The resurrection is not an additional achievement to the work of Christ, it is an elemental transaction that happened, the climactic conclusion to the redemptive work that sealed our justification. Not only did he take our sins upon the cross, but he absolved our guilt in his resurrection. We are redeemed because Jesus defeated death.
we’re saying that the historical Gospel as it has always been understood, as it is taught in Scripture, is not the Gospel that is popularly preached in our circles anymore. How can we then, in good conscience, assume that all who call themselves Christian today understand or know what the Gospel message is?
If we understand that the Bible is important and beneficial and true, why do its verses fail to embed themselves in our memory? Or worse yet, why does it slip some of our minds to even read the Bible at all on certain "busy" days?
Whenever we compromise the Gospel, it is because we are ashamed of it, because we do not know its power. The value and power we see in this Gospel that saves, is directly reflected by how clearly we understand what we are saved from.