THE SIMPLE GOSPEL
Jesus christ came into the world to redeem men from sin. His teaching, his methods, his death, and his resurrection comprise a message of God’s love and redeeming power against the backdrop of his certain judgment on sin and the unrepentant sinner.
The Gospel is the story of God’s mercy made available to men by faith. It is designed to meet the universal need of men everywhere. The Apostle Paul condensed to two sentences the essence of the Gospel: “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures … and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
Why, then, is the Gospel being made so complicated today? Why do so many church members not have the foggiest notion of what the Gospel is? Why does the average churchgoer often leave a church service without either hearing or understanding the message?
There are millions of souls today who would say, if only they knew how, “Sir, we would see Jesus.”
Many Christians mourn, saying: “They have taken away the Lord.… and we know not where they have laid him.”
This article is being written in love, not in anger. It is also being written with the firm conviction that somewhere along the line the simplicity of the Gospel has been lost and replaced by a multiplicity of words, opinions, questions, denials, and subterfuges.
This is also to affirm that the “strong meat” of Christian doctrine is necessary for Christian growth and maturity and no Christian has the right to live on spiritual “milk” the remainder of his life.
Nevertheless, the theological world is so cluttered up by speculative theories, philosophical presuppositions, conditioned biases against the supernatural and the miraculous, and a preference for human reasoning at the expense of divine revelation ...1
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