Meeting Need Gospel:
Meeting need gospel is the topic we have to elucidate and verify its authenticity. In order to ascertain this, it has to be done through the prism of the truth. It is of paramount important to verify this kind of gospel because it’s making wave within the church family. Meeting need gospel is that gospel that is centered on the need of people. That is preaching to people and citing their needs as the reason to come to Christ.
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So people are told to come to Christ because in Christ their needs will be met. And they will be free from wants and every situation that is perturbing them. Assuming is someone who is sick, one has to tell him to come to Christ in order to be healed. So meeting need gospel is a kind of motivational gospel that targets the needs of people. It shows that people’s needs have become the contact point to draw them to Christ instead of their sins. And somehow people who hear this gospel come to Christ with that expectation that their needs will be met.
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Somehow, majority of the people who hear the meeting need gospel do have their needs met. And also there are those who are disappointed because they accepted the gospel but their expectations were not met. The backlash is that, it looks like a ruse was played on them if not why didn’t their own needs be met? And as a result of this, they find fault in the gospel of Christ. For them, if Jesus is real as revealed through the meeting need gospel he should have resolved their situation?
The Idea Behind Meeting Need Gospel:
The proponents of meeting need gospel believe that this gesture is ideal because it touches people to the point of their needs. This gospel is presented in a way that it appears that what Jesus died for is to meet needs. But the fact remains that, the gospel of Christ has only one need to meet. And that need is the need to deliver man from the penalty of sin.
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This is the only need that is peculiar and particular to man and no man on this earth is capable of meeting. And since man cannot be able to meet it, God came in human form to deliver man from it. This is the gospel called the message of Christ. Meanwhile, let’s examine some weaknesses of the meeting need gospel. Obviously, need becomes reality the moment a man is conceived in the womb. The actuality therefore is that no one on this earth is living without a need to meet. In this case is right to say that life revolves around meeting needs.
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Nevertheless, we have to concede that needs are relative and are not unique in nature. So since they are relative, it implies that they differ from one individual to another. What some people consider as a serious need in their life could mean nothing to another people. On the other hand, what some people are earnestly yearning for could be what others have and are looking for a way to discard it.
The Irony Of Needs:
This of course means that someone might be in need of a husband for instance; the other person’s need is that she wants a divorce. Another is seriously in need of a child and the other’s problem is that God ‘gave’ her a wrong child. And left for her it would have been better she had has no child. Also another’s problem is how she can get a job in a bank. And the other is how she can get rid of the banking job at hand.
One may say his need is money and another says his palaver is how he can live a peaceful life. All the examples above are relative in nature and meeting them cannot point someone to Christ. One may have all of the things mentioned above yet miss Christ!
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Again, it’s important to reiterate the fact that this write up isn’t against believers meeting the need of each other. In fact it’s encouraging having believers and gathering of Christians that take care of the needs of others. This should be applauded and should be encouraged by believers even with their resources. But the point is that needs shouldn’t be the means to draw people in order to believe in Christ.
Therefore, this write up is exposing the weaknesses in opting for meeting need gospel as means to preach Christ. The only means to preach Christ is Christ and we can see that from the scripture. Let’s see what happened in the book of Acts.
“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.”
Meeting Need Gospel Is Wrong:
The above verse says “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.” So what Philip preached was not the needs of the people or his exploits but Christ. This means that he centered his preaching on the Messiahship of Christ. The messiahship of Christ entails the preaching of the suffering and glorification of the Christ. Therefore, that Philip went to Samaria and preached Christ means that he went to prove that Jesus is the Christ. The message of Christ is encapsulated in the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Christ. This is what Apostle Paul in another place declared;
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”
1 Corinthians 1:23
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The preaching of Christ does an important job in the life of a sinner, and that is the revelation of the righteousness of God to him or her. Let’s see how Apostle puts it here.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Preaching Christ Provides Salvation:
This is what the meeting need gospel lacks. The meeting need gospel doesn’t have what it takes to offer a sinner salvation. And that is why many are in our churches today but they are not saved. The gospel preached to them is the meeting need gospel. And all their purpose of coming to church is to see their needs met.
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So our churches have become a place to link up businesses and business contacts. People attend a particular church simply because there are opportunities of business in it. One can hook up to one brother or sister that is well to do and life becomes rosy. It is just about how to satisfy needs that draws people to church not to seek Christ.
This is the way Apostle puts it;
“For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”
However, when Christ is preached sinners comes to church to seek Christ and how to grow in the knowledge of Him. Preaching Christ therefore, is the only gospel!
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