The Cross: The Pulpit of God's Love
Evangelicals who reject the narrow fundamentalism of previous generations are in danger of over-correction. Don't Stop Believing is an urgent call for both right practice and right belief. Our concern for social issues must not diminish the core doctrines of...
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Evangelicals who reject the narrow fundamentalism of previous generations are in danger of over-correction. Don't Stop Believing is an urgent call for both right practice and right belief. Our concern for social issues must not diminish the core doctrines of our faith. We must not stop believing.
The fundamentalism of recent generations emphasized right belief. Unfortunately, this emphasis often extended to peripheral issues, elevating them to the level of foundational Christian doctrine. There was sometimes also a de-emphasis on right behavior, especially in the realm of social ethics.
Recent years have seen a needed correction of this narrow fundamentalism. However, today this turn is accelerating, with a postmodern twist. Foundational Christian doctrines are being questioned. Right behavior is being emphasized at the expense of right belief. Postmodern evangelicalism is in danger of over-correction.
^ ^Here is an urgent call for both right belief and right practice.^ ^Theologian Michael Wittmer examines ten key questions that confront contemporary Christians and shows why both orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right practice) are necessary for authentic Christianity. Our life and service to Christ flow from our love for him, which necessarily comes from knowing him rightly. If we jettison the core historic doctrines of the faith, we will cease to be Christian. We must not stop believing.
The atonement is the centre of the Christian faith and of the work of the gospel ministry. The purpose of gospel preaching is to make known what God has done in the cross of Jesus Christ. The evangel is the preaching of the cross (1 Cor. 1: 18). If this was apostolic Christianity then we must examine ourselves as to whether our emphasis corresponds with it. Is the cross central to the message we preach in our evangelism? But how are we to preach the cross? Does our preaching resemble that of the NT apostles? Does it match the passionate freeness with which the churchs greatest evangelists preached the cross to needy sinners? In this booklet, Iain Murray helps us to think through the message of the cross, to appreciate Gods love and justice in the death of Christ, and to grasp the truth afresh that by Christ crucified the love of God and his willingness to save is to be made known to all people.