Don Currin is the HeartCry Coordinator for Eastern Europe and an itinerant evangelist. He and his wife Cindy currently live in Tuscumbia, Alabama, where he is also pastoring a church. For more information on Don’s ministry, please visit his website at: doncurrinministries.org.
The biblical Gospel continues to incite hostility in the world. Its scandalous content arouses bitter opposition from both the religious public and global populace.
Two aspects of the Gospel that have provoked increased antagonism are the identity and exclusivity of Christ. Most men do not have a problem with Jesus as long as He is reduced to a moral teacher or miracle worker. But if His deity is introduced, the believer has a battle on their hands; for to declare that Jesus is God is to attest to His supremacy over all things, including His Lordship over all other gods.
The second aspect of the Gospel that offends humanity is the exclusiveness of Jesus. To tell someone who embraces a self-atoning method for their salvation that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven is to insult him in the worst possible way. Yet the Scripture teaches that “there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest problems in Evangelicalism today is that many Christians do not present the Gospel in such a way that would cause anyone to reject it. The urgent need in this dark hour is to declare the Gospel in such a way that it intersects the carnal reasoning of sinners to make them renounce their god for Christ. Although scandalous, it will be saving for all who believe.