"I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise... For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed..."
“Think of a cultured despiser of the Gospel... They hear the Gospel and like the Greeks, they say, 'foolishness.' Now, in our day, in America , our conservative lifestyle and our biblical orientation is in danger of being so politicized that our fundamental response to people like that is disdain, not debt. Test yourself right now. You watch the television, you look at political speeches, you walk the university campus and see how some may be dressed or whatever, and rising up out of your heart is not the feeling, 'I owe them grace,' but, 'yuck...' That's not Romans. That's not the Bible. If you come to the world with one colossal, well-argued 'yuck' upon your house, you won't win anybody to Jesus.”
-, in the sermon “ of the Gospel” (06/14/98)
The message of the Gospel is not that Christians are perfect people who should look down on outsiders (those Christians who claim it is are living a hypocritical life). The message is this--that even though our sins separated us from God-- the very source of goodness in the universe, He made a way for us to be in fellowship with Him again. He did so by taking the infinite debt we owe Him and placing it on His Son. He can forgive us totally even though there is NOTHING we have to offer Him and even though we have no way to pay back what we owe Him from our self-centered disobedience. God made a way-- not us. So the next time a so-called "Christian" tells you that you need to do such-and-such to be saved, feel free to call them to task for distorting what their own Bible teaches.
"But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known...This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement."