“What a great question. I guess I’d probably… my instinct is to say that it’s Jesus coming, living, dying, and being resurrected and his inaugurating the already and the not yet of all things being restored to himself… and that happening by way of himself… the being made right of all things… that process both beginning and being a reality in the lives and hearts of believers and yet a day coming when it will be more fully realized. But the good news, the gospel, the speaking of the good news, I would say is the news of his kingdom coming the inaugurating of his kingdom coming… that’s my instinct.”
Webb's wishy-washy answer is
deficient, lacking clarification and teaches a false gospel.
He's plainly states that he is going by his "instinct,"
which means that he clearly DOESN'T know what the gospel is
Biblically. Thankfully, we don't need to rely upon our frail
and unreliable “instinct” because the Word of God clearly
defines the gospel (i.e., the good news) for us.
1st Corinthians 15:1-4 Teaches the Biblical Gospel
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
That's the Biblical gospel—Jesus died, was buried, and rose again.
All men are sinners (Romans 3:10; 23). There is a penalty for sin—death (Romans 6:23). Not only physical death, but also spiritual death in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8; 20:11-15). To commit even one sin makes us guilty of all in God's eyes (James 2:10). Our self-righteousness is filth to God (Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). There is nothing we can do to save ourselves (Ephesians 2:8,9).
But God expressed his love toward us, knowing how sinful we would be, by sending His only begotten Son into the world to die for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). This is the good news. We don't have to go to Hell when we die, we can go to Heaven to be with the Lord because He has paid for our sins with His own blood (Acts 20:27).
Thus, we need Jesus' righteousness (Matthew 6:33; 1st Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:3,4). Jesus paid for our sins, by sacrificing His precious literal, physical blood (1st Peter 1:18,19; Hebrews 9:12). Our sins can only be washed away by Jesus' blood (1st John 1:7; Revelation 1:5). We can be saved simply by acknowledging our GUILT of sin (Romans 3:19) and believing on Jesus as the Christ (Acts 10:43)... “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
Webb's gospel is so vague that it doesn't say hardly anything. It is tragic that CCM singers, who influence MILLIONS of people, have dropped the ball concerning the gospel.
I challenge you to visit ANY mainstream so-called “Christian” artist today, and show me where they present the Biblical gospel. You cannot. They're all a bunch of greedy hypocrites, who exploit Christianity to gain popularity and make lots of money.
In Romans 1:16 the Apostle Paul said, "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." Paul wasn't ashamed of the gospel as all mainstream CCM singers are today.
The Biblical gospel includes telling people that the Bible condemns them to Hell fire as sinners. This means offending the audience and telling them the truth about sin. Of course, this means fewer fans and lost sales revenue. No wonder Amy Grant made the following horrible statement concerning soulwinning...
“I'm a singer, not a preacher, I'm not looking to convert anybody.” (Los Angeles Times, 5/4/84, pg. 2-c)
Well, she sure has done a great job of not converting anybody, because all her fans are going to Hell fire no thanks to her. So sad! Amy Grant is a sellout, a big phony and a disgrace to the name of Christ. Sadly, millions of women have been influenced for Satan through Amy's adulterous lifestyle, worldly attitude and Christless testimony. The idea that a Christian singer is not expected by God to share the gospel is unbiblical... "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise" (Proverb 11:30). I guess that means Amy is a fool.
Satan loves religious lingo that doesn't really say anything nor convey any comprehensible meaning. Every hellbound Catholic, Jehovah's Witness and Mormon would agree with Derek Webb's interpretation of the gospel. Webb's lame definition of the gospel has sparked quite a bit of controversy throughout various blogs. I won’t take the time to link them all, but they are easily found. There is no blood sacrifice, no focus upon man's sin, no need to be born-again, no requirement for repentance, no imputed righteousness, et cetera. There can be no salvation without repentance, i.e., a sincere acknowledgment of one's guilt for violating God's Law. We are sinners and Jesus is the Savior.
