“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Rom 1:16)
Romans chapter one is all about the gospel’s power to save, and the foolishness of those who reject its teaching. The Gentiles replaced the truth about God and His Will with paganism. Their religion became a creation of their own mind and allowed them to do and live as they pleased. They “worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator.” (Romans 1:25) Clearly, this corrupted their religious practice and moral character (Rom. 1:26-32).
Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” The apostle Paul took on a personal affirmation that he was not ashamed of the gospel he preached. It wasn’t a collective view he held but a personal one. Even so, Paul instructs all Christians to be followers of him even as he also followed Christ (1 Cor 11:1). We are going to face judgment individually, based on our actions and how we handle The Word (2 Tim. 2:15).
In the isolation of Christian communities and Christian friends, you might think that no one would ever feel ashamed of the gospel, but that is not the case in this vast world. Many religions no longer hold up God’s message about homosexuality, a woman’s role in the assembly and home, or matters of divorce and remarriage. Some Christians feel uncomfortable when challenged about their faith and doctrine. We don’t want to tell people they can’t reach heaven in denominations. There was no ambiguity in Paul’s teaching because he understood the gospel’s value and place in salvation, and neither should there be in ours.
Some may be afraid of what others will think if they stand firm in their convictions. Faith is all we have when it comes to religion. People who differ with us speak their mind, and those in error stand firm. If the misguided are fearless enough to speak up, why would we not do the same for truth? (2 Thess. 2:15)
Refusing to tell others what they must and must not do displays a weak and unconvinced faith. (Acts 4:19-20) Clearly, no one can force their beliefs on another, but that doesn’t mean you should keep silent or waver. God will judge those who do wrong, and He will judge us wrong if we don’t warn them who do wrong (Ezek 33:7-9).
I believe it is wrong to use instruments of music in worship and I tell others the same. There’s no doubt in my mind that homosexuality is an abomination before God, and I want others to know the spiritual danger associated with the act. How can anyone leave the impression that it doesn’t matter if they’re firmly convicted?
The gospel was clearly defined in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 which says, “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures“.
There is a right and there is a wrong when it comes to the salvation of your soul. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph 4:4-5). Remember, the body is the church which Jesus is the head thereof (Eph 1:22,23 f; Col 1:18). Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “….on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it“. Jesus was called the “Rock” (1 Cor 10:1-4), the chief cornerstone (1 Pet 2:6-8 f; Isa 28:16). No one was ever added to the Lord’s church except they had first obeyed the gospel of Christ (Acts 2:37-47). Jesus commanded his apostles to: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk 16:15,16). Therefore, according to New Testament scripture, anyone who gained entry into the Lord’s church must have been a confessed believer (Rom 10:9,10) who had repented and was baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
Every true Christian knows the gospel of Christ. Don’t be ashamed to preach it, teach it, and reach out to anyone who will receive it.