Imbalanced preaching emphasizes your Depravity more than your Deliverance. It highlights your Vileness and scarcely references your Victory. Such preachers pound your Rottenness without mentioning you have Christ’s Righteousness. They hammer you from Mount Sinai, but seldom encourage you with the glory of Mount Calvary. They will load you down with Guilt instead of freeing you up by Grace. Constantly reminding you of “what you lack”, they fail to reassure you of “what you have” and “who you ARE” in Christ.
Gospel preaching begins with the Ruin of Sin. People must sense they are lost before they can be found. Conviction precedes conversion. Once the need of forgiveness is established, then the good news of Redemption through Christ is boldly proclaimed.
The New Testament refers to believers as Saints and new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). This is not just positional truth—it is ACTUAL truth. Yes, the fleshly nature is still a factor, but it has been crucified with Christ (rendered inoperative) (Romans 6:6). Further, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Gal. 6:24). The “flesh” is still in you, but you are not in the flesh. You are in the Spirit! Romans 8:9 says, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.”
Child of God, you are totally forgiven! You have all you need in Christ to overcome. The “whole Gospel” is what men require to be made WHOLE. The Gospel is not good news until we get to the far side of the Cross.