Dr. Al Mohler’s recent renewed call for evangelicals to resist and reject the legitimacy of the papacy and therefore its authority (here)–has caused one blogger to address the exact nature of the Gospel.
According to David Armstrong, the blogger in question, sola fide, faith alone, is not the gospel. He continues, “While sola fide is something I would affirm and hold to be true according to the New Testament, it’s not something that I would use interchangeably with the word “Gospel,” because this is not what the New Testament means when it talks about Gospel.”
He then offers a definition of the gospel,
“The Gospel is the dynamic proclamation that the Kingdom of God has arrived in the crucified, buried, risen, ascended, and now enthroned Jesus of Nazareth, God’s long-promised Messiah and chosen Son. The Gospel, the euangelion (an ancient word that immediately connoted the idea of ‘king’ in the ears of its hearers), is a proclamation about a King and His Kingdom.”
To clarify further,
“Who belongs to that Kingdom and how–questions that deal with soteriology, ecclesiology, and justification–are important effects of this new reality, but they are, after all, AFTER-EFFECTS of the Gospel, and not the main point of the Gospel.”
What Mr. Armstrong is doing here is nothing new (his full article here). But really is an effort to clarify and restate what the New Testament says about the terms in question.
In other words, it’s the task of every new generation of believers to rethink these matters in light of Scripture, while standing on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before.