Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Gospel is the Power of God, unto Salvation

One of the benefits of our Christian Holi(y)days, is the opportunity to draw aside and re-evaluate our lives, and the contribution we can make to the purposes of God.

The last century has seen an unprecedented decline in the influence of the Gospel in the market places of the world. Previous centuries have enjoyed the fruit of such influence.

Such decline has not been from any lack in the Gospel itself -- it always remains "the power of God unto salvation" -- but rather from the decline in the faith of the Christians.

The doctrine of the imminent return of Christ has made a major contribution to the ineffectiveness of Evangelical Christians. Some extremes of the doctrine suggest that Christian involvement in the market place is futile.

There is a refreshing wind of faith stirring in the hearts of some Christians; some are returning to the orthodox doctrine of the victory of Christ and His Church, in time and on earth, through the proclamation of the Gospel, prior to Christ's Second Coming.

Such faith will shake the foundations laid in the Twentieth Century, and shape the foundations that will be laid in the Twenty-first Century. This is the kind of contribution that I wish to make in the coming period of time.

1 comment:

Steve from the Alice said...

I believe I understand the perspective you are coming from, which is, among other things, I suspect, basically post-millenial. And I agree that many people of a pre-millenialist position also have, in a real sense, given up on real engagement in and with the world, but I would suggest that the basic problem may not be whether or not one is pre- or post-millenial. That is to say, there are pre-millenialists (I believe John Piper would be a good example) who, along with the congregations they lead, do actively engage in and challenge the world and its systems, going beyond the 'mere' saving of souls approach. The real matter may simply be that Christians in many instances are interested in being saved and/or having needs met, but are less interested in being disciples of Christ, slaves in Pauline terminology whose only thought is to obey the commands of Christ and Law of God, working to establish the Kingdom of God on earth as in heaven.