Why talk about SIN?

Some of the best attended “churches” in America are led by “preachers” who either avoid or minimize the topic of Sin. 
So, if there are many people who decide not to address the subject, and if there are many more who do not want to hear about it, then why in the world would anyone bring it up? Well, that is a good question…

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Do You have Right Relationship with God?

How can any sinful human experience right relationship with God?

This question is of supreme importance, though it is not likely on the front of most people’s mind at the moment. There are numerous assumptions in such a question. Here are just some of them: (1) There is a God; (2) God is holy or morally pure; (3) humans are sinful or morally corrupt; (4) God is just; and (5) God is gracious. While many may not regularly consider this question, all people presume at least some of these assumptions. In fact, the Bible argues that all people everywhere are accountable to God precisely because all conscious people know the first four assumptions to be true (Romans 1:18-2:11).

Arguing for the statements here is not within to scope of this brief article, but if the first four assumptions are true, then the question above becomes exceedingly important. If God is pure and just, and humans are morally corrupt, then God must deliver proper justice for all immoral thoughts, words, and deeds. While this reality is unsettling, not everyone sees fit to answer the question the same.

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Do you know the Gospel?

This question represents the most important topic of all time, and the answer to this question is assumed by most who might be confronted by it. Think for a moment… What would you say if someone walked up to you while you stood in line at the grocery store and asked you, “What is the Gospel?” Well? Would you tell them that Jesus has made your life better? Would you start to tell them about your church? Would you confuse them with several unfamiliar words and look down on them for not understanding what you’ve vaguely communicated? Would you tell them to say a special prayer?
 
While there may be many ideas flying around about what to say or how to say it, I’d like to help provide a simple way to remember what to say in any context. That’s right, I said you can be prepared to share the Gospel in any context, with any person from any culture, and even with those you know best. Four words that will help you remember the Gospel and share it well are these: God, Man, Christ, and Response.

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The Synoptic Problem

 

The so-called Synoptic Problem does not seem to be a problem at all, in the useful sense of the word.  It seems to me that a better title for this issue would be the Synoptic Production or the Synoptic Compilation.  Yet, the Synoptic Problem it remains, and Clements describes the matter by saying, “Even a quick reading of the four Gospels reveals that three of them (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are alike, especially when contrasted with John.“ He goes on to say that these similar three are called “synoptic” for the very reason that they share a common view of the life, ministry, sayings, works, death and resurrection of Christ.  “A more detailed comparison, however,” says Clements, “reveals a wide variety of differences as well as similarities… From a literary point of view, these facts raise difficult questions. How did the Gospels originate? Did their authors use each other’s work, and did they have other materials available to them?”[1]
 

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