Thursday, June 19, 2008

Back to the gospel

What is the gospel?

Christians really need to ask themselves that question. What is the gospel? I mean it in every form that the question may be understood:
  • How do I say the gospel in words?
  • What does the gospel mean?
  • What is special about the gospel?

Well, what is it? It is the good news right? The news that Christ came to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.

The purpose of this post is to address a common problem in Christianity: St. Fancis really didn't have our postmodern age in mind when he said

"Preach the Gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words." [Source]

Firstly, this is not scripture. Nor is it included in scripture. Now I'm not refuting good works, but they don't save, nor do they actually show salvation [CHECK ME OUT].

The gospel is the good news, which includes the bad news. People need it. Christians need it. Remember the gospel is the "power of God unto salvation". I would encourage everyone to take the command to make disciples seriously. It is not an optional extra to salvation, it is salvation.

Jesus came down and gave us an example and He spoke. So should we. God gave us creation and a spoken (and now written) word. If we use these tools then others have a right to them.

"Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that." - [C.H. Spurgeon]

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