a presentation by Mark Tatlock
God’s Word presents the gospel as having a global agenda. There is a worldview at the center of every culture, which forms the value system of a people. Government, law, marriage, and education are all shaped by these values. This is represented in their sense of aesthetics. Christians too often focus on changing the aesthetics, rather than targeting the heart with truth that leads to repentance. It is the beliefs of the heart that must be changed. The gospel must be taken cross-culturally, addressing the false religious beliefs formed by tradition, such as the traditions of the Catholic Church, which supplanted Scripture, necessitating the Reformation. There are ultimately only two worldviews, one that is God-centered, and one that is man-centered, whether religious or secular. Man-centered views lack assurance of redemption, and always depend on human effort. When man rejects God, he always puts something in His place. Ultimately that something is self, whatever idols may be employed. This was the issue in Luther’s day, and it is still the issue now. Salvation by grace alone through faith alone is the heart of the gospel. Biblical Christianity is the only religion to present the truth of how to be right with God. God is not distant, but sent His son to die for us, demonstrating that He is loving, compassionate, wise, and just. This sets apart the true God. Therefore, we have the greatest news to tell, that the holy and perfect God is merciful and gracious, pursuing those He has chosen to salvation.