“The gospel is most clear in the world when a man and a woman come together in the one-flesh union of marriage and unite their lives with one another in a picture of Christ’s love for his church.”
“Let us defend sexual complementarity with God’s word. Let’s defend sexual complementarity with our lives and our marriages … and let’s do this for the sake of the gospel in the world.”
Intriguing. I’ve never heard someone say the ability to present the gospel clearly depends on where one stands on the complementarian/egalitarian issue.
Let’s assume that Mr. Platt’s complementarian doctrine is correct and egalitarians are wrong, though. Would that justify Mr. Platt’s insistence that the gospel’s clarity depends on people living out complementarian doctrine through their marriages?
As Dee over at The Wartburg Watch put it, no one sees a marriage and thinks, “Gee, now I get the gospel. Fred and Mabel are perfect examples. Mabel submits like Christ and Fred rules like the Father. Yep-now it all makes sense.”
Mr. Platt’s position makes no sense because preaching a clear gospel message does not depend on getting the comp/egal debate right.
Preaching The Gospel Clearly
What does it take to preach the gospel clearly? That’s easy. The Bible clearly tells us the gospel message is:
- to preach Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23),
- to proclaim the Savior who conquered death and sin and rose from the grave (2 Timothy 2:8),
- to point to the God who seated us with him in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6).
Paul started his letter to the Galatians with a succinct statement of that gospel:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5.)
There’s gospel clarity for you. It’s God’s grace and peace to us. It’s Jesus giving himself for our sins, rescuing us from evil. It’s fulfilling God’s will, and doing it all for his glory. If you want to preach the gospel clearly, you can start with that passage and never once mention marriage relationships.
I think Mr. Platt knows this. I think he just let his desire to promote complementarian doctrine overcome his ability to present the gospel clearly.
The gospel is not about marriage, after all.
The gospel is about Jesus.