More on a Muddled Message

I’ve been thinking a bit more on the reasons that many Christians seem to confuse the the message of the gospel. I have a few questions that we might ask ourselves as we seek to bring clarity to our presentation of the message.

Have we made it clear how lost man is? Do we make clear how much God hates sin? I think that many times those not yet saved don’t understand how serious their condition truly is. We don’t always make clear that man is indeed sinful, totally depraved, completely separated from God. Every man is in such a state that he is dead in his sins and he cannot do anything about it (Ephesians 2:1-2). The problem is three-fold. First, our sin offends the holy character of God and he must respond in wrath (Is. 64:6; Ro. 3:23). Second, our debt to sin is enormous and must be paid (Col. 2:13, 14; Rom 5:12). Third, sinners are deeply enslaved to the God of this world (Col. 1:13; 2 Cor. 4:4) and blind to truth. And sin to a sinner makes sense … he won’t want to let it go.

Why is this important? Because the Good News of salvation is that it is salvation from sin. Salvation is not just a means to a better life, without salvation we will have no life. And coming to faith means we must admit our sin, we must deal with it, we must repent. If people come to Christ merely for a “better life” they will prove to be like the seed sown on the rocky or thorny ground in the parable of the soils. They seem to respond but prove to have no depth of root and bear no fruit when life becomes difficult.

 

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One response to “More on a Muddled Message

  • Tim Brown

    Hello, Tim!

    A few observations.

    1. When is the last time any of us was approached by anyone about Christ, period? My conversion was ten years ago and I can tell you that it’s not happened to me ONCE.

    2. No, we don’t stress the right issues. For years I was a false convert because I was given a) a gospel that lacks repentance (I asked someone about it once and was actually told it was an “old testament” concept) and b) of course I was saved because I prayed a prayer. Very damning.

    3. Over the past ten years, I’ve struggled with doubts (once you deceive yourself, you wonder if you haven’t done it again). I’ve had to stand all alone in my doubts at times, regardless of hearing the same old arguments from those who would still argue “Of course you’re saved, you prayed the prayer, quit insulting God!”.

    4. But God has helped me stand. And it has basically been God alone. It was in 2004 or so that the Biblical Gospel became clear to me. Partially through the Lord putting pieces together in my mind and through watching “Way of the Master”. That period was a watershed for me.

    I’ve also found evangelism to be easier — because now I understand it isn’t about trying to “sell something that is better than what the world offers”. The world has no solution for sin.

    THanks for letting me ramble.

    Tim

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