Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Gospel: Exlcusive but Effective

“If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than the one we have preached then let them be accursed.”
Gal. 1:8

Warning: The next few lines are not necessarily seeker-friendly. Not that churches shouldn’t be seeker-friendly but they need to place a priority on being God-fearing and Christ-honoring. We cannot sacrifice truth for the sake of unity. There is only one Jesus, only one cross, only one acceptable sacrifice for our sin. There is no other way to obtain salvation, the hope of heaven and help in this life. A cursory glance at this old world will tell you that much of what you and I counted on in the past is in a state flux at present. We are living in times that could be compared to the “days of Noah.” Homosexuality, abortion, soaring divorce rates, rising debt-loads, wars and rumors of war, famines, mutating strains of diseases, all sorts of immorality, chaos abounds around the world and it seems that we can only watch it unfold around us and pray that we are not the next victim. But Christ is more than prevention, He is the cure as well.
It is not unusual for us to see or hear of people that are hailed for their spiritual, religious or tolerant views. But what we need is to hear the truth. Not what assuages the fear and anxiety for a moment but for eternity. If we, the body of Christ, shun our privilege to live, preach and teach the gospel then what hope do those around us have as a hope? And what pleasure does God derive from our disobedience? Furthermore, what is sure, established and steadfast in this world? What news resonates more with broken, hurting and hardened hearts than that of God coming in the flesh to not only show the way but to be the way for all those that would believe on Him.
Andrae Crouch said it well with these lyrics:
Jesus is the answer
For the world today
Above Him there’s no other
Jesus is the way

Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, came to earth, died on the cross, was buried and rose again. This is the Gospel (Good News), there is no other.

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