The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation.
The Gospel is not a recitation of facts. The Gospel is not mere history. The Gospel is not a magic incantation that makes the spooks flee. The Gospel is not a self-help formula for personal fulfillment.
No, the Gospel is the power of God.
There is power in the Gospel, there is mighty power at work, so mighty that men really want nothing to do with it.
Men do want a Gospel that appeases their conscience. Men do want a Gospel that makes them feel better about continuing in sin. Men do want a Gospel that eliminates personal responsibility. Men do want a Gospel that gets them out of hell as long as they can keep living like citizens of hell.
But men do not want the Gospel, the power of God. Men want to cut their sinfully mussed spiritual hair with a fine tooth comb and tweezers. The Gospel uses a chainsaw and cuts your head off and starts over.
The Gospel is power. Don’t mess with it, you’re liable to get hurt.