The Foolishness of the Gospel

By   •   January 20, 2011

The plan of redemption unfolded as Almighty God sent His Son to earth on a mission to die, to “give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45, NIV). And not simply to die, but to die on a cross in punishment for our sins so that we might be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.

To many, that sounds like nonsense. But the Bible says, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

I preach a simple Gospel, a message that some say is not sophisticated enough for today’s world. They wonder how the actions of a Man who lived 2,000 years ago could have any impact on their life today.

The truth of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection appears as foolishness to them. But for those who believe—those who freely admit they are sinners in need of a Savior—the Gospel is “the power of God for … salvation” (Romans 1:16). It’s that simple.

For more than 60 years, our calling at BGEA has been to “preach the Gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17). Wherever I go, whether to a modern city in Europe or Asia, or a rural village in Africa or South America, I always proclaim Jesus Christ as “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

When the Gospel is preached, it has power. The power is not in the preacher or because of the persuasive eloquence of his message, but rather that “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21).

There is only one thing powerful enough to transform hearts and lives from the inside out and to deliver us from the penalty and power of sin—it is the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus described the process in radical terms: “You must be born again” (John 3:7, NKJV). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV).

That’s the message our self-centered world desperately needs to hear.

Our mission at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is to proclaim the life-changing power of the Gospel everywhere we can and in every way we can.

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  1. Lisajean says:

    I love this. It was such a good and powerful read!!!

  2. wale says:

    Thé gospel of Christ is indeed thé power of God unto salvation. It has brought renewal into my life. It is all thé grâce of God.

  3. wale says:

    I believe those who do not accept this plan of salvation for mankind are under great delusion, from which they need to be delivered.

  4. Helen says:

    I was saved at a Billy Graham event many years ago, but I foolishly strayed and turned my back on God. Many years passed, but nothing filled the void in my heart. I have repented and now feel such joy in my Lord, Jesus Christ! Praise God forever!

  5. Annie says:

    Bible declares God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Thank You Jesus You have chosen me because I'm one of them. The first English book I read was the Holy Bible. I'm saying this not for my boldness but for Your glory!

  6. Andrea E says:

    Dear Broken Hearted Mom… Keep the faith. Your Father in Heaven adores you and He is faithful. Believe Him for this verse and He will someday restore them. All things work together for the good of those that love Him and keep His commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments. Andrea E