Take them to impossibility

Posted: October 20, 2009 by Daniel in Uncategorized

weed in dry groundTonight I heard a brother recount a conversation in which he had an opportunity to share the gospel. The man he was talking with had declared, “The important thing to being a Christian is to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself.” He then went on to say my brother had been making it all too complicated. To this my brother replied, “Yes, the gospel is as simple as that, but can you do that?” In asking this thoughtful question, my brother was urging the man to see that it it was impossible for him to really do what he claimed he was doing, for indeed loving God with all our heart and loving our neighbor as ourselves is the summary of the law of God. My brother did then share the gospel of Jesus Christ, the one who has done what is impossible for us.

In reflection of this gospel encounter, the man had thought that the way to God was simple and that he had it sorted out. It was my brother’s job to take him to the impossibility of the requirements of the one true God. When faced with the wall of impossibility, then the simple and clear Gospel of Jesus Christ can (by the work of the Holy Spirit in their heart) be understood.  One closing thought was also given by another brother tonight: in moving from the simple, to the impossible and then to the simple gospel, we must always be wary of the easy gospel.

  1. Alistair Bain says:

    Daniel. What is the easy gospel that we must be aware of?

    • Daniel says:

      When I think of making the Gospel easy, I am thinking of easy believeism (full article)

      Essentially, the teaching of “easy-believism”, asserts that the faith which saves is mere intellectual assent to the truths of the gospel, accompanied by an appeal to Christ for salvation. According to proponents of the “free grace” movement (i.e. “easy-believism”), it is not required of the one appealing for salvation that he be willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ.

  2. I really like your example given above, Daniel. The actual Gospel of Jesus Christ in it’s *fullness*, it’s jaw dropping, staggering magnitude – is beyond comprehension in the mortal brain.

    ’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
    Who can explore His strange design?
    In vain the firstborn seraph tries
    To sound the depths of love divine.
    ’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
    Let angel minds inquire no more. – Wesley (yes I know I know don’t even say it…okay can I quote Arminians on your blog? :o)

    Yet, salvation being a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit – it comes down to ‘repent and believe’. Or to get wordy, simple imputed righteousness give rise to holiness and imparted righteousness.

    It is such a fine line when you are explaining the Gospel, it is by faith not of works, but if there are no works it proves no faith. This is the struggle, the narrow agte and narrow way.

    One real objectionable offensing thing on your website that I will absolutely not stand for even one more day – it’s Timohty Fellowship not Timoth Fellowship on yorur recommended blogs section ( :o) )

    From the backwaters of the town they call ‘Adelaide’,

    Daniel and the Timmy Fellows

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