Making the Gospel More Attractive

December 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Theology | 1 Comment

            In Titus 2:9-10 Paul says we should make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.  That comment is in an interesting context.  So often, in our world, making the teaching about God more attractive means either changing the content of the message or changing the methods used to present that content.

            The first of those two means I strongly oppose.  In fact, this book of Titus is all about sound doctrine; the theme verse is 2:1 – “speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.”  If we change the content of the gospel, it really isn’t any gospel (i.e. good news) at all.  This is seen especially in the matter of sin.  Too many presentations of the “gospel” water down the fact that we are utterly sinful, but without establishing the matter of our sinfulness, the necessity of the cross is done away with, and Jesus becomes just a friend or helper in our spiritual journeys or a guide who helps reveal God to us.  But the good news of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins.  Thus watering down our sin, to make the gospel more attractive, is not presenting the gospel at all.

            The second way Christians make the gospel more attractive is by changing the methods we use to present it.  I am in agreement with doing this, as long as it is the gospel we present and as long as we don’t violate scriptural principle with our new methods.  However, in Titus, it is not the methods that Paul is talking about when he says to make the gospel more attractive; it is character.  Notice the entire sentence of that phrase: “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”  What makes the teaching of God our Savior attractive is the character of the slave toward his master; not back talking, not stealing, pleasing his master with his work, and proving trustworthy.

            Maybe we should concentrate more on our godly character than on changing our methods of presenting the gospel.  Maybe that concentration would make for more effective evangelism in the long term.

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  1. Amen Brother!!!!

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