IF You Do Not Know the Gospel, You Are NOT a Christian

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The gospel (‘good news’) of Jesus Christ is CENTRAL to Christianity.

IN FACT, it could be argued that Christianity REVOLVES around the gospel.

So, with that being true, why is it that many (most) of those who inhabit the buildings we call “churches” DO NOT KNOW THE GOSPEL?

Several years ago, a man who was a graduate of a Bible college tried to claim that John 3:16 was the gospel!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“That’s John 3:16!  That’s NOT the gospel!”

“Sure it is!”

“NO!  It most definitely is NOT!  It’s a great Bible verse, but it’s NOT the gospel!”

“Okay, what do YOU think the gospel is?”

It was at this point the man was pointed to 1CORINTHIANS 15:1-8.

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8

* Why is it so SHOCKING that most church folk do NOT know the gospel?

Because the last command of Jesus Christ before He ascended to heaven was to preach the gospel.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
–Mark 16: 15-16

** Why is it so SHOCKING that most church folk do NOT know the gospel?

Because the gospel of Jesus Christ is central to the faith that they CLAIM to have.

*** Why is it so SHOCKING that most church folk do NOT know the gospel?

Because anyone who does NOT know the gospel is NOT even a Christian.

As it pertains to the last command of Jesus Christ, how can one preach what one does NOT know?

Now, KNOWING the gospel does not guarantee anyone a place in heaven. (There are several heathens of a personal acquaintance who know the gospel–which is more than MOST church folk.)

The church folk hear ABOUT the gospel, but since churches REFUSE to preach the gospel, the church folk do NOT even know what it is.

It bears repeating:

IF you do NOT know the gospel, you are NOT even a Christian.

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve shown up at the pot luck Wednesday night meetings with your favorite dish…

It does NOT matter how often you show up at on Sundays at the church building…

It does NOT matter how nice you are to others…

IF you do NOT know that gospel, you are NOT a Christian.

And that is sad beyond belief.

DOES the reader know the gospel?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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