The significance of Jesus Christ as Creator, Saviour, and King is so profound that it cannot be overstated. The truths about Christ and His offer of salvation form the core of the gospel message and no person on earth can afford to contemplate his/her life or future without it. There is indeed “no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
It is vitally important that these great truths about the One who Himself is The Truth (John 14:6), should not only be proclaimed to a new generation of lost sinners but also to churches in which the knowledge of the truth has eroded to dangerously low levels. What Paul said to the Corinthians applies to many of the modern-day churches: “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). Through satanic deception, a “historical Jesus” is pursued who falls totally short of the true Christ of the Bible.
The “doctrine of Christ” (2 John v. 9) in all its fullness was the secret of the spiritual fulfilment enjoyed by evangelical Christians throughout the many centuries of church history. It was the central theme of the early apostles’ preaching, and they were more than willing to lay down their lives for Christ, firmly believing in the resurrection of the saints, and expecting eternal life in “the city which has foundations” (Heb. 11:10; cf. John 14:2-3).
Throughout the long period of the Dark Ages, when an unbiblical form of ecclesiastical dominance threatened to silence the biblical message of salvation by faith in Christ, small groups of true believers kept the witness of Jesus Christ alive and continued to spread the Good News.
During revival times in the 18th and 19th centuries, the message of salvation in Christ was proclaimed with great boldness, leading to the repentance of millions of people. Missionaries went out to unreached peoples, and for the first time the Great Commission was fulfilled on a global scale. Sanctification was also preached, giving rise to a movement emphasising holiness. The high standard of faith and practical living maintained by the Puritans was part of this movement.
In the 20th century, however, the true gospel message was gradually displaced by secularism which was introduced by great scientific and technological advances, as well as humanist thinking which paved the way towards globalism, postmodernism, and an interfaith ideology. This new mindset strongly favours a compromising, emergent church, as well as the rise of a universal messiah of all faiths – i.e. the Antichrist, who will rule over the entire world during the period directly preceding the second coming of Christ (2 Thess. 2:8).
Now, more than ever before, the true Christ of the Bible should be exalted in all His excellence as the only solution to a perishing world, and preached anew to carnal believers who are faltering because of a lack of knowledge.