7/15/2014 8:22:48 AM
The Offense of the Gospel
Have you noticed that the light of the Gospel has been replaced by the gospel “lite?” Too many well meaning evangelists have taken the offense out of the Gospel to make it more appealing and attractive to more people. Their man-centered gospel exalts man and his importance while diminishing God and His significance. It emphasizes Gods love while ignoring His holiness, justice and hatred of sin. It is not the sharp, two-edged sword that pierces hearts and exposes self righteousness, pride and false religious traditions. It doesn’t penetrate the hardened hearts of sinners or cause them to cry out in godly sorrow, “What must I do to be saved?” It doesn’t call people to repent of their false way and false beliefs. The result is that multitudes are trusting in a false “gospel” that keeps them dead in their sin.
The true Gospel is offensive to those who are offensive to God. It proclaims Christ as Lord and strips man of all self-reliance and self-righteousness. It shows people that they are guilty and condemned before a holy and righteous God. It reveals everything Christ had to do to save sinners from the power, punishment and presence of sin. Righteousness had to be perfected, divine justice had to be satisfied, blood had to be shed, redemption had to be paid, sin had to be forgiven, reconciliation had to be achieved, death had to be conquered and salvation had to be secured. All this was accomplished to bring glory, honor and praise to our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is God’s perfect man and man’s perfect God!