Many Christians don’t have a clear idea of what is the gospel which must be preached to an sinner and unbeliever. I am seeing repeatedly the gospel message to unbelievers is being diluted with the message of God’s love and no where God’s wrath and the repentance is preached. Let’s look into what is the true gospel message which Christ commanded in his great commission.
To discern the true gospel, we need to understand what gospel Christ preached.
(Mark 1:14-15) Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.“
(Matt 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.“
So, Christ preached about repentance throughout his ministry.
(Luke 5:32) “I have not come to call [the] righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
(Luke 13:3) “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
God does preach His love, but not to sinners and multitudes, but to His disciples and a closed group who believed in Him.
(Matt 23:27) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead [men’s] bones and all uncleanness.
Even John was preaching about repentance.
(Mark 1:4) John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
What did Christ want us to preach to all nations?
(Luke 24:46-47) Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
“Repent” was the message told to 5 out of 7 churches by Christ Himself!
Ephesus:(Rev 2:5) “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place — unless you repent.
Pergamos(Rev 2:16) ‘Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
Thyatira(Rev 2:22) “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
Sardis(Rev 3:3) “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
Laodiceans(Rev 3:19) “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
God’s long suffering:
(2Pet 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Even God’s long suffering is that all should come to repentance.
Today’s gospel is perverted primarily using God’s love and removing repentance completely. The good news or the gospel message is never about God’s love but always about repentance and remission of sins, so that he can be saved from God’s wrath. Hence, Satan uses a perverted gospel which preaches God’s love instead of repentance because Satan knows, the sinner may be saved if he knows about God’s wrath which is waiting for him. Hence, Satan perverts the gospel by removing repentance and God’s wrath and filling with God’s love.
It is sad that even dedicated gospel preachers are preaching this perverted gospel. This is one of the important reasons for lack of revival.