Gospel: all, or nothing.

John Podhoretz has a fine refutation of the attack by the secular media on Sarah Palin’s evangelical faith. He also notes, with proper skepticism, the so-called rise of the “liberal” evangelicals.

By which is meant evangelical Christians who favor left-of-center policies. Or, if you prefer, those who favor the “Social Gospel.” As opposed, it sometimes seems, to the entire Gospel of salvation. But that’s between each believer and our Lord on judgment day. However, those who favor government solutions to private charity may not be condemned because they believe that’s the best way to live the Gospel.

As a Pentecostal, Gov. Palin is, as John P. puts it, a “Yahoo” to the chattering classes:

She believes in the power of prayer! Imagine that! What a Yahoo! What does it matter if prayer and its efficacy stand at the center of all religious practice and belief?

Well said. As for being an evangelical, a clarification is in order. Because of Jesus’ instruction (in Matthew 28:19) to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” all Bible-believing Christians are “evangelicals.” Or should be.

I guess I’m a Yahoo, as well. As for the Gospel, I’ll take it neat and clean, and hope that Jesus’ message of taking care of the least of our brothers does not take the place of knowing him as my Lord and Savior. You see, brothers and sisters, it’s not “either-or.” The Gospel is all, or nothing.

John Podhoretz, a Jew, gets it. Would that some of our liberal evangelical brethren got it as well.


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