There are a growing number of voices in the Christian community that are marginalizing, even mocking, “the propositional Gospel.” Over the last several years I have had more and more conversations about this from philosophizing seminary students to grinding youth leaders to well-seasoned Bible professors to disillusioned pastors.
Those who believe in the power of the Gospel message to save the lost can sometimes be looked down upon as simplistic, even foolish. In a conversation about this not too long ago I was even asked, “Which Gospel are you talking about, the propositional Gospel or the Gospel of real equality and racial unity and systemic transformation?”
This is an important question that must be answered. This is an important conversation that must be explored.
According to the dictionary the word proposition means…
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16
The Apostle Paul preached the message of the Gospel again and again in synagogues (Acts 13:5) and marketplaces (Acts 17:17), by rivers (Acts 16:13-15) and in jails (Philippians 1:12-14), one on one (Acts 16:19-31) and in large crowds (Acts 21:40).
His three famous missionary journeys were really just one big “out loud with words” Gospelfest.
For 2,000 years Jesus has built his church through everyday missionaries who were unashamed to verbally declare these propositions as truth.