Is the Church living Out in Tangible Ways the Ethical Implications of the Gospel?


by Mike Ratliff

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5 ESV)

I’m sure the title of this piece got the attention of some of you. What is Ratliff thinking? Has he gone missional and incarnational on us? The point of this piece is to show that the genuine Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ does indeed have ethical implications and the Church is obligated to live these out in tangible ways. However, the missional people who have created their own contextualized version of this in order to appeal to post-modernism, will probably not agree with what I am about to say here about these true ethical implications of the gospel. To them it is all in the framework of cultural reform and Dominionism with an emphasis on justice and fairness. Are these the true makeup of the call of the church as it lives this out as it should?  Continue reading