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Why A Biblically Robust Gospel is Essential To The People of God

What is the Gospel? How we answer that question says a lot.

For many people the Gospel is that Jesus came to die for my sins so that when I die I can go to be with God in heaven forever.

There is a lot of truth in that summation but we have to examine things a bit further.

What is your view of sin, for instance. Is sin a big deal to you? Is sin only important because it keeps us from heaven (later on) or is sin important now? If you have a low view of sin, it seems to me, you would also have a low view of salvation. If sin isn’t much of a big deal then salvation doesn’t seem to be much of a big deal.

Jesus thought sin was a big deal. The first words out of his mouth in Mark tells us to repent (of our sins) because the kingdom of God is near. Mark says this was Jesus’ “good news” (Gospel) message.

The Gospel has something to do with forgiveness of sins. That means sin has to be a big deal to God and then to us.

Next is dying and going to heaven. What is your view on heaven and hell? Just as many Christians are seeing sin as less and less a big deal, many Christians are also believing less and less in the reality of hell. Our view of the judgment of God and of the reality of hell affects our gospel.

What is our view of heaven? Is heaven a disembodied existence in the clouds or is it something more? How we view heaven affects our gospel. If you think your whole life is about being somewhere else doing something else then it isn’t easy to see how the gospel affects our lives now (and it does).

All of this affects our view of making disciples and evangelism. Even deeper than that, these things can also reflect how we see the Scriptures. Are they just good advice to be consulted on an as needed basis or are they something more? Do the scriptures have authority in any way, shape or form or they just another book among many to be read and applied in a convenient manner?

These are important questions and they are all interrelated. How we view God, the Bible, and how we define the Gospel all have an impact on how we live and whether or not we reach the lost. If we compromise our view of scripture we compromise the gospel. If we compromise the gospel we compromise our mission

More and more we need good biblical teaching in our churches. We need sound foundations put in place based on a high regard for the Word of God and a reliance on the work of the Spirit.

Review of Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell (Part 6)

Chapter 4: What Jesus’ Followers Said About Hell In “Love Wins” Rob Bell appeared pretty thorough when he said he was going to tackle every occurrence of the word “Hell” in the New Testament. The problem was concepts are more important than individual words. It is entirely possible for to talk about hell without usingContinue Reading

Interview With Edward Fudge

With all the discussion of hell on this blog over the last few months I thought I would bounce a few questions off someone who has been studying the subject a lot longer than myself. So I asked Edward Fudge if he would field some questions. He is best known for his book “The FireContinue Reading

Review of Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell (Part 5)

Chapter 3: What Jesus actually said about hell? I hope in these posts I don’t sound nit picky or petty. I am just trying to point out both the strengths and weaknesses of what I have found in C&S’s book. There is little doubt left as you read this book that they are writing thisContinue Reading

Review of Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell (Part 4)

Chapter 2: Has Hell Changed or Have We? Chan starts chapter two with various views people have come up with of hell over the centuries. He mentions everything from Origen to AC/DC. His points is, “But if the truth is what we are after, we need to stick with what Jesus actually said. We alsoContinue Reading

Ten Questions I Have for Christian Universalists

I have been studying hell for the past several months and wanted to share a few questions I have for those who say either there is no such thing as hell or that hell is a temporary place designed to bring us to God. I hope none of this comes across as uncaring. It isContinue Reading

Universalism Makes Hell the Greatest Evangelist of All Time

Here is one of Rob Bell’s explanations of one of the Universalists’ arguments against hell as an eternal place of torment, “And so they expand the possibilities, trusting that there will be endless opportunities in an endless amount of time for people to say yes to God. As long as it takes…At the heart ofContinue Reading

Review of Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell (Part 3)

Chapter 1: Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (continued) One thing Chan and Sprinkle (from here on referred to as C&S) get right that Bell missed was that we are dealing with concepts and not just specific words. In chapter three of love wins Bell writes, “I want to show you every single verse in theContinue Reading

Review of Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell (Part 2)

Chapter 1: Does Everyone Go To Heaven? Chan starts this chapter with this question, “Do you want to believe in a God who shows His power by punishing non-Christians and who magnifies His mercy by blessing Christians forever?” (p.21) He concludes that we may not want to believe this but can we believe this. ChanContinue Reading

Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell – Introduction

Francis Chan starts Erasing Hell with an introduction that could have been an appropriate introduction for any of a number of books on difficult and controversial topics. First, he addresses the fact that this is not a pleasant issue. It is a difficult issue that has ramifications that are far reaching and highly significant. Next,Continue Reading

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