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Unpublished article August, 2010

Preach The Gospel

“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16).

The word “preach” means to proclaim or to herald. The emphasis of such an activity always points to some objective rational content as the subject matter of what is being proclaimed or heraled.

Preaching, by definition, then, involves the intelligible verbal communication of objective positive content and rational thought. It is no mere attempted subjectivistic “swaying of the atmosphere,” so to speak, through the unintelligible emitting of an emotive “aura” of some kind or other.

Paul’s preaching in the New Testament was characterized by strong verbs, such as “proving” (Acts 9:20-22), “teaching” (Acts 11:26; 18:11; 20:20; 28:31), “exhorting” (Acts 13:5; 20:2), “persuading” (Acts 13:43; 19:26; 26:23), “confirming” (Acts 15:22), “rehearsing” (Acts 15;27), “dissenting” (Acts 15:22), “disputing” (Acts 15:22; 17:17), “declaring” (Acts 15:12; 17:23; 20:27), “reasoning” (Acts 17;20; 18:19; 24:25), “opening” (Acts 17:3), “alleging” (Acts 17:3), “testifying” (Acts 18:5; 20:21; 26:23), “confessing” (Acts 24:14), and “expounding” (28:23).

All of the above expressions point to the objective rational content of the message that Paul proclaimed or heralded. That message is referred to as “the gospel.”

We cannot obey the great commission, as stated in the Mark 16:15-16, without clarity concerning the objective rational content of the message called the gospel. “If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (I Corinthians 14:8). So, the first basic question to ask ourselves is this: “what is the gospel?”

It is clear that the Christian gospel of the New Testament is the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 24:14). This is also where our received modern dispensational premillennial end-time Bible prophecy learning thrusts its deadly dagger straight into the heart of the orthodox Christian message.

Scofield/Darbyism presents a radical dichotomy between the church and the kingdom, and in so doing it produces a very inadequate, even heretical, understanding of the gospel. Think more about this, if you will.

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