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The Gospel Old and New

Have you heard the new gospel? It’s not been codified. It’s not owned by any one person or movement. But it is increasingly common. The new gospel generally has four parts. It usually starts with an apology: “I’m sorry for my fellow Christians. I understand why you hate Christianity. It’s like that thing Gandhi said, ‘Why can’t the Christians be more like their Christ?’ Christians are hypocritical, judgmental, and self-righteous. I know we screwed up with the Crusades, slavery, and the witch trials. All I can say is: I apologize. We’ve not given you a reason to believe.”
Then there is an appeal to God as love: “I know you’ve seen the preachers with the sandwich boards and bullhorns saying ‘Repent or Die.’ But I’m here to tell you God is love. Look at Jesus. He hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors. He loved unconditionally. There is so much brokenness in the world, but the good news of the Bible is that God came to live right in the middle of our brokenness. He’s a messy God and his mission is love. ‘I did not come into the world to condemn the world,’ that’s what Jesus said (John 3:17). He loved everyone, no matter who you were or what you had done. That’s what got him killed.”. . .

Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung, is a theologian and author. He serves as the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC. He is also a member of The Gospel Coalition Council and blogs for the ministry, and is an assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Kevin received his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and completed his PhD at the University of Leicester. He has authored several books including Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will.

 

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