1206462482_4ef3a2b363_bI’m going to do a little editing of my own to a favorite passage (Romans 5:1-11, ESV).  See if this sounds at all like the modern day gospel (my changes are in italics).  I realize this shows how ridiculous a gospel of our own making sounds when comparing it to the gospel of our Lord Jesus delivered to the apostles—but that’s the point.  The reality is this: Man’s gospel doesn’t jive with the truth of God.  If we are going to re-write the gospel the possibilities are endless (don’t mind my sarcasm).

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith our works, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ righteous behavior2 Through him our good deeds we have also obtained access by faith our works into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God our progress in becoming the nicest people we can be. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings being able to say we live like no one else, knowing that our suffering prosperity produces endurance our best life now. 4and endurance our best life now produces character jealousy in others and character jealousy in others produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love our living high on the hog has been poured into our hearts will allow God to give us a pass for any low living we did before we knew better through the Holy Spirit thanks to our favorite television personality who has been given to us because they were responsible for our becoming a Christian after all, let alone getting control of our finances.

 6 For while we were still weak doing a pretty good job on our own, at the right time at a moment when God was caught off guard Christ died for the ungodly those who had every intention to seek him. 7 For one will scarcely die for help out a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die help out8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners almost making the grade, Christ died for us gave us a hand9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood our random acts of kindness, how much more shall we be saved by him our feeding the poor from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies just procrastinating we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son showing other people how to get their priorities straight, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life our own most ardent attempts to ever consider what Jesus would do. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ purpose driven life through whom which we have now received reconciliation our fire insurance and the reward we so much deserve.

Notice I didn’t re-write the whole text—a lie is more likely to go undetected when it’s mixed with the truth after all.