Jerry Ranking, former president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, once said, “In reality, if missions is everything, then it is nothing.”
Is it possible to apply the same philosophy to source of mission? Can we say of the gospel that “if everything is gospel, then nothing is gospel?
Let’s assume that the message of the Gospel is but a part of all the data that the Bible contains. When Paul said, ” for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” Acts 20:27, he may have been referring to both Gospel and non-Gospel data.
If, for argument sake we acknowledge that the Bible contains the complete written record of all that God wanted to be written for us, then we only have a few choices:
1. All of the Bible’s contents are Gospel
2. The Bible doesn’t contain the Gospel
3. The Bible contains Gospel & “Other Stuff.”
If we can separate out from the pages of the Bible gospel and non-gospel data, then we’d have to acknowledge that the gospel data is for one purpose, and the other stuff has other purposes.
A few questions:
1. In your viewpoint, does the Bible contain both gospel & non-gospel data?
2. If you answered “yes” to the first question, then what is the purpose of “Gospel Data” & “Non-Gospel Data?”
3. If you answered “no” to the first question, explain why.