The Breadth of the Gospel

Here is one of my favorite quotes from Doug Wilson’s excellent book Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth.  In this section of the book, he is discussing 1 Corinthians 2:2, 6-8.  On pages 50-51, he writes:

The danger of radical individualism can be clearly seen in this phrase from verse 2: “not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”  I grew up in a church which thought it was the responsibility of the church to preach the gospel every Sunday, with an invitation every Sunday.  And why?  Because that church assumed that preaching “Christ and Him crucified” was only about getting souls into heaven and nothing more.  And because Paul’s words were taken in a truncated way, this gospel was limited to the salvation of souls after they depart from this world.  This gospel had little to say about life here on earth.

But note how Paul approaches this.  His message is a message that topples the princes of this world, and everything that previously has been under their jurisdiction–and this meant the arts, politics, education, scientific investigation, building fences, cooking, and anything else that men might do.  Rightly understood, preaching Christ and Him crucified is as broad as the world.