Notice the All-seeing eye is represented
The idea that one can go to
Heaven simply by making a commitment to God or dedicating
one's life to Jesus is a false gospel. The issue of one's
personal sins MUST be dealt with, which is why Jesus came to
die on the cross for our SINS. The Apostle Paul states in
1st Corinthians 15:3, “For I delivered unto you first of
all that which I also received, how that Christ died for
our sins according to the scriptures.” Amen! It was
OUR SINS that nailed Jesus to the cross. Jesus came to save
us... “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through him might be saved”
Derek Webb Curses and Promotes Homosexuality
In his heathen song, WHAT MATTERS MORE, Derek Webb condemns God-fearing Christians who preach against the sin of homosexuality. Webb curses in the song, expressing his anger and contempt for Christians who honor the Lord by speaking out against the evils of homosexuality. What two people do in the privacy of their home is one thing, but when homosexuals parade their wickedness down America's streets, Christians must also take a stand for God against the evils of the homosexual agenda (which is to homosexualize our children and society).
Homosexuals don't want to hide their disgusting behaviour in private anymore; but rather, they want churches to support their evil lifestyle, they want ordained Sodomite ministers, and they want our children to accept their evil lifestyle as normal and proper. It just won't happen as long as there's a God in Heaven! Any victory won by the homosexual community today will be short lived (Hebrews 9:27; Romans 1:24-32). I don't condemn anybody, for we are all sinners; but when so-called Christian singers are trying to force churches to support gay rights, that's a whole different ballgame.
Here are the pathetic lyrics to Derek Webb's sinful song defending gay rights...
What Matters More Lyrics
You say always treat people like you'd like to be
I guess you love being hated for your sexuality
You love when people put words in your mouth
About what you believe
Make you sound like a freak
'Cause if you really believed
What you say you believe
You wouldn't be so damned reckless
With the words you speak
You wouldn't silently consent
When the liars speak
Denying all the dying of the remedy
Tell me, brother what matters more to you
Tell me, sister what matters more to you
If I can see what's in your heart
By what comes out of your mouth
Then it sure looks to me like being straight
Is all it's about
It looks like being hated
For all the wrong things
Like chasing the wind
While the pendulum swings
'Cause we can talk and debate
Till we're blue in the face
About the language and tradition
That He's coming to save
And meanwhile we sit
Just like we don't have give a shit about
Fifty thousand people who are dying today
Derek Webb attempts to use the Golden Rule, i.e., do unto others as you would have them do unto you, to justify the sin of homosexuality. Webb is perverting the truth of God's Word, just as Romans 1:25 said the wicked would do. I firmly believe that Derek Webb is a homosexual, and that he will come out soon if he hasn't already. Right now is a golden opportunity for God-haters to achieve instant success and wealth... just tell everyone you're gay. But this trend will not last; as soon as thousands of artists come out of the gay closet, the opportunity will be lost. So if you hate God and are money-hungry, and want to become famous real quick, announce that you are a homosexual and sing gospel songs at the same time to confuse everyone. Satan will make you a star!
I am not trying to be unkind, but Derek Webb is just another imposter exploiting Christianity for his own personal gain (having sold over 1,000,000 albums so far). The world is dying and going to Hell while thousands of CCM artists (who have strong influence over tens-of-millions of fans) remain silent concerning the truth. I'd like to see just one CCM artist tell it like it is—warning people about the Satanic Catholic Church, warning people that they'll burn in Hell if they don't get born-again, warning people that the road to Hell is paved with religion, et cetera. Instead, CCM artists talk a bunch of ecumenical garbage and never make a genuine effort to get anybody saved. To get people saved, you have to start by showing them that they are hellbound sinners under the condemnation of God's Law. There can be NO salvation without the Law of God.
None of the Apostles started a musical ministry. Jesus never focused upon music as a means of evangelism. The Biblical method is preaching... “But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching...” (Titus 1:3). It would be a wonderful thing if the CCM industry disappeared tomorrow permanently. Of course, a lot of fakes a phonies would go broke. What America needs are believers who love the Lord enough to tell the truth without reserve or apology. God didn't hold back in His Word; He is direct and in-your-face, which is why the Bible is the most loved and hated Book in the world. God is brutally honest and so should we be. CCM artists are covetous cowards!
Derek Webb is bad news.