dressed up?

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  1. agedman

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    These words caught my attention in another thread. "...old gospel, dressed up for today's culture?"

    Because the question was asked, I think it needs to be discussed.

    It is actually proper to "dress up the gospel" to somehow make it palatable for or culturally acceptable?

    When does the dress up become nothing but worldly attraction?

    When does the dress up become the righteousness of Christ?

    Doesn't the Scriptures state that there exists an enmity between the gospel and the world?
     
  2. InTheLight

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    1 Cor. 9
    19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
    20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;
    21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
    22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
    23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
     
  3. Tom Bryant

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    I don't like the term, but I understand the concept. There are 4 biographies of the Lord Jesus. Each one has a different audience and therefore are written differently. Paul's approach to presenting the Gospel was different in Jerusalem than in Athens.

    The Gospel is not changed, it is simply a presentation change.
     
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    :thumbs::applause:
     
  5. agedman

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    This s a good section of Scripture.

    The question of the OP would then apply by asking if Paul would become a Buddhist or Muslim to win Buddhists or Muslims - for in the passage that is what is implied if taken to the extreme (Jew is not merely a group but a religion and the lawless as being those who reject all social restraints and embrace hedonism).

    However, we all know Paul wasn't making that type of application.
     
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    I understand the change in presentation (using culturally applicable illustrations, etc). The Athenians probably couldn't consider a temple without the statue of some god in it.

    But does that mean the that Paul would consider having a god statue (as the Catholics do) acceptable?

    The four gospels certainly address different audiences, but addressing an audience didn't change the gospel.
     
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    Key phrase is "I would become AS a Jew." I take it to mean that he would tailor the Gospel in ways that they would better understand it. Therefore to Jews he would emphasize how Christ was the Messiah, that he fulfilled the law, and that they needed to repent of their unbelief. I presume for Gentiles he would have taken a different approach, emphasizing that there is only one true God and that Jesus was the Son of God, and the Savior. I would guess he would similarly tailor the message to the Muslims and Buddhists.

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    I am not sure where you think that people are trying erect or add other gods to the Gospel. If they are they aren't dressing up the gospel because they don't have the Gospel.

    You seem to be lumping people who have changed the Gospel message with people who have merely changed the presentation, and there is a world of difference between the 2.
     
  9. mont974x4

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    Good post. The reason we do not like the term is such ideas have been used to abuse the concept and distort the Word. We never, ever want to twist, deny, or otherwise distort the key truths of the Gospel. We do want to find way to communicate these truths effectively to our specific audience. The problem is so often people are using modern terms and do not use Biblical terms in so many cases. This error is made worse by false teachers who end up preaching a different gospel claiming that they just want to make the truth unoffensive and palatable to the masses.

    We all paraphrase. We do that every time we teach or preach and try to find a way to help our audience understand the truths of Scripture. The problem comes when we make our paraphrase out to be Scripture.

    Brothers, there is no way we can give people ears to hear and eyes to see. That is the privilege of the Holy Spirit. We must do our best to be faithful to the Word and communicate it the best we can while recognizing that the real work is the Lord's.
     
  10. Mexdeaf

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    A better word than paraphrase might be contextualize.
     
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    I would say we do both. Anytime I say "Jesus Christ died for your sins" i am paraphrasing and synthesizing Biblical truth.
     
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    In reality don't we do both?

    We read a passage.
    We summarize it...which implies the act pf paraphrasing.
    We contextualize it in the application phase.
     

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