Thursday, June 18, 2015
“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge” (Job 38:2 KJV).
Today’s Scripture could easily be God’s response to the average “Gospel tract” or “Gospel invitation!”
If there is one thing Fundamental and Evangelical Christians have utterly destroyed, it would be a clear Gospel message. The following poster demonstrates: “ABCs of Becoming a Christian: Admit to God that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23). Repent, turning away from your sin (Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9). Believe that Jesus is God’s Son, and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin (John 3:16; John 14:6; Romans 5:8; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9). Confess your faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9-10,13).”
While catchy, it is theologically deficient. To tell lost people to turn from their sin in order to be saved is to tell them, “You cannot be saved and you will never be saved!” No lost person has God’s power to quit sin. A Christian can resist sin, but not a lost person! How is it that lost people must quit sinning to be saved, but then Christians are urged to confess their daily sins?! (Religion is absurd!)
The above poster, save the Bible verse of Romans 5:8, makes no direct reference to Calvary’s crosswork. Is there salvation apart from Christ’s cross? Then why is it missing from the poster? How is that forgiveness from God possible? Where is 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, the clearest presentation of the Gospel of the Grace of God?
To tell someone they have to “confess” their faith to be a Christian is to make them work, and as Ephesians 2:8-9 says (the poster quoted), we are not saved by works! To grab verses from Romans chapter 10 and make them a Gentile salvation message is to ignore verse 1—it is the nation Israel’s salvation!
Beloved, from “Make Jesus the Lord of your life” to “Ask Jesus into your heart,” or “Say the sinner’s prayer” to “Confess your sins,” these are not clear Gospel presentations. They confuse. First Corinthians 15:3-4 and Romans chapters 3 through 5 are some of the best passages to use to make the Gospel as simple as possible. Lost people do not need to be further confused!