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Essential Truth

Jesus died for our sins, not our problems

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Thu, 03/01/2007
Essential Truth

Scripture warns of a time when there will be a great falling away from the Christian faith (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Jesus himself declared that the “love of many would grow cold …” and He also said, “When the Son of Man comes will He really find faith on the earth?” (Matthew 24:12-13; Luke 18:8)

I believe that we are living in these times. A recent edition of Newsweek highlights the fact that churches across Europe are being turned into discos, restaurants, entertainment halls, offices and even homes. The figure they give is quite staggering in that thousands of church buildings are suffering this fate. Indeed Europe is post-Christian!

To make matters worse, in many Evangelical churches today one never hears powerful preaching on sin, repentance and the death of Christ. On the contrary, one often comes away with the feeling that Jesus died for our problems and not our sins. Failure to properly define these biblical concepts is producing a man-centered gospel that fails to go to the root of the problem.

Sin is now depression, loneliness, debt, illness and troubles, etc. whereas it is in fact rebellion against the character of God, deserving nothing short of the wrath of God (John 3:36). The Ten Commandments reflect the righteous demands of God’s character and our failure to meet them all the time constitutes us as sinners and enemies of God (Romans 3:20; Romans 5:6-11).

Repentance is godly sorrow that confesses our rebellion against God and genuinely asks for forgiveness on the grounds of Jesus’ death (2 Corinthians 7:10). This death is a once-for-all propitiation (Romans 3:23-26) for our sins in that He endured the anger of God on our behalf and thus fully satisfied the demands of God’s character on our behalf (Romans 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).

As regards this wrath or anger of God, it is a manifestation of God’s holy love! God is only love and nothing more or less. A God Who makes provision for the world’s sin in the death of His son has the right to judge a world that rejects this gift (Acts 17:30-31).

Sadly, the truths above are infrequently laid out before congregations, perhaps because the preachers think that all of this is too negative. After all people come to church to be blessed, uplifted and edified! The only thing that can truly heal the sinner is true repentance based on a recognition of our rebellion against God and thankfulness for His grace extended toward us in the death of Jesus (Titus 2:11-15).

A ‘bloodless’ Christianity is producing a lukewarm, failure-ridden church in the world that is far from the heart of God. We must, once again, rediscover the sermons of great preachers who once changed their world dramatically and populated heaven with millions of blood-bought children. Does all this sound radical, too radical? It should.

We must return to biblical preaching and we must, like the Apostle Paul, make the death of Jesus the platform upon which we stand constantly. He said, “I determined to know nothing among you save Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:17,23; 2:2).

May God help us to know, believe and preach essential truth.


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