The Cotton Patch Gospel.

Cotton Patch Gospel As if I needed more evidence of the decline of the visible church in America, I stumbled upon the following DVD offered in a Vision Videos Christian catalog. The Cotton patch Gospel is described as follows:

This award-winning musical drama is a leg-slappin’, toe-tappin’, hand-clappin’ hoe-down of a story that retells the Gospels of Matthew and John—translated into present day Southern vernacular. It brings the far away places of Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem closer to home—Atlanta and Valdosta, Georgia. From his birth in a trailer in Gainesville, Georgia to his Good Friday lynching and Easter Sunday victory, the story of Mary Davidson’s son, Jesus, is presented musically with zest and uninhibited joy.

Imagine if you will, that someone made a video like this of Islam, and depicted Mohamed in the same fashion as they did Jesus Christ. The Muslims would be up in arms.

Not us, though. We shrug at it and order a copy for our church youth group.

Ichabod! Ichabod! Ichabod!


I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

– Galatians 1:6-9

3 thoughts on “The Cotton Patch Gospel.

  1. I think that today true disciples need a set of guidelines to pose before judging ministries. Some are outwardly un-biblical- go against scripture, some are less biblical- they go against the heart of God, and then there are others that just make us cringe, but could quite possibly lead others to Jesus. I am not sure where this one falls as I haven’t watched it, but it does make me cringe…Let us all pray that it leads people to Jesus.


  2. P31WT:

    Not sure if I understood your comment correctly, but are you suggesting that this Cotton Patch “gospel” is ok? And that perhaps that “ministry” was judged unfairly by DefCon?

    This ‘other gospel’ suggests that Jesus was “lynched.” Your faith stands of falls on the ‘shed blood’ of Jesus Christ because without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.

    To suggest that we can contextualize the gospel to the point that He did not shed His blood upon a cross as the propitiation for our sins, is to subvert the work of Christ and to preach another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).

    – The Pilgrim


  3. I completely agree that this is in very poor taste and even goes into racisim, and false gospels. I am not agreeing that it is ok, nor suggesting that it was judged unfairly by DefCon, I am simply hoping that it can still be used by Him to draw people to Him…


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