Do We Need a New Gospel For the New Age?

There have been more changes in our lifetime than in any other period in the history of the world -- changes in travel, communications, medical science, education, etc.

Our present world is dreaming and planning for a more modern age. The world will continue to change with a more rapid pace. But does this mean we need a new gospel for the new age? Many modernists think so. They think the Bible, as it is, is not adapted to man as he is.

Can we take the inspired writer, Jude, seriously when he says, "Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints?" Yes! Man has not changed. We live in a changing world, but man remains basically the same. His needs and desires are the same. He is still flesh and spirit. His body still needs water, food, air, and sunshine. We are still dying spiritually because of our sin (Romans 6:23) and the only power to save our soul is the gospel (Romans 1:16; James 1:21).

Man is still struggling with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). No man in this modern age is tempted any more or less than men were in the first century. Man's adversary, the devil, has not changed; he still walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Satan still works today, as he always has, through agents who appear as servants of God. The Bible says, And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve (2 Cor. 11:14-15).

The message that "we need a new gospel for the new age" is from Satan and not from God. The simple gospel of Christ met every need in the first century and it will meet man's every need as long as the world stands.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Roy Dunavin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 6 July 1997

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