The title is not a misprint. It's half of the word Gospel. It's the Gospel message that most people are given today which is exactly half. Gospel means 'good news' but there's a bad news side to it too that is consistently left out with the modern Gospel message. People want to share John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" but not tell them John 3:18 which says,"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. They want a Romans 6:23 that tells us, "but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" and then leave out the first part of the passage that says, "For the wages of sin is death," Christians do this in an effort to not be judgmental or condemning and ultimately think they are being loving. Jesus loves us of course but every mention of Jesus' love correlates directly with the cross of Calvary and His death on it. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Notice that it doesn't say, "while God was pleased with our current lifestyles and wanted to be our friends, Christ died for us." We can share the Gospel biblically without ourselves being condemning. I know that it is the Holy Spirit's job to convict the world of sin but it is our job to share the Gospel message in it's entirety. That message is that our sin is what separates us from God and the Jesus died for those sins. It is not that "Jesus has a wonderful plan for our lives" or "just accept Jesus and ask Him into your heart". Those phrases are nowhere to be found in the Bible. Repentance of sins is taught throughout. Luke 24:45-47 says, "Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." The message is and always has been that we broke God's Law and Jesus paid the fine. Our sins put Him on the cross but His love for us held Him to the cross, not the nails. Paul consistently preached the full Gospel throughout the New Testament without compromise and he even instructs us in Galatians regarding there being no other Gospel. Chapter 1 verses 6-8 read, "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!" I don't know a better way to share the Gospel than to prepare the sinner's heart for good news by sharing the bad news first. It's super effective and the people that I've witnessed to are always receptive and even happy that I've shared. The only people who this seems to upset is other Christians who don't share regularly or don't biblically share the Gospel with people. For more info on how to witness biblically, listen to the Hell's Best Kept Secret or True and False Conversion sermons. Both are available to listen right here on this blog on the right side of your screen. If you have questions regarding biblical evangelism, my email is email@example.com or simply visit wayofthemaster.com.
Mark 13:10 (New International Version)
10And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.