Nathan W. Bingham
Connecting in a Hyper-Connected World

Getting The Gospel Right & Getting The Gospel Out

Michael Horton has responded to questions raised over a 2004 interview Modern Reformation published with Rick Warren. Personally, I believe his thoughts on Rick Warren are very helpful, but I thought it pressing to quote his concluding paragraph here:

“Long ago, the evangelist D. L. Moody responded to criticisms of his message and pragmatic methods with the quip, “I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”  We can be so proud of getting the gospel right while we don’t bother to get the gospel out to those who need it.  Furthermore, we can be self-confident in our theological integrity while ignoring the Word of God when it impinges on questions of social concern.  Yet the answer is not “deeds over creeds,” but to be re-introduced to the creeds that generate the deeds that are the fruit of genuine faith.  Getting the gospel right and getting the gospel out, as well as loving and serving our neighbors, comprise the callings of the church and of Christians in the world. However, confusing these is always disastrous for our message and mission.” – Michael S. Horton