The Gospel Misunderstood

Today is going to be Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub (I think). At any rate, I wrote this for Open Link Night. It was inspired by several conversations I’ve had lately—some in real life and some online. So often the Gospel is misunderstood by Christians and non-Christians, and that makes me quite sad, because it is the best news I have ever heard.

The Gospel Misunderstood

Humans have selfishly gone their own way
I know ‘cuz for so long I did the same
Living my life by my greedy desires
I refused my need to call on His name

The Gospel is the Good News of mercy
Undeserved but offered freely to all
There’s no longer any need for penance
Only our repentance after the fall

Fear of punishment turns many away
Knowing deep down that their heart’s filled with sin
They think God judgmental and nothing more
By His sacrifice He welcomes all in

There’s no condemnation for me in Christ
He paid the penalty that I once owed
Although I endured the consequences
Redemption and friendship to me He showed

If you have rejected a vengeful God
Look closer and you’ll find amazing grace
Daily relationship with Him, who’s love
Will never leave when you seek His sweet face

Please don’t misunderstand the Gospel news
Clinging to sin that will be your ruin
Believing judgment all that God offers
When truly His love and grace He’s proven

Turn from a life that’s empty and broken
Turn, as I have, toward our God of love
Seek the peace that comes only through Jesus
The way, the truth, and the life from above

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


21 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing. You know what turns people away from God most? The church. They preach so much about sin; have they forgotten love? So much fire and brimstone, so much condemnation. What about love? The same selfishness the church condemns, I see in the church. Anyhow, good write.

    • I was just listening to a d.c. Talk song yesterday about that. I think it’s important to remember that the church is made up of imperfect people. It is when those imperfect people claim to be perfect instead of admitting their faults and need for a savior that we lose the rest of the imperfect ones, whom God does, indeed, love enough to have died for them. Peace, Linda

  2. I am sorry there was such a rude comment on this. the person should have just not said anything. Too often, we do not want to accept responsibility for our actions or inactions. We don’t like to hear that we are sinners when we only want to hear that just because we do something good, we’re okay. This was a very brave write and I applaud you for it. You’ve spoken truth and sown the seed. Blessings.

  3. The greaTest truth
    that Jesus ever speaks
    is God that lives within is
    the only Truth..
    the greatest mistruth of A Bible
    anywhere in any Universe NOW
    is promoting A CREATURE to
    GOD as ALL alone..
    as only A
    that be
    a so-
    or an only son
    and called
    as such
    never wanting THAT..
    but those who choose
    to make him tHeir
    Quarterback instead
    of GOD do.. and yes
    this is not just opinion
    but scholarly researched
    essence of Truth as well..
    Until that mistake is erased
    from the world
    Jesus will
    in peace…
    yes.. i am
    defending the
    honor and respect
    of the son of MAN Jesus
    who states clearly
    as reported in
    ‘that’ revised

    many will come
    to do much
    a grain
    of sand
    that is the
    OF ALL
    AS THE

  4. The message of forgiveness and love is indeed often forgotten in the name of intransigence, sticking to the rules and to traditions, dividing the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’.

    • Serious examination of one’s beliefs and faith is important. In His word, God says you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. I’m glad you found what I wrote helpful. Peace, Linda

    • I’ve never thought of myself as “religious” per se, at least not in the traditional sense. I do now go to church most Sundays, though it’s because I want to, never because I think I have to. I enjoy the worship and the fellowship, but if I have somewhere else to be I’m not stressed that I’ll miss it (which I will be the next two weeks). For me, relationship is what it is all about. It’s what God wants, too, I believe. Peace, Linda

  5. I think that we have simplified the gospel too far to truly understand its meaning. It begins at creation, and how God created us all – then the fall – then redemption. Without the fall, we dont understand why we need a gospel. Without creation, we dont understand what we are redeemed to. And without redemption – well, theres not much left. Ha.

  6. I haven’t been living my life only “by my greedy desires” but still did not need to call for Zeus, Buddha, or Yahweh. No repentance, no fear of punishment — no sacrifice needed. So if there is no condemnation in Christ, he should not give a shit that I live well without all that religiosity. Just a simple guy trying to get by in a theology free zone.

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