The Gospel is Offending, But is Not the Offense

I have a saying that goes like this:

“The Gospel, by it’s nature, to our nature, is offensive and if we are not being offended every day, we had best check to see if we are in ‘the Way.'”

Now, the Gospel is not offensive in and of itself.  Matter of fact, it is the good news, the best news that mankind can ever hear.  But, because of sin, our hearts, our minds, our entire being is offended by the Gospel. So, while the Gospel is not Offensive, our nature is offended by it.

This goes along with a blog post I read earlier today which can be found here.

The Gospel and Moral Laxity

The original article can be found here.

The Gospel & Moral Laxity

1 Corinthians 6:9-20

by Fred G. Zaspel

One of the great lessons we learn from the example of Apostle Paul is the Christocentric or gospel-centered nature of every problem we face. He said as much to the Corinthians: “I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2) This was true not just in terms of evangelism, but in terms of his ministry as a whole. He had nothing to say but that which related to Christ crucified; everything worked its way out from there.

This was true in the way he dealt with the problem of divisions, factions in the church. “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you?” (1:13). In chapter 3 he emphasized that any ministry which does not build on Christ was worthless. And in chapter 5, when he dealt with the problem of the immoral person in the church, his counsel was to put the man out of the church’s sphere of fellowship. Why? “Because Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (5:7). This demands purity.

Here in chapter 6, Paul continues to deal with the problem of immorality in the church, and his counsel is in the same vein. “No immoral person shall inherit the kingdom of God” (6:9-10). That is to say, there is no room in God’s kingdom for immoral people — only formerly immoral people. “Such were some of you, but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified” (v.11). And from the start Paul deals with the problem from the standpoint of the great cleansing virtues of the gospel. “Such were some of you!”

At once here is both the wonderful, free offer of the gospel and a statement of its effects. Yes, the gospel is good news to fornicators, adulterers, and every kind of sinner. It promises to all who believe, full salvation in Christ. But when God saves a man, He does not leave him in his sin. The Christ who justifies, declares righteous, also cleanses and sanctifies. It is not one or the other. It is both. Put negatively, no man whose life characterized by immorality has a right to claim that he is in Christ. In Christ a man is really saved. The salvation Christ gives is a thorough-going, life transforming work. It is a work that not only changes a man’s destiny — it changes the man!

Now evidently in Corinth some had confused all this. The society around them had so affected them that its vices began to creep into the church.

The Greek philosophies of the age often taught a form of dualism, one emphasis of which was Continue reading