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THE RIGOROUS GOSPEL

March 14, 2008

The following is an excerpt from Mrs. Joni Eareckson Tada’s message yesterday at the Ligonier Conference in Orlando. For more of the message you can go to the Ligonier blog where several guys are live-blogging the event (http://www.ligonier.org/blog/?page_url=blog.php.

” We must not introduce people to a false Jesus. We must not say that forgiveness is easy. We must not pass on trite lines, like “Jesus is your best friend.” We ought to bring the rigorous gospel to bear on people’s lives. Sin kills. Hell is real. Judgment is coming. God is merciful. And Jesus is the way. Our Savior came to proclaim good news to the poor and liberty to the oppressed.”

“We don’t teach a half-baked gospel that turns bad men into good men but dead men into live men. Jesus did this, and we adorn the undying gospel when we follow his example by relieving suffering and promoting justice in the name of God. Jesus wants the captives set free. We are to be lights shining in the world. We cannot shrink from the battlefields that are ugly.

True, the gospel is off-putting to those who think they have everything. But the gospel is everything to those who have nothing. They are desperate for something that this world cannot give. Affliction is a physical symbol of the spiritual reality that without Christ we cannot do anything. Blessed are the pure in spirit. The price of salvation is high. The poor more readily see that Jesus is everything. They are already dead to the world in a way that the privileged are not.”

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  1. March 18, 2008 4:21 pm

    Very interesting thought-“The poor are dead to the world in a way that the privileged in this world are not.”

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