Today is Christmas Day. During the month of December, I have eaten too many cookies and candies given to me by Christians. I have seen too many guilt bearing commercials making me feel like I have to buy a ton of merchandise to fulfill my duties of being an American citizen. I live in the heart of America. Our town, Hermann, is Christian to the core, our halls decked, our streets covered with red and green. Shops are loaded with Christmas decorations to sell. But during the whole month of December, not a single Christian told me about the purpose of all the activity. Not a single Christian during this season presented me with the Gospel, the Good News.
Why is that? Well, honestly, I believe it is because their “gospel” is such bad news that they are ashamed of it. Cookies and spiked eggnog is better than their gospel. Those in town who know I believe Jesus is the savior of the whole world, not just part of it, are surprised I do so much evangelizing. Why preach Christ crucified if everyone is going to be saved anyway, they ask. Well, here are a few reasons why I preach the Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, whenever I can. My hope is that it will in some way nullify the damage the traditional gospel is bringing to this world. Charlie Slagle said it best in His book (available on this site) “Absolute Assurance in Jesus Christ.” In His book, revealing the four primary views of salvation found in the Christ, writes:
What, then, is the point of sharing this radically Good News about God? The point is, until we have a heart and mind understanding of God’s true character and agenda: Read the rest of this entry »