One of the verses that has stuck with me ever since I was a youth is Romans 1:16 where it says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes first to the Jew, and also to the greek.”
When it comes to the ministries we serve in and our relationships we need to proclaim the truth of the gospel boldly. It is easy to be persuaded to present a watered down gospel that will seem more “gracious” and “loving” when in reality it is robbing people of the truth that God desires them to hear.
Today we can feel the intense pressure from our culture to be “tolerant” which we have translated to mean “accept as a valid truth”. When we as Christians proclaim to know “The Truth” we are ridiculed as being hypocritical, hate mongers, who are not loving or merciful. May we not fall into the temptation to compromise God’s truth to appease man.
Look at the life of Jesus when he proclaimed the truth of the gospel, multitudes of people left him. Jesus didn’t say, “I better tone this message down some because some of these people might not want to be my disciples anymore if I am to forward.” Instead Jesus said, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”
So let me say loudly…
I believe that Jesus is the son of God
I believe that Jesus was born of virgin
I believe Jesus lived a sinless life
I believe in the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose three days later
I believe that it is only through Jesus Christ that we may be saved
I am not of ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I will proclaim this loudly and boldly in the face of all adversity and I want to challenge you to as well!