Amid the Turmoil, Our Message Remains the Same

Posted on July 20, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Our Dark Times
These are dark times in which we in the West are living – at least comparatively speaking. Those not in the West have known only dark times for decades.

As society continues to unravel in what I believe is a prelude to the end of the age and soon-appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ, we as His followers must never lose sight of the basic Gospel message. Yes, the study of last-days prophecy is fascinating and necessary, as is trying to connect the dots linking current events and prophecy fulfillment.

However, the bottom line for the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ has always been the soul, specifically, its eternal destination. Therefore, no matter what side of the Bible prophecy spectrum one resides, crucial to Christian consciousness must always be the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the most essential and critical message the believer can communicate, and we must be about its business regardless of world circumstances.

With this in mind, let’s take a brief refresher course in the Gospel message, that we may be ready should the Lord call us to share it.

The Gospel
The first thing unbelievers must know is that everyone is born a sinner and hence separated from God. Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Psalm 51:5: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Isaiah 53:6: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Next, unbelievers must know the penalty for being born in a sinful state. Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death …” Hebrews 9:27: “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” Revelation 20:15: “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Third, as sinners, we cannot save ourselves. Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works …” Titus 3:5: “[Jesus] saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”

Fourth, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 Peter 3:18: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

Fifth, to be saved, individuals must receive Christ’s free gift of forgiveness. John 1:12: “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” Revelation 3:20: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.” Acts 16:31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Romans 10:9: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

The Same Message
This Gospel message has stood from the day of Christ’s resurrection. It has never changed. In times of peace and times of war; of Christian revival and persecution; of prosperity and poverty; and of civil obedience and unrest, the message of salvation has always been the same because the natural state of the human heart has always been the same.

And it is the message disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ must declare to all whom God brings to us. No matter what happens next, and no matter what you may read on the Internet and watch on TV, always remember these most paramount of all words spoken by our Savior: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Greater truth have never been spoken!