Assuming the Gospel

From Don Carson’s message at The Gospel Coalition: 2007 National Conference entitled “What is the Gospel.”

The Problem: Assuming the Gospel

Perhaps more common today is the tendency to assume the gospel…while all our creativity, energy and passion is given to other issues. Marriage. Happiness. Prosperity. Evangelism. The poor. Wrestling with Islam. Bioethics. Pressures of Secularization. Dangers on the left. Dangers on the right. The list is endless.

Why Is Assuming so Catastrophic?

Our hearers are inevitably drawn to that about which we are most passionate. Every teacher [or preacher] knows that. My students are unlikely to learn all that I teach them…they are most likely to learn what I am excited about.

If the gospel is merely assumed while relatively peripheral issues ignite our passion, we will train a new generation to downplay the gospel and focus on the peripheral.

The Solution: Be Prophetic From the Center

It is easy to sound prophetic from the margins. What is urgently needed is to be prophetic from the center…Moreover, if in fact we do focus on the gospel and understand it a right, we shall soon see how this gospel, rightly understood, directs us how to think about and what to do about a vast array of other kinds of issues.

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