Friday, March 5, 2010
It was said with distain, Oh, they teach a social gospel. Confused on what he meant, I prodded for more information.
I could see his concern, but instead of rectifying the situation with peers or correcting certain definitions, he choose the let the chasm between the Church* grow. We verbally wrestled through this conversation and I walked away asking if we stop could splintering the church, bifurcating demoninations, and start operating as a cohesive unit.
Yes, there will be theological bents, liturgical preferences, and message methods, but can we at least agree on one thing: The Gospel.
The good news of the gospel is that we have salvation, redemption, and justification for our sins through a man named Jesus. Not through feeding the homeless, not through visiting orphans, not through partering with the city to make our community a better place. If you've followed the blog or know me personally, my heart bleeds for the poor, needy, hurting, and destitude... but in no way will that take place of the gospel.
We need to know the gospel in order to live out the gospel.
So what are your thoughts? What kind of church to you go to? Are you physically living out the gospel or are you going on Sunday and living your own agenda the rest of the week?
*Church is capitalized here because I'm referencing the entire body of Christ, not one specific church.