A few days ago, I heard a friend relate a conversation he had with a relative who claims to be a Christian yet, presently lives an immoral lifestyle.
When my friend tried to reprove her, her response was typical of many in a post-modern world: She turned on my friend and lambasted him for distorting the gospel. In a word, she said, “My God is not judgmental.”
Overlooking for a moment the fact that the whole notion that God never judges anyone is a serious distortion of the Gospel. The question needs to be asked “Why are such distorted views so popular today?” I could cite many contributing factors, but one of the main ones is the serious downplaying of theology for a ‘method-centered’ focus when it comes to evangelism. In other words, under the guise of keeping it (the gospel) simple, there has been a wholesale attempt to reduce our presentation to contain the least amount of theological content.
If you don’t believe that is the case, go and attend most evangelism conferences today. Most of them focus on finding the best methods by which to present the Gospel with little or no focus on the message. They assume, for the most part, that everyone has the message right and that what is needed is to practically discover the best methods of getting it out.
Of course, it is impossible to present the Gospel properly without making some theological assertions. So, what ends up happening is the presentation of half-truths as author Will Metzger points out: