Many have heard the word “Gospel” but how many really understand what it means? Many associate it with every religious message, however, the gospel is not everything that seems religious. I would like us to look at what the gospel is. Before we do that, let’s look at what the gospel is not.
WHAT THE GOSPEL IS NOT
- The gospel is not about telling people to stop sinning.
Before Jesus came, the Israelite had the law that told them the good to do and the bad to avoid. Now, many people think that doing good and avoiding bad would lead to salvation. However, the bible shows us otherwise.
Romans 3:19-20 (NLT) says:
Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
No one can be made right with God by doing what the law says. In the same manner, no man can be saved by doing what the law says. The purpose of the law is to show us how sinful we are. If the law(ten commandments and other commandment given to the Israelite through Moses) could save a person, then Jesus didn’t have to come.
If he came, then it means the law which spells good and bad could not save anyone. So it is wrong to preach to people to stop sinning and to do good as the gospel of Christ. The gospel is more than that.
Many people who claim to preach the gospel only condemn sinners. They mention the sins people engage in and tell them how bad it is. Then they ask them to change.
Don’t get me wrong. Sin is always bad. Sin always has awful consequences. I am, therefore, against sin as God is against sin because sin destroys humanity. However, to point out people’s sins and call it the gospel is wrong. You see, many people know it when they do wrong. They don’t necessarily need a preacher to tell them that. So if God sent out people to preach the gospel, then he sent them to preach something that is not known, the gospel of our Lord Jesus…
To be continued…
BY: SANDY AMPONSAH