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What's the Good News: Part 2

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 25, 2011 at 10:17 PM

In my last post I discussed the gospel – what it is. I briefly mentioned the confusion many Americans seem to have concerning the gospel. Here are a few verses which bring into sharp contrast the gospel proclaimed by Jesus and his followers and the gospel proclaimed by many modern Christians.

Matt 16: 24-25: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.'

In 2 Cor 12: 7-10 Paul says: “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

In 2 Tim 3:12 Paul states: “. . . everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted . . .”

The gospel as commonly proclaimed today: Follow Jesus and he will fix all your problems and make your life easier. Obey God's commands – especially tithing – and you will be healthy and materially successful; everything will go your way and your kids will be well behaved. Pick out any Old Testament promise, proverb, or commandment you like and fulfill it in a vague manner (no real sacrifices necessary) and God will be forced to bless you.

Categories: The Gospel, Evangelism