A couple of weeks ago, I attended a conference called Together for the Gospel (T4G). The speakers at this conference all come from various denominational backgrounds, are close friends, and are agreed on the fundamentals of the Christian faith, namely the gospel, around which their love and unity find expression.
This year’s theme was “The Unadjusted Gospel”. It was a joy sitting under rich gospel teaching, being reminded that we don’t mess with the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom 1:16). Each speaker pointed out that from the beginning of the church’s history, various people and movements have attempted to adjust/modify/tweak, the gospel to fit their own desires or as an attempt to flow with the cultural currents of the day.
It is a great temptation for all of us to fashion the gospel into something we “like”, to hold on to “my faith”, which may be different from “your faith”, but which may not be true faith at all. Why talk about death and suffering and hardship in today’s society, when people want to leave church feeling good about themselves; not challenged to confront, confess and repent of their sins?
What a godly example Pastor Matt Chandler and his lovely wife, Lauren, were to us! His testimony was a beautiful “unadjusted” gospel picture. It would have been very easy for this young pastor to “tweak” the gospel just a little to downplay suffering to appease hurting young families grieving over dying infants and ailing parents. When his own trial by suffering came, who would have noticed if he’d turned to preaching faith in faith, rather than faith in Christ?
Watch his testimony and see a beautiful example of one who lives an unadjusted gospel life!