Concern for the integrity of the Gospel

In this series I have been developing the basis for my concern for the integrity of the Gospel. In this my final post I will summarise my thoughts.

On the one hand I am seeing a distinct tendency among some evangelists to present just a part of the Gospel message. Salvation is often portrayed as a passport to heaven or a get-out-of-hell-free card. There is little or no explanation of who Jesus is, what He has done, and how people are to respond to Him and his Gospel. All the recipients of the ‘good news’ are often asked to do is accept Jesus into their hearts, say a ‘sinner’s prayer’, or even just put up their hands. All of this seems to take its lead from Romans 10:13 which reads, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” However, that very text continues in verse 14 with, ‘How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?’ This is the question which troubles me so. Surely the good news of Jesus must be articulated so that people may know the one they need to believe in? Of course the Holy Spirit could take even the speech of a donkey to communicate but we cannot, with integrity, claim that because of this we do not need to articulate a clear and complete Gospel message. Where is the validity of inviting people to receive salvation if they have no understanding of who Jesus is, what He has done for them, and how He requires them to respond?

Our churches are filled with nominal ‘Christians’, men and women who show little commitment to Jesus, little if any spiritual growth, and almost no desire to proclaim the Gospel to others. This is little wonder if in fact so many come into the Church without first being born again of the Spirit of God! And how are they to be born again if they do not REPENT – ACCEPT – ASK – RECEIVE – and CONFESS?

On the other hand, I see many people who have grown up in a Christian environment, but who have never received new spiritual life in Jesus name. They know the language, rights, and rituals of the church, but they do not evidence spiritual life and growth. Again, little wonder if they have never been born again from above.

I am not making judgements here concerning the worth of individuals, and I do not presume to know their inner thoughts or how they may have related to Jesus in their lives. I am just deeply concerned! I am concerned that, generally speaking, the church appears to be in trouble, and I suspect that a big part of the problem is that it consists to a large measure of unregenerate adherents to the Christian ‘religion’ but who lack spiritual life. I am equally concerned that many of those who assume the role of evangelists preach an inadequate Gospel that is in effect no Gospel at all.

I am aware that I am generalising and that I am perhaps also overstating the case. I do this in order to make the point with as much impact as I can. However, you be the judge of what I say. Do you share my concern, or do you think that generally speaking the Gospel is being adequately and faithfully proclaimed?

Christopher Peppler

Christopher Peppler



1 thought on “Concern for the integrity of the Gospel”

  1. I do agree full heatedly and have been struggling with the thought of how then we should live, I feel in general we (the so called christian world) has become luke warm and in the name of political correctness has wondered of the path Jesus set before us (making disciples of others) helping none believers to see the Glory of God.

    Jesus has been commercialized and my opinion is that a great deal of the so called gospel is only good news of how God bless u if u “follow”, but the core values of being a follower is missed as that might offend somebody. The result is a flock that do not have a healthy fear of God (like a son or daughter have for a Father that brings them up right). We are more concerned for what the next person may think or say of us.

    We live in a era of acceptance, and boy have some of the churches accepted some ungodly things (i.e. Abortion, Same sex unions) All under the banner of “jesus”.

    I am young follower of Jesus (saved in August of 2003) and is in no way perfect nor do I have the answers. What I do know and belief is that the Word of God (Bible) is invaluable and the answer is in there and should be taught as a whole and not only the parts that suites the majority. The majority followed Jesus one week and crucified Him the next.

    All followers should read his/her Bible every day and pray every day, so that u can have a relationship with God, and I can testify it sounds easier than it actually is but ultimately not that hard.

    We need to take our focus of sport and world affairs and rather seek the face of God. In my opinion the worries and pleasures of this world has put human limits on a almighty God and we do not trust or fully rely on Him any more.

    It is written “Hosea 4: 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

    It is harsh and will not be preached in most churches as I am of opinion that a lot of churches has become the game of filling seats and not about the Will of God.

    May God have mercy on us all and true revival go through the world and not this bandage faith that is so common today.


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My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

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