthians 5 v 19, 21
19 For God was in Christ reconciling all the world to Himself, not counting men’s trespasses against them. 21 For God made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so we might be the righteousness of God.
That is what the gospel teaches. This is not the gospel.
Craig Groeschel, “You kneel down and sacrifice that before God and when you stand up you stand up and be who God called you to be, because God’s view of you is different than you think. God has given you more than you think and it is less about you than you think. It is really all about Him. Father we pray today that your….”
Chris Rosebrough, “Done yeah sorry you don’t get to pray for us. So there you go Altar Ego Craig Groeschel preaching from his book Altar Ego about feelings of inadequacy and he completely biffed the sacrifice that Christianity points to. It is not you sacrificing your feelings of inadequacy at the altar of God, as if such a sacrifice could do anything. But it is about Christ laying down His life for you, for the forgiveness of your sins. That is what Christianity and the good news of the gospel is all about. This other stuff was just complete pablum and psychobabble and it is not what The Bible teaches at all. In fact this was a false gospel. The type of false gospel that is condemned with anathemas in the first chapter of The Book of Galatians where Paul says……
Galatians 1 v 8 (ESV – English Standard Version)
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
This gospel of Craig Groeschel’s is no gospel, it is no good news at all. It is a false gospel and you laying down your feelings of inadequacy at the altar of God will accomplish absolutely nothing to propitiate the wrath of God against you and your sins. If anything if you really think that you can stand before a holy and just God on the day of judgement and say, “Well hey I did what Craig Groeschel told me to do and I sacrificed at the altar of God my feelings of inadequacy. Doesn’t that do anything?” Christ is likely to say to you, “Depart from Me. I never knew you.”
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