1. They love traditions.
2. They love religion.
3. They love the physical blessings they believe are theirs because
they think they're "spiritual
4, They love Calvinistic teaching, because they love to believe that God is controlling every little aspect of their lives. This relieves them of the responsibility to obey the word of God!
5. They love the "works salvation" message. They want to believe THEY did something to help God save them.
6. They love the success and growth of religion, with its numbers and huge church buildings.
7. They love that "kingdom doctrine" - some of it anyway - they don't particularly like the part where it says, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on." (They get up and go to work every day!)
8. They love the entertainment.
9. They love that "you're okay and they're okay;" we just need something to generate a spark to bring forth that "goodness."
10. They love emotions and feelings, and like speaking in tongues, signs and wonders, and all the trappings that go with the religious system.
11, They DON'T like suffering and persecution or people calling them a heretic. ("What you're teaching couldn't be right; if it was, there'd be more of you!") They "go with the flow" downstream, never resisting the traditions, the religion, and the doctrinal teaching they've embraced for so long.
12. But what they really HATE is the idea that those who came before them and believed what they believe could possibly have been wrong!
Should we let this formidable list of reasons why most people won't accept the fact that Paul is the Apostle of the Gentiles - and was given a new gospel message of our complete reconciliation with God if we will only believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished it on our behalf at