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Seems to me that when you make the current cause de jour a "gospel" (little g intended) issue then you've created a works based gospel which actually cheapens the real capital G Gospel. The Gospel is completely about what Christ has accomplished at the cross not about our works. The Gospel is simply and only the Good News that Christ lived, died, and rose again to save sinners.


Yes, too much hype these days about gospel-centered this and that. I even heard one young pastor at an SBC church plant declare "We are the gospel!"

The 21st century church needs a refresher course on what the gospel is not. The gospel is not a theological system or an institutional structure. It’s not a platform from which to launch good works or a formula for righteous living. It’s not a creed, confession, teaching or tradition of man. It’s not even the Baptist Faith & Message!

The gospel is a living reality. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The way is Jesus. The truth is Jesus. The life is Jesus. Jesus lived a sinless life, died on a cross, and rose from the dead for forgiveness of sin and salvation of souls. “The Gospel of Christ is the power of God which brings salvation to everyone who believes it” (Rom 1:16). Whosoever will may come ... that is great news!

(Glad to see you back in cyberspace, Peter. Happy Easter!)


Very thought provoking. My favorite passage for "wrapping" the Gospel is Paul's words to the Corinthians. In I Corinthians 15:1-5(specifically 3-5), Paul declares what he sees is "The Gospel". I think the words of Newsom fit nicely with Paul's understanding.

Good to see you posting again.


Scott Shaver

"Gospel Issue" is the new code word for Baptist social engineering.

Don't let anybody tell you different. Claims the mantle of scriptural authority while chasing every cultural trolley car that rolls down the tracks.

Archie Walker

the gospel Paul said he preached to both Jew & Gentile (i.e. everyone). . . "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" [Acts 20:21]

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