Does The Gospel Offend You?

Based on some of the emails and comments I get, I would dare say that some of you are offended by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why else would you defend the various heretics, apostates, false teachers, and other wolves and vipers that this blog exposes?

I found an excellent article from Mike Ratliff over at his blog today (hat tip to Job at Jesus Christology):

“The Offense of the Cross” 

In Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians he delivers a scathing indictment against all  who teach works salvation or any version of the Gospel that has been edited from the original. If these false gospels be true then, as Paul says, the offense of the cross has been removed. However, the Apostle, in fact, is declaring that the offense of the cross never has cease, and never can cease. Any attempt to soften the offense is folly. While genuine Christianity is peaceful, mild, and benevolent, history shows us that it has been attacked with the bitterest hate from the beginning. Why? It is clearly offensive to the unregenerate mind.

In an age where folks would rather defend the false teacher instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they claim to preach, we need to be reminded that the Gospel message is supposed to ruffle feathers – particularly because it helps us identify the sheep from the goats.

The unregenerate (and even some who claim the Name of the Lord) would rather gather around the camp fire holding hands and singing “Kumbya” than to dare allow the sensitive ears of those who ignore the Word and will of God to be offended by allowing His truth to be revealed through His Word.

The Apostle Paul said it best in Galatians 5:11-12 NASB (my emphasis in bold):

11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.

12 I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.

Careful there, Paul – you wouldn’t want anyone to accuse you of not speaking the truth “in love”…

 

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4 Responses to “Does The Gospel Offend You?”


  1. 1 Anon July 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I have been witnessing to a relative that has a strong politically correct mindset. I have been met with hostility and accused of not loving. She is offended that I even prayed with her as though I assaulted her. She claims to be a Christian but I think she is lying. She denegrates churches regularly and is deeply involved in video fantasy games. She thought she had me convinced but I’ve always known better. When I made my move to share the gospel with her she became extremely hostile. Her family is involved in native American spiritualism. They also have a socialist mindset believing the government should meet all their needs. If you can help me with ideas on how to pray for her and witness to her, it would be a great help.The gospel is an offence to those who don’t believe. Now I know what I’m really dealing with as the lies have been exposed.

    I am remaining anonymous so as not to reveal her identity as this is a personal matter but feel free to email me. (the web is too open to share this sensitive info with the world, for her sake)

  2. 2 speaking truth July 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Anon,

    I am praying to God for guidance to share with you. Check your email within the next day. Until then, simply back away and seek the Lord in prayer for your cousin – saying nothing else to her at this time as it relates to the Gospel.

    Remain in prayer for guidance and I’ll be in contact soon.

  3. 3 Steve J August 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    It seems to me that the offended ones that Paul would be talking about in Gal. 5:11-12 are not the unregenerate, but the Judaizers, the “religious folks” who want to place the Law before the Gospel. In other words, the offended folks are those that think that one must have certain marks of belief before one could be considered a believer.

    That seems opposite of your statement here. Can you help me to understand?

  4. 4 speaking truth August 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for your comment Steve J – and I’ll certainly clarify my original point.

    When I said that those who defend the pimps are offended by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I misspoke. I should’ve said that the defenders are offended whenever their leaders are called on their false teaching. You’re right – Paul was talking with the “religious folks” who clung to the Law – thus his assertion that the the Gospel message was a “stumbling stone” or offense, specifically because he rejected the salvation via works theory (thus, offending the Judaizers).

    The unregenerate (and even some who claim the Name of the Lord) would rather gather around the camp fire holding hands and singing “Kumbya” than to dare allow the sensitive ears of those who ignore the Word and will of God to be offended by allowing His truth to be revealed through His Word.

    This statement was written to convey that many would rather bow in favor of “ecuminicalism” rather than the revelation of the TRUE Word of God, thus (in my opinion), removing the stumbling stone aspect (or offense) of the Gospel message that Paul refers to in Galatians 5.

    All in all you are correct – Paul was specifically speaking to religious people who pursued the Law more than He Who fulfilled the Law. I’ll be more clear in the future.

    Thanks again for your comment.


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