The nature of the Gospel is to offend. This is according to one who never backdown from preaching the gospel without reservation. I’m talking the Apostle Paul here.
22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Cor. 1:22-25 ESV, emphasis added)
For Paul, preaching Christ crucified offended many of his listeners: “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” But Paul never adjusted the Gospel message. He kept on preaching the unadulterated Gospel, so that “to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
However, we find ourselves in an age where preachers continue to adjust the gospel message, calling the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross cosmic child abuse, and removing the wrath of God from the gospel proclamation.
Again, we need to look to the Apostle Paul here, who rather be anathematized than adjust the gospel (Gal. 1:6-9) As part of his gospel presentation, Paul preached both the substitutionary death of Christ and the wrath of God (Romans 2-3).
But when preachers today feel the need to adjust the gospel because they don’t want to offend their listeners, they are in fact offending the Lord Jesus.