Posted by: sdunnpastor | October 17, 2011


Just Preach the Simple Gospel?

by Jonathan Morrow








Is apologetics, philosophy, and worldview training really necessary? After all, shouldn’t we just preach the simple gospel and leave all that “intellectual stuff” to the academics? Nancy Pearcey offers good insight here that I agree with:

“The ultimate goal is to preach the gospel. But the gospel is not simple to those whose background prevents them from understanding it. Today’s global secular culture has erected a maze of mental barriers against even considering the biblical message”.

Recently I spoke at our church on Is Jesus the Only Way to God?  There are few statements that are more politically incorrect than that one. But Jesus did not shy away from making culturally unpopular statements, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Among other things, Christianity teaches the exclusivity and uniqueness of Jesus (cf. Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5).

But according to a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life study (2009) based on interviews with 35,000 adults and out of a sample size of 9472 Evangelicals, a startling 57% of Evangelical adults agreed with the statement “many religions can lead to eternal life.” That is not good soil for the Gospel to take root in!

There are many observations to make here, but I want to highlight just one.

When Christians say that Jesus is the only way to God, what our culture hears is “We think Butterfinger is the best candy bar and consumers of all other candy bars are going to hell.” And that would be a ridiculous claim…


Just Preach the Simple Gospel?


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