Thursday, October 20, 2011

Being Christian Means You Are Evangelical

What is an evangelical? What is the difference between the "old evangelical" and the "new evangelical"?


It has been said that saying you are an "Evangelical Christian" is redundant.
Christians share the "Evangel" or "Gospel" often referred to as the "Good News". Being evangelical means we share the "Gospel" or "Good News". The Good News is that we are all born sinners-yet God sent His Son Jesus Christ to Earth on a glorious mission. Through Christ's perfect life, death and Resurrection He is our substitute. He took on our sin and the wrath of God intended for sinners that day in our place on the cross. In exchange believers receive grace, forgiveness from sins, peace with God and eternal life. That is good news forever. A-Men.

So an evangelical is a description of a Christian as they share the "Evangel" or gospel.
In the 1900's "Evangelical Christians" described people of the Christian faith who made evangelism a priority in the Christian life. But all is not so simple in our cafeteria plan life as we have a mixture of so many traditions and added on beliefs. Today we have many who claim to be evangelicals who do not believe in basic orthodox theology as expressed in the four gospels and in such historic affirmations of faith such as the Apostle's Creed. Yes this confuses the nonbeliever and the church alike today.

The "Old Evangelical" trusted in Christ Alone for humanity's only hope as they knew we were all lost in sin without Christ. Many of the "New Evangelicals" compromise the exclusivity of Christ. "New Evangelicals" often differ on not only the exclusivity of Christ but in what is sin in our society.

Let's not make life complicated Christians. Being "Evangelical" is part of our job as Christians. Follow our Boss and King in His commands.

Matthew 9:35-38
English Standard Version (ESV)

"35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

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