Monday, August 18, 2014

Why Do I Preach the Gospel?

Why Do I Preach The Gospel

Recently I was asked - "If everyone is saved, why preach the gospel at all?"

It's a valid question.  After all, if I don't say anything they're still going to be saved.  That doesn't change anything.  That is both true and not.

It's true that we have all been saved from the penalty of death indefinitely (not hell, as Christianity popularly teaches) however, we will not all be resurrected at the same time.  Paul teaches that the first resurrection belongs to the body of Christ, next  those who are of Christ in Israel, and finally the consummation when everyone will be brought back to life.

Firstly, my reason to preach the evangel is this - it's AWESOME news!  If I had the cure for cancer, and everyone was going to get i free of charge why WOULDN'T I get excited about this?  No one needs to live in fear anymore!!!

But that's just what religion has been doing for thousands of years to billions people.  The common "appease God or else..." has many in dread of god, in fear of eternal torment and constantly on the treadmill of repentance and works.  The evangel frees us from this.

The evangel of the happy God (1 Timothy 1:11) tells us God is conciliated with mankind (1 Corinthians 5:17-21).  Conciliation, simply means God is at peace with you.  Contrary to that, Christianity often teaches that God is at WAR with you.  That there is a dividing wall between you and God and unless you repent it can't come down.  They do not understand that the wall is already down.  It was torn when the temple curtain was ripped in two by the very hand of God.

Today I am God's ambassador preaching to everyone - Be at PEACE With God!  He is at PEACE with you!! You are FREE! (Gal 5:1) Stop acting like you aren't!  You can't, and DON'T have to do anything to be free! You already ARE!

While yes, it is true that God gives faith to whom he chooses when he chooses, he deigns to give his ambassadors of the evangel a part in this work which he prepared for me to do (Eph 210)

Finally, I want to bring the evangel far and wide to those of my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ so that they too can be a part of the first resurrection from the dead.  Why wouldn't I want them there?  I don't want to miss out on a THING.  It may be the smallest iota of time in comparison to the vast tides of time that we will have with God after the consummation, but...

Have you ever been to a party where you were late and just caught the tail end of it as it was winding down?  How people might relate to you later all the things that you missed out on?

It feels like that to me... and I don't want to miss a single moment, and for those of you who truly want to be part of the eons of God's work that he is unfolding... I want to make sure you get a chance to get on board too.  This isn't out of fear.  This isn't about punishment.  This is about loving God and being part of the most AMAZING time in history.  When FINALLY the culmination of the ages, the fruit of the past eons where all creation travailed in the throes of great evil... finally we come to the Eons of God's goodness, where ALL things will be made right.

Who WOULDN'T want to show up to the party on time?

There are SO many more reasons to preach the evangel of the good news of the happy God, than there EVER Was to preach the demonic doctrine that I believed in Christianity.  It is as different as night and day.

With love and prayers in this great hope,

Travis Penner

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