The other day I posted a quote from Donald Miller. The question I posed focuses on the fullness of the Gospel. Can the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Salvation) be reduced to four simple steps?
Jesus said, "Come, follow me." He didn't ask his disciples to sign a statement of beliefs or say a Sinner's prayer. In fact, some of the people Jesus forgave didn't even ask Him for forgiveness. I don't believe the Gospel can be boiled down into four quick components.
Scot McKnight recently posted an article on the Out of Ur blog.
He believes that a Four Spiritual Law approach creates several problems:
1. No one in the New Testament really preaches this gospel.
2. This gospel is about one thing: humans gaining access to God’s presence.
3. This gospel creates and individualist Christian life.
4. This gospel sets the tone for the entire evangelical movement.
5. This gospel leads to spiritual formation being entirely about “me and God.”
6. The evangelical gospel has created a need for evangelical monasteries.
7. The evangelical gospels turns the local church into a volunteer society that is unnecessary.
8. The evangelical gospel is rooted in Theism or Deism, but not the Trinity.
Instead, McKnight wants us to seek out a Gospel presentation that does the following:
1. A robust gospel cannot be “tractified.”
2. God made you as an eikon (Greek for “image”) to relate in love to God, to self, to others, and to the world.
3. The “fall” cracked the eikon in all for directions.
4. Bible readers cannot skip from Genesis 3 to Romans 3.
5. Genesis 4-11 reveals the “problem” of sin: the climax is a society of eikons trying to build their way to God.
6. Genesis 12 begins to restore the eikon by a covenantal commitment and forming the family of faith. The rest of the bible is about this elected family of faith.
7. The “problem” is finally resolved in “four atoning moments”: the life of Jesus, the death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
8. The “locus” of resolution is the family of faith: three big words in the bible that describe this family of faith are Israel, the Kingdom, and the Church.
What do you think? Is Scot's analysis correct? Can his ideas for a "presentation" of the Gospel be accomplished?