Is our gospel message clear?
It would seem that the message of the Cross, the message of salvation, should be the most agreed upon statement in the Evangelical Christian Church. It is the fundamental message of believers, the message of truth which all must hear and to which all must respond to in order to be saved. It should be the most universally consistent theological statements within the church. Yet amazingly it is not always so.
There have always been those that would teach that salvation is somehow apart from Christ and/or the cross. Others would make salvation to be the result of some sort of human achievement. In most cases in these obviously unbiblical and incorrect teachings have been confined to the cults and false religious systems. However, there seems to be some confusion over the Gospel message even among some evangelical churches. I believe that that in some cases the gospel message has become muddled to the degree that resultant “converts” reflect, at best, shallow shadows of true Christians. At worst, they might not even be saved.
In light of the stern warning of Galatians 1:6-9 it would behoove all of us to check out the gospel we preach and teach.
” I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel- not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” (ESV)
We should carefully evaluate our presentations of the Gospel in light of Scripture, and seek to make extremely clear the very words of God and take care to avoid those things that might cause us to compromise the message.