For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes.”
Romans 1:16

The Apostle Paul had been imprisoned in Phippi, chased out of Thessalonica, smuggled out of Berea, laughed at in Athens, regarded as a fool in Corinth, and stoned in Galatia; but Paul remained eager to preach the Gospel in Rome — the seat of contemporary political power and pagan religion. (MacArthur Study Bible)

Paul makes no attempt to be relevant to his culture,

He makes no treaty with the culture,

He does not adapt his message to the culture,

He does not repackage his message for the culture.

To the Jews, Paul’s Gospel of Christ was complete blasphemy. A Nazarene, dead on a wooden cross, was the son of God?

To the Greeks, it was the worst sort of absurdity. A Jew from some obscure place was actually God in the flesh?

Paul would be totally rejected and scorned unless the Holy Spirit intervened to move in the heart of his hearers. Scripture states, “it is the power of God . . .”  The Greek word for power, is the derivitive for the English word dynamite. The power of the Gospel was not Paul’s delivery and not even his obedience — the POWER is of GOD.

However, the gospel preached by many, well-meaning evangelical ministries is another gospel — a social gospel. This gospel identifies the problem — as a broken, bleeding culture that needs to be healed and fixed. Thousands of volunteers are trained and commissioned to this mission field. Man is the savior for this gospel and if he strives hard enough and works long enough; humanity will be redeemed.

Contrarily, the Gospel of Christ identifies the problem — Man is broken and bleeding under the burden of the Law and therefore in a state of sin and separation from God. Jesus Christ is the only Savior for this Gospel.

Many evangelical ministries today emphasize a social gospel. A gospel that is ecumenical,  inclusive, and culture-making. It is a belief that Christianity will attract followers when it demonstrates its love for mankind. It is a vision to unite all of humanity, redeem the culture, and restore God’s kingdom on earth. 

Culture is not a living, breathing, being — Culture is the by-product of man’s sin. Culture is the sympton of the disease; not the disease itself. Where in scripture are Christians exhorted to “save” the culture or make a new one?
 
The Gospel of Christ provides the only way of Salvation for mankind and in the process breaks the culture. There is only one uniting factor.

And there is salvation in no one else [Jesus Christ]; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

Reference: Paul Washer

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