So it has been brought to my attention that I may not have been clear about what I believe to be true about the Gospel, God and who we are in Christ. As I don't want to cause confusion, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify myself.
What is the Gospel?
By definition the Gospel is "good news". I would say anything about God's unconditional love for mankind constitutes as the Gospel. What I think some might mean by that question is "what do you use to lead someone to Christ?" But to that I would say, pretty much the exact same thing. "God absolutely loves you. He loved you enough that He sent His son to die for you. There is nothing you can do to change how He feels about you. He is passionately pursuing you and He wants you to know that He is not mad at you!" There you have it. The Gospel.
Is everyone a sinner?
Yes everyone is a sinner. Having said that, let me define sin. Typically we call any immoral action that doesn't line up with the character of God to be sin. But I think it's simpler than that. Sin is not an action, it is a mindset. The only sin the world has committed is unbelief. Unbelief in Jesus. All sin can be traced back to unbelief.
Does God execute judgement on anyone?
Nope. All judgement was given to Jesus by God the Father, John 5:22. And Jesus did not come to the world to judge it, John 3:17. The only judgement God will execute now will be against the ruler of this world, Satan John 16:7-11.
How will the unbeliever know he needs to be saved?
Well for far too long I think the church has stopped trusting the Holy Spirit to do His job. It is in no way shape or form our job to convict, convince, or expose any sin to an unbeliever. Because the only sin they are responsible for committing is unbelief. All we are to do is introduce them to their true Father. The one who created them, the one who longs for them and the one who passionately pursues them. It is not our job to try to use their ignorant behavior as a tool to bring them to Christ. They don't know any better. I'll say it again, it is not your job to tell them they are a sinner, they already know that. The Holy Spirit is the one who convinces them of who they are and who God is. Period. I challenge anyone to show me in scripture where it tells believers to tell unbelievers they are sinners in order to bring them to Christ.
Do Christians sin?
As stated before, all sin goes back to unbelief. What is Satan called in the scripture? The great deceiver. His job is to convince the world that God hates us, that He is mad at us, and that there is nothing we can do to please Him. He tells us we are worthless, that we need to just give up and do what we want because it doesn't matter anyways. When a believer steals for instance, it's because he has forgotten that he has all things in God. The believer has forgotten who he is in Christ. He stops trusting what God has said about him. It's about not lining up with the truth about us. That's when a believer sins. When we miss the mark as a believer, we are not believing who we are in Christ thus our actions manifest in immorality. It still goes back to belief/unubelief.
That's it in a nutshell, what I believe to be true about us, about God and about the world. God loves mankind. God is seeking restored relationship with every human being. That restoration only takes place when we believe what He says about us to be true. When the Holy Spirit convinces us that we are loved by God. I hope this clears us any confusion.
Thank you for reading.
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