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Back from what?  (see below for ‘Why the blog?’)

We need to get…Back to The Gospel because it is, sadly, so often spoiled.   Here’s how the author J.C. Ryle described how it can be spoiled:

The Gospel in fact is a most curiously and delicately compounded medicine, and a medicine that is very easily spoiled.

You may spoil the Gospel by substitution . You have only to withdraw from the eyes of the sinner the grand object which the Bible proposes to faith,—Jesus Christ; and to substitute another object in His place,—the Church, the Ministry, the Confessional, Baptism, or the Lord’s Supper, and the mischief is done. Substitute anything for Christ, and the Gospel is totally spoiled! Do this, either directly or indirectly, and your religion ceases to be Evangelical.

You may spoil the Gospel by addition . You have only to add to Christ, the grand object of faith, some other objects as equally worthy of honour, and the mischief is done. Add anything to Christ, and the Gospel ceases to be a pure Gospel! Do this, either directly or indirectly, and your religion ceases to be Evangelical.

You may spoil the Gospel by interposition . You have only to push something between Christ and the eye of the soul, to draw away the sinner’s attention from the Saviour, and the mischief is done. Interpose anything between man and Christ, and man will neglect Christ for the thing interposed! Do this, either directly or indirectly, and your religion ceases to be Evangelical.

You may spoil the Gospel by disproportion . You have only to attach an exaggerated importance to the secondary things of Christianity, and a diminished importance to the first things, and the mischief is done. Once alter the proportion of the parts of truth, and truth soon becomes downright error! Do this, either directly or indirectly, and your religion ceases to be Evangelical.

Lastly, but not least, you may completely spoil the Gospel by confused and contradictory directions . Complicated and obscure statements about faith, baptism, Church privileges, and the benefits of the Lord’s Supper, all jumbled together, and thrown down without order before hearers, make the Gospel no Gospel at all! Confused and disorderly statements of Christianity are almost as bad as no statement at all!

[From, accessed 12 March 2021]

Why the blog?

It’s said very well by my friends Paul, Bunty and David Collins [Back to the Gospel, Fountaingate Christian Foundation, 1994]:

As we have seen the horrific needs of a dying world – nations in turmoil, people’s lives in chaos – our hearts have cried out to the Lord for the answers.  The Lord took us in His own prayer: “I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me.” (John 17:9).  The Church was Christ’s priority in prayer because the answer to the world is the Church.  It is through the Church that Jesus and a desperately seeking world are brought together.  In His prayer, Jesus declared:

“I have given them the glory that you gave me…”  John 17:22.

God has planned for a glorious Church, and the measure of glory God intends is exactly the same measure that Christ had!  As that prayer continues, Jesus reveals why He has given us His glory:

“…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe…”  John 17:21.

Yet as we look at the Church today we catch only rare glimpses of the glorious Church described in scripture.  With many others, we have been concerned about the divisions, the moral breakdown and the inter-church competition in the Body of Christ.  In additions, many Christians struggle with personal problems, many times receiving counselling for years without coming to a significant victory.  They are genuine believers, desiring to follow the Lord, but often confide that they feel they are “faking it.”  As we have travelled in the Body of Christ, we have observed that these problems are widespread.”


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