What is the Offense of the Gospel?


by Mike Ratliff

Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν· οὐκ ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἀλλὰ μάχαιραν. (Matthew 10:34 NA27)

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. (a personal translation of Matthew 10:34 from the NA27 Greek text)

It is good to be home. However, I do feel as if I have much “catching up” to do since I intentionally detached from the Internet, E-Mail, television, et cetera while I was traveling. In any case, I was struck by a post by our sister Christine Pack about an interview done by Martin Bashir of Tim Keller. The post and interview are here. Mr. Keller either does not understand the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ or is ashamed of the gospel or a combination of both I suppose. We have looked at this topic many times before my brethren. The genuine gospel does not bring all people together. It divides. Mr. Keller is all about being as inoffensive as possible even to the point of compromising the gospel. This sort of “minister” and his “ministry” is not of God, but is of this world and is of the flesh. Below are the eleven tenets of the offense of the gospel. Enjoy and be blessed as you examine yourself.  Continue reading