Why do we Christians like to over complicate the Gospel!? Charts, graphs, diagrams, etc etc etc… Then we wonder why so many think they are “too messed up” or “too broken” or “too bad” to come to the saving Grace of Christ. We make it seem impossible. The Gospel is simple:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Repent. Believe. Be Baptized. (Acts 2:38)
Walking around with our little sticks taking jabs at people doing this wrong, or that wrong, or what not, is not bringing glory to Christ, and it sure isn’t advancing the Gospel. It is doing the complete opposite. We are all broken. We have all done wrong. We are all unworthy of Christ’s amazing and glorious sacrifice. Yet, Christ says COME AS YOU ARE. When we do, HE will then work to change us from the inside out. We don’t have to do everything and change everything FIRST.
In fact, that IS impossible. Here on this Earth, we will always struggle against sin, against the enemy, against flesh and blood, and everything else. We will ALWAYS screw up. Daily. The sins I have repented of? It doesn’t mean I won’t ever struggle with them anymore, or still do them, or mess up, just because I have chosen to put my faith in Christ. It just means that I have a desire to cast off that sin and that struggle and become more like Christ.
One must simply take that first step of Faith. Admit we HAVE messed up and that Christ died for those mess ups. Have a desire to be changed. God will take care of the rest, and we, as Christ followers should be the hands and feet to help, and above all else. LOVE.
Part of the beauty of the Gospel is we don’t have to EARN it. We don’t DESERVE it. We don’t have to get our ducks in a row BEFORE Christ would cover us in His glorious grace. Christ, in His love, gave it freely, so that ALL who believe (did you hear that ALL, we don’t have the right to pick and choose who we think are worthy of Christ’s gift) will be saved.
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”Romans 10:13
STOP making it so complicated.