Gospel Reductionism

The two videos below are staightforward and timely. The Gospel has been reduced by a large segment of our evangelical leaders to a few religious hoops to quickly jump through, then when we can convince a person to give the correct answers to a set of leading questions , ( i.e. ” Do you admit you are a sinner ? ” or ” Do you want to go to heaven ? ” ) we then pronounce that person saved , give them full assurance of eternal life , ( a practice nowhere found in Scripture ) and send them on their way. Romans 5:5 tells us that assurance is given by the Holy Spirit .

The superficial man-centered message that so many hear today bears little resemblance to the Biblical Gospel that Jesus , the Apostles , and the early church preached. Theirs was a message of Faith , Trust , Repentance, and a changed life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

How does a person know that they are saved ? Is it because they walked down an aisle , prayed a prayer , raised their hand , or perhaps signed something ? Can we relate back to an experience or a certain feeling that we had ? No. These things , in themselves do not provide evidence of regeneration.  Scripture gives us many elements that will mark the changed life of a true Christian.

 1) Love for God                        Luke 10:27, Romans 8:7

2) Repentance                           2 Cor. 7:10, 1John 1:8-10

3) Devotion to God                   Psalm 105:3 , 1 Cor. 10:31

4) Regular Prayer                      Luke 18:1, Phill. 4:6

5) Measureable Growth             John 15:1-6 , Eph. 12:4-16

6) Hunger for the Word            ! Peter 2: 1-3

Although we stumble and fall and we sometimes go through times of neglect , these will be the rule rather than the exception for those who have been Born Again. Their conspicuous abscence over an extended period of time should cause one to re-evaluate his spiritual condition, and “examine himself ” 1Cor 11:28 


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