How wide is the distinction between the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and that other gospel of which Paul speaks, and which is indeed no gospel (Gal:1:6-9). . . . [That other gospel] teaches that man is not so very bad; that he has a Divine spark. . . . It tells man to cheer up, think good thoughts, believe in himself, turn over a new leaf, chip in and help keep the wheels of the Church machinery moving, and everything will come out right in the end. This gospel denies the personality of Satan and the punishment of the wicked; it has a heaven, but no hell; a Christ but no Cross; a leader, but no Lord. . . . [I]t has soft words for sinners. . . . [A]t its shrines it serves soothing sophistries to itching ears. In the place of Scripture facts it has silly fables; it denies the doctrines of the Bible and dishes up doctrines of devils. . . . The gospel of gush has no grip upon men. The demand of the day is for strong, sturdy preachers of the pure Gospel of Grace, and zealous followers of the living God.
—T. C. Horton, 1910
Jesus Christ my Lord has set me free from a sinful life and eternal damnation in hell. He has freed me from 16 years of alcohol and drug addiction, 5+ years of cigarette smoking, 11+ years of medication when the doctors and therapists said I’d probably have to depend on them for the rest of my life. He’s freed me from loneliness, depression, hopelessness, suicidal feelings, confusion. Since Jesus set me free I can shout with all confidence, “Rejoice in the Lord always . . . be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of god which passes all understanding will guard your hears and minds in Christ Jesus!”
—TBC reader JC, Connecticut