Don’t Assume about the Gospel


“Patience is a pastoral virtue.  But the one thing you don’t want to be slow about is preaching the Gospel (1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Tim. 4:1-5).  Many new pastors of old churches assume a rudimentary understanding of the Gospel and the Christian life among the flock.  But assumption on our part too often leads to presumption on theirs.  That is, when we assume the Gospel instead of clarifying it, people who profess Christianity but don’t understand or obey the Gospel are cordially allowed to presume their own conversion without examining themselves for evidence of it–which may amount to nothing more than blissful damnation.  Our ministries are ultimately about ‘ensur[ing] salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you’ (1 Tim. 4:16).  Believing the true Gospel, and responding to it in repentance and belief, is the only way to be saved.”

– Mark Dever, from his book with Paul Alexander “The Deliberate Church” pg. 43

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