Why the Gospel IS Offensive

The gospel says some things that people do not want to hear and are sometimes offended. This happens as the offended is intended to be absolutely changed by the Word of God that speaks righteousness to the sinful actions. 

The gospel speaks to the sin of every human being that all are sinners and stand in rebellion against Holy God.  By praising people about their goodness they will love you for it.  Give them therapy and encouragement from the pulpit and enormous venues are packed to capacity. Speaking the Truth about how they are sinners separated from God and will not be able to enter His Kingdom? The audience is reduced accordingly.  Pastors and evangelists cannot preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ without confronting the darkest of stains of sin. There is no one righteous, not even one. Paul told the Believers in Romans 10:2 that the Jews had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.  Their religion may have been noble and sincere, but it could not save because only Jesus Christ is able to save.

The Gospel narrative cannot be understood by human thinking because without God they are spiritually ignorant.  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1 and 2 to explain that the truth of the gospel as being “spiritually discerned”.  For this reason many reject the Message of the Cross because God’s reasoning is higher than those who deny Him.  It is only His Spirit revealing His Truth that anyone can understand the purpose of the Cross. Those who know Jesus understand what He meant when He said, “I am the Truth.”

The Gospel is not inclusive, this Message is exclusive of those who deny the Christ  This is what the world system of humanism hates.  If we said that “this is my way” and everyone is allowed their own path absolutely no one would care.  Followers of the Christ offend because we proclaim that Jesus Christ is the only way.  And Paul explained in Galatians 5:12 that by preaching salvation through the law the Message of the Cross would be removed. NOT changed but removed. This troubled the Apostle greatly. 

The Gospel Message is offensive and most people are unable to receive it.  Jesus told the Disciples that His Way would be difficult.  Peter, Stephen and Paul experienced it. What we must understand: to remove the offense of the Cross is to remove the power of the Gospel. For the blood of the Cross is the power that saves and there is NO alternative. The blood of Christ poured out at the Cross is the offense of the Gospel Message.

If anyone preaches the Gospel without offending, the Message is stripped of both purpose and power to save. It is absolutely impossible to proclaim the full counsel of God without being offensive. The Gospel presents sinful people face to face with their sin and failure, and this is offensive.

What we must remember is the statement of Paul in  1 Corinthians 1:23-25: “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” NASB. 

Jesus saves because He is Lord!!

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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