For months there have been articles, posts, sermons, conversations, and even heated arguments over this question. I do not want you to think that I assume to be an authority on the subject, but I seek to turn our attention to what Scripture says. Scripture is our ONLY authority on this subject.
Consider what Paul wrote about the gospel to the Corinthian church; “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). Remember, this was a church that was fraught with many problems; division, immorality, serious pride in the leaders, lack of love for each other, unforgiveness, and many other issues. Does the gospel address all these issues? It sure does, and more!
How can preaching “Jesus Christ and him crucified” and nothing else, cover all these problems? When Paul was with the Ephesian church for three years, he taught them the “gospel of the grace of God” which is the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:24, 27, 31).
From those verses alone, we see how dangerous it is to limit the gospel to the salvation of souls. Salvation is the starting place for the gospel, but also includes all God’s truth. Paul told Timothy; “God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4). There is only One truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ is that truth (John 14:6).
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