Man-Centered vs God-Centered Gospel
View of God
Point of contact with non-Christians is love (God loves you).
Point of contact with non-Christians is creation (God made you).
|Love is God’s chief attribute.||Holiness and love are equally important attributes of God.|
|God is impotent before the sinner’s will.||God is able to empower the sinner’s will.|
|The persons of the Trinity have different goals in accomplishing and applying salvation.||The persons of the Trinity work in harmony – salvation is accomplished for and applied to the same persons.|
View of Man
|Fallen, yet has the ability (or potential) to choose the good.||Fallen, and will not come to God by his own will and power.|
|Seeks truth, but lacks correct facts.||Mind at enmity with God. None seek God.|
|Needs love, help, friendship.||Needs a new nature (mind, heart, will) accomplished by regeneration.|
|Makes mistakes, is imperfect, needs forgiveness.||Rebels against God, has a sinful nature, needs reconciliation.|
|Needs salvation from the consequences of sin – unhappiness, hell.||Needs salvation from guilt and power of sin.|
|Humanity is sick and ignorant.||Humanity is dead and lost.|