Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Offense of the Gospel

"There is no offense whatsoever in going to India, into the heart of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam and declaring that we are there to talk about social justice and public policy and the concerns of poverty. There is no shame in that.

All of the shame lies in going there to declare that Jesus is Sovereign Lord, He is the Savior, and He is the only way. And it is that message which is foolishness in India and foolish in America which is the message that we have been called to proclaim and to live, and the implications of which put the foot down in the realm of justice and in the concerns of poverty and so on.

But I have a sneaking suspicion and an increasingly deep-seated concern that there is here in North America a growing loss of confidence in the Bible itself as the unerring word of God and an increasing willingness to play fast and loose with the uniqueness of the claims of Jesus of Nazareth, and to the extent that that is true, the cutting edge of world evangelization is radically affected."
-Alistair Begg
11/23/08 morning message

2 comments:

David said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been increasingly bothered by the way the church is 'doing missions' and then hiding under the umbrella that showing love will bring someone to the gospel. I can't say I disagree but if we do not tell truth that saves a soul from hell, how much do we really love them.

God loved the world so much that He reconciled the world back to himself through his death, but he was not afraid to call sin sin. "The fear of the Lord is the hatred of evil"

EternityWithJesus said...

"All of the shame lies in going there to declare that Jesus is Sovereign Lord, He is the Savior, and He is the only way. And it is that message which is foolishness in India and foolish in America which is the message that we have been called to proclaim and to live, and the implications of which put the foot down in the realm of justice and in the concerns of poverty and so on."

WHAT IS THE GREAT COMMISSION THAT JESUS GAVE US? As Christians, I think we forget that. I certainly do not want 1 soul to go to hell because I was afraid to share with someone the good news of Jesus' and His saving grace - GRACE. Yes, we are to go out into the world and preach the gospel, but we must also feed those we preach to, for if they are hungry, will they not listen?
Mr. Beggs errs on this one and is being apologetic. Stand face to face with Jesus and ask HIM what we should be doing? For one, life is but a vapor and the soul lives for eternity SOMEWHERE - where are YOU WILLING TO SEND A SOUL?