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How does the gospel make for a better society?

The word gospel is literally good news, it is the same word of the angels at our Lord’s birth, “behold I bring you good tidings” (Luke 2:10). It is defined in I Corinthians 15 as that Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead. This message must then be appropriated by each person individually as an act of faith, which is what is meant by believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Upon this action of believing faith, a person becomes born again, which is that the Holy Spirit of God comes into them and seals them up for eternity. This person now has the ability to do what is pleasing to God such as the moral law of the ten commandments and much more. This person is now able to love God and to love his neighbor as himself, so that rather than murder or steal from his neighbor, he will treat him with love and dignity. Many of this kind of people coming together make up the Church. Now we only need to imagine what a society would look like that is made up of a majority of people who love one another and seek what is best for others first. What would happen to crime, violence, murder, and war? What would happen to the family, to the economy, to education, to law and government? Truth and justice would no longer be relative terms but based upon the absolute truth of the Word of God. Therefore, the most effective weapon of our cultural warfare is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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