In Christianity you often hear about people speaking the gospel truth. Some will tell you that the gospel is the good news, but good news about what. Some say the gospel is that Christ died on the cross for your sins. The Bible tells us that Jesus preached the gospel and he hadn't died yet. If Jesus Christ is your Savior what is he saving you from?
There are more than 800 Christian churches or denominations in the US alone. Each of them claim to be preaching the gospel. Many suggest that if you did not believe as they do that you will be lost. I believe that the secular world today through the doctrine of evolution has led many to misunderstand the gospel. An aspect of evolution that we seldom talk about is that it does away with the origin of sin. If Jesus died to save you from your sins, what then is sin? I believe the sin is anything that separates us from Jesus Christ. It has been Christ stated objective from when sin entered the world to restore us to Himself.
There are very real forces for evil and they are doing all that they can to separate us from Jesus Christ. They misrepresent Christ and accuse him of limiting your freedom. The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. This freedom from sin or a union with Christ is an important component of the gospel. The Bible says that we have all sinned (are separated from Jesus Christ) and come short of the glory of God. It is somewhat like driving a car off the road in a heavy rainstorm and getting hopelessly stuck in the mud. It is not possible to get yourself out or unstuck by your own power. The same is true when we are separated from Christ, we are not capable of reuniting ourselves with Him. When Christ reaches out and draws us to Him, we call this grace or unmerited favor. Grace then is also a component of the gospel.
The secular world tries to discredit the Bible as the authoritative word of God. When the biblical account of history does not agree with secular science it is mocked and discredited. The Bible tells us that it is the word of God. Secular science would have you believe that there is no such thing as absolute truth. The rejection of the absolute truth that God is love is responsible for much of the misunderstanding or misrepresentation of God today. Sickness, death, and misery are the consequences of being separated from God. They are the result of sin. Unfortunately, the forces of evil blame God for the very things that they are responsible for.
Another subtle aspect of the doctrine of evolution is the issue of appetite. It is been said that forbidden fruit is responsible for a lot of bad jams. The forces of evil would like you to believe that spirituality has nothing to do with appetite. Nothing could be further from the truth. Eating, drinking, and sex were all created by God. The forces of evil have perverted each of these and made them powerful addictive forces. Another component of the gospel is Christ desire to set you free from these addictions. As He restores us to Himself, He transforms our appetites and removes our addictions. He will only do this if we allow Him to. Freedom is an important component of the gospel. Jesus Christ will always honor your free choice and does not use force. The forces of evil have used many who profess to be Christians to misrepresent Christ by the use of force. There have been literally millions of people who have been put to death by religious persecution in a grossly misrepresented name of Christ.
My heart is saddened as I see many people who allow secular misunderstandings of Christ to come between them and Christ. One of the forces of evil's most effective tools is a religious hypocrite. The gospel commission in the end of Matthew is to seek and save those who are lost. There are literally millions of people today who could be enjoying a much better quality of life with just a few simple lifestyle changes. To me one of the most incredible aspects of the gospel is Christ willingness to empower you to make those changes. Christ promised us in his word that if we would obey his health guidelines that we would be spared many of the world's diseases. The forces of evil very often use denominationalism to separate Christ's people. I do not care what your community of faith is. It is my desire to help people move toward Christ ideal for their lives physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually. We are all God's children and it is his desire to bring us all home.
The secular world desires to treat your problems, by contrast Christ would like to prevent them. Prevention is not early detection it is preventing the problem before it ever begins. Secular world operates on greed, blame, and selfishness, but Christ operates on love, compassion, acceptance, and unselfishness.
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