What the Gospel Is Not, In Seven Words or Less

Inspired by Nick Ahern’s contribution, “The Gospel In Seven Words Or Less“, to the previous Christian Century post, I’m christening a contest of my own.  In the original post, people come up with a sentence (no more than seven words long) that boils down the message of the Christian Gospel.  One of his examples was “Having died and rise, Jesus conquers death.”

English: By Rembrandt.
“The Evangelist Matthew Inspired by an Angel” (Rembrandt)

In this contest, however, you are challenged to present (in seven words or less) a gospel that we Christians sometimes find ourselves believing, even though it isn’t  the heart of the Gospel.

Example:  “Jesus Christ, my slightly judgmental genie.”

Your turn 🙂

Allen Marshall O'Brien

Allen Marshall O’Brien is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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41 thoughts on “What the Gospel Is Not, In Seven Words or Less

    1. Wow, that’s a pretty good one. I get the whole “Christians suck at being Christians” thing, but faith in this “doubtful Jesus” calls people way beyond niceness… even as far as loving one’s enemies.

  1. Black Lives Matter, Yours does not.
    Poor Lives Matter, Yours does not.
    LGBTQ Lives Matter, Yours does not.
    Liberal Lives Matter, Yours does not.

    1. I’m pretty sure when someone says “black lives matter,” they aren’t saying other lives don’t.

      Like when you say “pray for Houston” during the floods, it wouldn’t make sense to respond “pray for ALL cities.”

      Lifting up the rights of the vulnerable or disregarded lifts us all up.

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