Obscuring the Gospel

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

— John 3:17

Unfortunately, throughout the ages, the devil has distorted Christianity so much that the Gospel has often been obscured. Sometimes even churchgoers don’t have a clue what real Christianity is all about.

Sometimes, the “Christianity” being attacked by our culture today is such a false, twisted caricature that it bears little resemblance to the true faith. Indeed it ought to be attacked.

Recently, a lesbian who claimed to be a Christian came “out of the closet,” declaring war on historic Christianity—the religion of the cross. It turns out that as a child she had been placed naked on a cross by an adult for some twisted, religious reason. Today she resents and rejects the cross of Christ as the means of salvation.

Woe to the person who did this terrible misdeed for it has caused her to reject a “straw man” of Christianity, not the real thing. But God’s timeless truths about the salvation He offers us in Christ are not made null by the sins of professing Christians. Even if the entire official Church were to become apostate, that would not nullify the Gospel.

The true Gospel is a beautiful message. It is good news. But to understand the good news, we must come to grips with the bad news. We are all sinners before a holy God, who will not accept us as we are “…‘til on that cross, as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied,” as the hymn “In Christ Alone” notes. That is good news.

Lord, give me strength for today to proclaim Your pure and simple Gospel. Thank You for preserving the true faith through centuries of wrong. Thank You for keeping and preserving me…