The Gospel is Not Just “Fire Insurance”

To be sure, there is more to the gospel than salvation from hell.  The cross is not simply God’s way of forgiving sinners, but of conquering the demonic forces and structures that yield oppression and violence.  And it’s certainly true that the gospel has often been reduced to a simplistic and individualistic message that misses the sweeping grandeur, of Christ’s redemptive historical achievement.  It is not just “fire insurance”, but the way in which the Triune God fulfills his promise of a new creation in spite of human rebellion.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 93-94

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