"Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”" -Luke 18:24-27
You might think that this is an impossible message to preach. To confront men and women - in their politically correct, post modern thinking of their sin - with the absolute Holy Law of God seems unthinkable, and it just won't work! Well, that exactly right. It is an impossible message to preach, and it goes against all the wisdom the 'evangelism gurus' today tries to tell us. "Don't mention sin, don't mention hell, don't present God as judgmental or authoritative in any way, just try to win them over by love."
However, pause and ask ourselves, if we are to preach that kind of message, which removes the Biblical message of final justice in the hand of a Holy God, then what are we telling people they need saving from? - Boredom and lack of direction in life? Are they saved from not living out their untapped potential? Saved from a mediocre job and unfulfilling relationships? Turn to your Bible again and tell me, where did God promise any of the above when we become a Christian? Never, in fact it says just the opposite. Christ makes no promise of a better life in this life and in all likelihood it will be a life of rejection, trials and tribulations.
Christians down the ages have suffered loss for the sake of following Christ. Jesus Himself asks His would-be followers to weigh up the cost of discipleship, and He did not mean two hours every week spent in a group Bible study. Christ demands total denial of self and makes no promise of a cushy existence. Jesus did not make it easy for people to believe, just the opposite, His message, the Biblical message of salvation is impossible to believe for the human mind.
So when someone does believe when the Biblical Gospel is preached, God and God alone gets the glory for saving sinners. It's not about the brilliance of the preacher, it's not about the attractiveness of the message and it's definitely not about the intellectual prowess of the listener. It is only God who saves, through the faithful preaching of the Gospel.
Part 6: Hell is Reasonable Justice
Part 8: The Really Good News