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We must Not be Ashamed of the Gospel

Our time is short and the lost need to hear the truth from His ambassadors.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)

Our culture desperately needs the gospel. Transgenderism, homosexuality, adultery, and divorce are rampant (even in the church!), but who is to blame? Sure, we can argue that this is just the depravity of the human heart on display; however, this is not the whole story. We are supposed to be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13–16) and preserve the world from moral decay, yet now it seems that most of us are far too easily toppled over and disregarded without even putting up a fight! 

I think of great men of faith like Polycarp who had unwavering conviction in the face of death (he was lit in fire but eventually stabbed when the flames wouldn’t consume him) and realize how much I fall short in spreading the gospel. I am afraid of being called a name or feeling rejected, and yet the early church suffered all sorts of cruelty for their faith in the Lord Jesus. Today it’s not always easy to tell the difference between a follower of Christ and the world! 

We watch the same movies, we dress in the same clothes, go to parties and we listen to the same music. We have noticeable power in our lives that would make anyone question their worldview or desire what we have in Christ. Why? 

I think it’s because we are trying to have Christianity without Christ. 

We want to do the impossible and serve two masters (Matthew 6:24), but our compromise ends up making us prefer anything but Christ. 

Brothers and sisters, it is time for us to repent, fully put on Christ (Romans 13:14), and be unwavering in our convictions. We need to speak out against evil and call all people to repentance. We need to stop scrolling endlessly on social media and debating minor theological differences online. It’s time for the Wesylian Arminian and the Lutheran to lock arms with the Baptist and the Episcopalian. We need to open our Bibles and draw near to God, so He will draw near to us. As the apostle James says, 

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. (James 4:4)

We must all repent daily of our laxity and ask the Lord Jesus to strengthen us to do His will. Remember, faith without works is dead (James 2:14–26) and so we all must reconnect to the Root of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:1–8). This culture is dying, as is the rest of the world, and we are called by Christ to be the light He uses to bring others to salvation in Him. 

I’m not ashamed of the gospel because it is the only solution to save a dying world. 

Are you ashamed of the gospel? If you had a life preserver, would you not throw it out to save a drowning person? 

If you aren’t dying to yourself daily and trying to bring others to Christ, don’t be angry at me if I don’t believe you when you tell me you are unashamed! 

Salvation – Eternal Life in Less Than 150 Words

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AuthorTimothy Liebbe | BCWorldview.org 


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