One of the primary reasons why many churches are doing an ineffective job of evangelizing is they fail to reverence the Gospel of Grace in their teaching (if any teaching is going on at all) and preaching. When Jesus died on the Cross for all (past, present and future) sins, we were given a chance to live in the freedom of His Grace (Romans 6:14). For those who repent of all their known and unknown sins (Romans 10:9-10), they’re given Salvation and eternal life in Heaven (John 3:16). With the gift of Salvation comes freedom from condemnation for past, present and future sins (Romans 8:1-2). When you accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Savior, you’ve been set free from condemnation. You no longer should be sin conscious; that is, you no longer should live in fear about sin and/or feel guilty about any sins (Hebrews 10:2). When one does sin, he or she can be forgiven by repenting of the sin (I John 2:1). At the moment you receive Salvation, you’re no longer under the Law of Moses; you’re now going to be led by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:18). The Holy Spirit will now teach you all things (John 14:26), and you will no longer need human beings to teach you everything you need to do, think and say (Galatians 3:25).
Grace is Jesus Christ. Grace is unmerited (undeserved) favor. Grace is the peace, power, and love of Christ working in the life of the Believer (a person who has received Salvation).
Unfortunately, too many preachers lack the proper teaching about Grace, and continue to “lord” (Mark 10:42; II Corinthians 1:24 [New International Version]) their authority over their congregants and those outside of the Church. Because many churches are still teaching and preaching the Law of Moses, they’re unintentionally serving Moses instead of Jesus, and they end up offering the world Moses instead of Jesus. For those of us who are serious about the mission of Christ (Luke 19:10), we have to teach and preach the Gospel of Grace throughout the entire world. We also have to encourage Christian teachers and preachers across the world to learn and spread the Gospel of Grace.
The Apostle Paul writes, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” The “gospel of Christ” is the Gospel of Grace. Paul is astonished that people are so quick to turn away from the Gospel of Grace and teach and preach other things. He informed the Galatians and us that there’s no other gospel except the Gospel of Grace. Paul divulged that there are false teachers present who “pervert the gospel of Christ.” Therefore, when someone is teaching and/or preaching something other than the Gospel of Grace, he or she is teaching you something diametrically opposed to what Jesus taught and preached and diametrically opposed to what He commands His followers to teach and preach.
The only way you can receive Salvation is through your Faith in Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Church leaders, if you’re serious about the mission of Christ, which is to win lost souls, then you must teach and preach the Gospel of Grace. Your evangelism will continue to be ineffective without an emphasis on the Gospel of Grace. Stop teaching and preaching the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses was brought to bring about your death (Romans 7:5), but Jesus has come to give you abundant life (John 10:10).
Don’t let another person condemn you to Hell. Repent from all of your known and unknown sins today and Jesus will give you Salvation immediately. Again, stop teaching and preaching Moses and teach and preach Jesus.
Dr. Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison