The Apostle Paul was not one to beat around the bush or sugarcoat what he had to say in defense of the Gospel. You could not silence him even when he knew what he had to say would cause controversy. I personally like this about the man. His “unashamed” approach to the Gospel caused riots to break out, got him stoned and left for dead, beaten and dragged off to jail. We never read that he ever backed down in fact even in prison chained to Roman guards he continued to preach the Gospel. As he said “the gospel is the power of God for salvation” (Rm.1:16). His direct approach if preached in most churches today would be deemed unloving, harsh, and legalistic. But isn’t this what the church in America needs right now, clear direct unapologetic preaching? In light of all that’s going on in this country these days we’d better have our feet firmly planted in good solid doctrine, not Jell-O.
As we have seen thus far in our study of Romans Paul paints the human race in a place of depravity and desperation. Chapter 1 states the whole world is under God’s wrath. Chapters 2 and 3 declare the Gentiles are guilty, the moralists are guilty, the Jews are guilty, and no excuses are acceptable. The conclusion is cut and dry; “no one is righteous, not even one” (3:10). This is the strongest statement on sin in the Bible. But here’s the good news (and there is a lot of good news coming); all this bad news is being presented so we can greatly rejoice in the good news. Mercy is great in light of our misery. Grace is amazing for those ridden by guilt. This powerful Gospel is what our nation needs to hear. No one who sugarcoats or waters down this Gospel for the sake of getting along or not offending becomes guilty of preaching a false gospel. Paul gives crystal clear instruction in regards to this as well.
“If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed”. (Gal.1:9)