Daniel from Better Than Sacrifice brings us the follow up to his post, ‘The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Gospel’, in which he issues the clarion call to declare Christ crucified. In this time when many church systems, “Christian organizations” and parachurch ministries have as their decided rule and practice to NOT proclaim the actual gospel, this article serves up witnessing encouragement.
Here is a snip:
There’s nothing wrong with Christians showing love in such practical ways, of course. In fact, this is a good thing! But this is not the means that God uses to save people.
No, Paul tells us plainly: ‘it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe’.
And which message is it that saves? Which message is it that is a stumbling block and foolishness? Which message is it that is ‘Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God’ to those who are being called?
It is the message of ‘Christ crucified’.
‘Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God’ comes through the preaching of this message.
If you would love your neighbour, bring him ‘Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God’. Tell him of how, without Christ, he is under God’s wrath and will receive the eternal punishment that he has earned by his rebellion and sin. Tell him of the Christ crucified for sinners such as he. Tell him of the Christ who was buried, and who rose again on the third day. Call him to repentance. And give him the offer of forgiveness of sins in Christ to all those who put their trust in Him.
This is what it means to love your neighbour as yourself. This is what it means to proclaim repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Christ.