Share the Gospel Honestly

Let's not forget that Christ said salvation has a "cost"...

Many modern evangelism methods seek converts through promises of peace and joy without stressing repentance and personal responsibility.

No wonder so many people fall away when they discover Christianity also brings changed values, self-denial, and persecution (Matthew 13:20-22). (See Salvation Changes Us.)

What did Christ and the apostles stress when they shared the Gospel? Repentance and personal responsibility (Matthew 4:17; Luke 9:62Acts 26:20). (See 3 Warnings.)

What should we stress when we share the Gospel? Repentance and personal responsibility.

If we don’t tell people they’re dying in their sins, they won’t understand the value of forgiveness.

If we don’t tell them there’s a price for the peace and joy Christ gives, we misrepresent the Gospel (Luke 9:23-24).

Christ said, “Count the cost” before following Him (Luke 14:25-34).

He said people who weren’t willing to deny themselves weren’t worthy of Him (Matthew 10:37-38).

We aren’t saved by our goodness or our good works, but we are saved so that we can pursue righteousness and do good works (Ephesians 2:10; 1 John 3:3).

Whether or not that’s attractive to unbelievers, it’s still the Gospel.
If Jesus presented it that way, so should we.

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