A recent reader of my blog accused me of not believing the gospel, of being a “false teacher.” She was well-intentioned, I am sure, but her comments really tapped into a source of insecurity for me: “Is it true that my beliefs have led me too far outside of ‘the gospel?’ Is she right in publicly rejecting me as ‘not a Christian?’” I would still defend my place within the Christian tradition and in the church; but, after some consideration, I think my friend may have spoken more truly than she realized: I don’t think we believe the same gospel.
In the next several posts I will attempt, as respectfully as possible, to work out a few of the areas in which I think we may disagree about what the gospel is. While I do believe that my friend is mistaken on some of these points, let me be quick to point out that she evidently has a heart concerned with truth and genuine submission to the message of Christ. I have hope that what we have in common in Christ is enough to keep us loving and respectful towards one another when we disagree in matters of doctrine. It is more than likely that I am wrong on some, if not all, of these points; but I would like to take an opportunity to raise some questions about what we, with such certainty, refer to as “gospel.”
The next post in the series can be found is here.