Gospel scalping, also known evangelism, is the time-honored practice of co-opting the gospel and requiring more for it than you were were willing to give.
Actually, not all evangelism is like that, but you get the drift. Christians are hung on using the gospel to “get people in.” They’re lousy at using the gospel to keep people in. Proclaiming the gospel, it is thought, is to “get people into heaven,” or “get people saved.” Then, discipleship takes over. Or does it? Here’s what Tullian Tchividjian said in his book “Jesus + Nothing = Everything.”
“The gospel is good news—wonderful, positive, invigorating, wholesome, nurturing news—precisely because our relationship to God does not depend on our zeal, our efforts, and our generosity, but on Christ’s. That’s what makes the gospel such good news. And it’s not just good news about how we “get in” initially; it’s good news that we go back to every day because we are prone to wander into narcissism (how am I doing? what else do I need to do?). The gospel keeps us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. So, the gospel doesn’t just justify us; the truth of the gospel sanctifies us and develops us and matures us.”*
So, let’s stop scalping the gospel and understand it’s something:
We can’t buy.
We shouldn’t be rebranding.
That doesn’t end with getting saved.
We don’t get to raise the price on.
And, it’s good news.
Ticket scalpers are shady characters. Gospel Scalpers are, well…
A few questions:
1. What ways have you seen The Gospel Scalped?
2. Does evangelism stop when a person receives Christ? Should it?
3. What should the cost of receiving the gospel be?
*Tullian Tchividjian (2011-10-03). Jesus + Nothing = Everything (p. 140). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.