The question has been asked what are the irreducible elements of the biblical? What a great question! How absolutely essential is that, because if you don’t have the true gospel you don’t have the saving message. You can’t have a false gospel and expect people to be converted by it because that’s not going to happen. If the church has to get anything right they have to get the gospel right.
So what are the essentials?
By Hal Lindsey
People love to add their own thoughts to the end of viral emails. Those thoughts can undermine the message of the original writer. One such email started going around several years ago — at least as far back as 2007. In addition to its life as an email, it has been featured in several devotional books and websites.
Somewhere along the way, someone tacked on the phrase, “That’s the whole Gospel message, simply stated.” One book, written by a Baptist minister, concluded with a slight variation — “That is the whole Gospel Message, simply told.”
It’s the story of an old man whose good attitude causes a young thug to change his ways. It’s inspirational. But many of the people putting it on their websites, in their books, and in their emails, include the line saying it is the “whole Gospel message, simply stated.”
That’s quite an astounding claim for a story that never mentions Jesus, never speaks of God, and doesn’t mention the cross. I have no problem with inspirational stories. But when someone calls it “the whole Gospel Message, simply told,” it concerns me deeply….. read more
For nearly three decades, one Christian human rights group has carried out an unusual aerial offensive to encourage North Korea’s secret believers.
Every week, hundreds of bright orange balloons, with all 16 chapters of the book of Mark inscribed on it, float into North Korean airspace.
“One slight change in the wind direction could mess up the mission,” said Peter, the lead organizer of the balloon operation.
Peter started the project with the aim of getting the Word of God into North Korea. He dubbed the mission Operation Dandelion…. read more
Ephesians 6:15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Through faith in Jesus Christ we have received the Gospel of peace. We have been re-created in Christ Jesus and now stand firm on Christ our foundation. The Gospel of peace gives us the right shoes to prepare us to stand against the enemy with stability and readiness. The Gospel of peace is our strength to stand strong because Jesus Christ is the Good News.
So far we are told to stand strong in the Lord, put on the whole armour of God which will enable us to stand strong, put on the belt of truth to stand strong, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. Now we are told to put on the shoes of the gospel of peace. Why? Now that God has peace with us and we have peace with God in Jesus Christ we have entered into war with Satan… read more