For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
(1 Corinthians 1:18)
Many times as Christians we fall into the trap of transmitting the sweet/modern gospel. It is a fact that such gospel only produces shallow Christians.
Allow me to explain what I mean. Most of the time, we portray Jesus as the one who will give us peace, joy, healing etc. What happens is that people will try HIM and the minute persecution, tribulation and other attacks by the enemy start to happen, they give up their faith and end up backsliding, becoming worse than they used to be.
The true gospel is a gospel of repentance. We have to help people understand that they are sinful and fell short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). Therefore no one is eligible to enter into heaven in that condition. Please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCSUKIhjevo to understand who is a good person by God’s standard. The good news (Gospel) is that Jesus paid the price on the cross and through HIS death and resurrection, He made it possible to all those who believe to come to be reconciled with the Heavenly Father. Jesus paid the penalty which was reserved to us to reconcile us with the Father.
Once a person is truly convicted that Jesus saved HIM and that without HIM it could not possibly happen, then when difficult times arise because of HIS faith, he will remain planted on the Rock of HIS salvation as he would know that the victory is already HIS through Christ and that all this is temporary birth pains for future glory to come.
In other words a Christian who is not moved by what HE or She feels or sees but a Christian who is only moved by God’s promises. Once planted on Jesus our Rock, peace, joy, healing will follow as He is faithful to HIS faithful ones but these are the benefits and not the reason why we seek HIM.
So let us make sure we are proclaiming the right type of Gospel. The gospel of repentance which the world so much needs, remember time is running out and we need to act fast.