The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 15 – ‘Gospel culture’ vs ‘salvation culture’

If you ask anyone from that 74 percent of Americans who say they have made a commitment to Jesus Christ what the Christian gospel is, you will probably be told that Jesus died to pay for our sins, and that if we will only believe he did this, we will go to heaven when we die. And he continues: In this way what is only one theory of the “atonement” is made out to be the whole of the essential message of Jesus [the gospel]. What does it mean in this setup to “believe”? But for some time now the belief required to be saved has increasingly been regarded as a totally private act, “just between you and the Lord.” Only the “scanner” would know. (p. 75)

From the enhancement of a gospel culture with a profound emphasis on salvation we have now arrived at the ability for a person to be able to say he or she has had the right experience. And that experience far too often is nothing more than “I’m a sinner; Jesus, take my place.” A gospel culture will have none of it, nor will a proper sense of salvation. I leave the last words here for Willard: What must be emphasized in all of this is the difference between trusting Christ, the real person Jesus, with all that that naturally involves, versus trusting some arrangement for sin-remission set up through him — trusting only his role as guilt remover. (p. 75)

“Gospels of Sin Management” presume a Christ with no serious work other than redeeming humankind … [and] they foster “vampire Christians,” who only want a little blood for their sins but nothing more to do with Jesus until heaven. (p. 76)

…what happened is the apostolic gospel culture was reframed in such a way and so successfully, largely as a result of the powerful evangelistic culture of evangelicalism in American revivalism and then later in America’s culture war between fundamentalists and modernists, that today we are losing contact with the gospel culture. We need to regain contact with the gospel culture in a way that we do not lose the salvation culture, but to do that we have to begin at the beginning one more time.

Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011)


I am not sure I will continue posting here these quotes. It seems quite obvious that the level of interest for them is quite low, and, because of my busy schedule, I really do not have time to do things things of little value.

I am sure those who became interested might look for the book to read in its entirety..

If anyone is interested, they could leave me a note here, with an email address, and I could send them the rest of the quotes I have, of course, without any comments. God bless.


Author: DanutM

PhD in theology Director for Faith & Development Middle East & Eastern Europe Region World Vision International

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