(Luke 9:59-62 NLT) He said to another person, “Come, be my disciple.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” Jesus replied, “Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead. Your duty is to go and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
In these passages alone, we can see the radical nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is much different than what our presentation of Christ has become in this age of compromise.
”Let nothing short of radical change of heart satisfy you in your coverts…” William Carey, the pioneer missionary to India
Radical: (The Oxford Dictionary) ‘Radical comes from the Latin word radix, meaning “a root.” Radical is therefore going to the root or origin; touching or acting upon what is essential and fundamental; or thorough.’
(Webster’s Dictionary) ‘It is marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional…disposed to make extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions or institutions.’
“The God of the Bible is radical in all His dealings with men. This fact was most clearly and powerfully demonstrated in the life and ministry of His Son, Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God is therefore utterly radical in its demands…A true radical of the kingdom is a man who stands on clear ground in relation to truth. He cannot compromise his conscience, tamper with his convictions, or bend biblical principles for the sake of status or security. Though he does not court unpopularity for its own sake, he is not afraid of it if it comes. His concern is to obey God and leave the consequences with Him. All forms of unreality or pretense are anathema to him. In words and actions, he is captive to principle rather than expedience. This means that he will not hesitate to speak the truth in love for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. Nor is he happy to ignore matters, which need to be raised, in order to avoid an unpleasant confrontation. In the kingdomof Godradicalism means unswerving righteousness.” Arthur Wallis, ‘The Radical Christian’
When we consider the words of Arthur Wallis in relation to the statements of Jesus, we begin to see that we have allowed the fear of man to contaminate the presentation of the gospel. Many Christians have fallen prey to this deceptive snare of the enemy.
We have turned the gospel into the tolerance message. “Come to Jesus, and He will give you love joy, happiness, and a better life.” While these are byproducts of salvation, we should not forget that God demands that we repent as well. This presentation of the gospel has created a weak compromising Christianity lacking the power to deliver men from sin.
“Truth is not negotiable. The urgency of the cross cannot be financed into easy payments. Here is the church’s shocking dilemma: What do you say to a generation that is flat wrong-and keep them listening.” Mario Murillo ‘Fresh Impact’