Don’t Assume the Gospel


“Assuming the gospel is deadly. I’m saying that as clearly and bluntly as I know how. When the gospel is assumed, we begin to think that everyone who shows up at church is a Christian. However unlikely that may be, many people in churches behave as if that’s true.

That bad assumption leads to the next: there is no need to share, teach, or preach the gospel. Over time, confusion about the gospel grows: external actions are confused with genuine Christian faith. Morality becomes an expectation and not a response of love. The cross is treated merely as an example, not the place where God’s wrath and love uniquely meet. Eventually, the gospel is lost altogether.

This is a travesty in the Christian community. It is why Paul instructed Timothy to guard the gospel, you need to take a deep look at the sin of your heart. More seriously, if the gospel does not resonate in your heart, check and see that you are truly converted.”

–Mack Styles in Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus (pages 90-91)

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Author: Kevin Halloran


Kevin Halloran

Servant of the Word. Husband. Blogs weekly at Anchored in Christ. Content Strategist/Trainer in Latin America with Leadership Resources International.