For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God. 2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV
How have we gotten where we are today? As watered down the Gospel has become to the secular world I feel inside the church it has become more complicated. Armenians vs Calvinist and Reformed vs everyone. Baptism of babies or not, open heaven or closed. We as the church of Jesus Christ fight over the gifts that the power of the Holy Spirit has given us. Tongues no tongues, prophets no such thing as a prophet oh unless your meaning edifying or decernment. We as human sinners have jumble up the doctrine and in doing so has quieted our voice to the world.
Jesus tells us in Matthew that only the pure of heart will see God. That means pure of heart. No bias no agenda but a purity that matches that of Christ. But, if we come with an agenda other than that of the Kingdom of God we are only trying to advance our pride. Our pride in our beliefs or belief system is the very downfall of the church.
The very simplicity of the Gospel is where and only what we are to boast. The sad part is I bet 80% of our church today cannot even say what the Gospel is. So, if we as Christians cannot describe the very Gospel that saved our souls then how can we truly fulfill the great commission Matthew 28:19-20?
For me this is the fault of the pulpit and the student. This can most certainly fall under the lack of discipleship we have in the church today. And, if there is discipleship then most of us myself included don’t realize we are being discipled.
We must put down our pride, put the bias of our beliefs at the foot of the Cross. If we want God to use us and truly for the Kingdom to advance then it must be His way and not ours. If we can’t love our brother in the Church across town, then how can the world know the love Christ gave us? The Gospel is simple and we must keep it simple. 1 Cor 15-3-5 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. This is the Gospel.
Jesus said we are to Love God with all our heart and to Love our neighbor as our self. We have allowed the devil into the church and to separate us for centuries now. We are one church with one God by one Spirit brought to us by the blood of one Jesus Christ. Let us quit mudding down the gospel for mud is harder to see through than water.