Honey, I shrunk the Gospel

If Disney were to do a movie on the modern church, they would call it, “Honey, I shrunk the Gospel.”

We’ve downsized the gospel in two ways:

1) It used to be good news about a Person, the risen Christ. Now it’s often presented as a set of doctrinal truths. PROBLEM: You cannot get to heaven just by believing a set of facts.

2) In the first century, the awe-inspiring part of the gospel news was Christ’s resurrection. Today, the only life-changing element in it is the cross. PROBLEM: the resurrection is not a tack-on to “the good news of the cross.”

–James Rutz, Mega Shift


3 responses to “Honey, I shrunk the Gospel

  1. Joe, the gospel has been shrunk. I think it’s been largely reduced to the gospel of sin management–and sometime even that gets watered down. Utter the proper prayer (sincerity appreciated) and you’ve got your “get out of jail free” card, playable only upon death. You now have the “bar code” that reads “saved” by the Great Scanner in the Sky. Discipleship, to the extent it’s even remembered, is reduced to adhering to a rules-based system of “Christian behaviors.” The Great Commission is taught as “go and make converts” rather than “disciples.”

    Salvation is certainly a very important part of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but do we really think God would have abandoned us to living in this life without His assistance? I don’t. John 10:10 says He didn’t. The gospel of Jesus Christ is so magnificently deep and wide and fulfilling that even when we try purposefully to understand it, we only get a glimpse of the total picture.
    “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” ( 1 Cor. 13:12)

    Yeah, that’s what I want.

  2. Methinks you’ve been smoking more than cigars.

    Pass it around so we can all take a hit. 🙂

  3. patrickandchristy

    Downsized??? Man, many Christians couldn’t even tell you what the Gospel is. You can’t downsize something that you don’t even acknowledge.

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