The Character of Faith
Our fundamental challenge as believers is conceptual. Our interpretation or mis-interpretation of historic principles, experiences and even people influence the nature and dimension of our faith. Since faith comes by hearing, then the quality of our faith depends upon the integrity of the gospel that we hear and believe. In fact, Biblical truths can be neglected and even denied. For example, a gospel that focuses upon individual privileges and promises and neglects to mention individual responsibilities is a partial gospel. A gospel that emphasizes the salvation of the individual and omits the transformation of the world is a deficient gospel. And a gospel that presents an alleged male dominance over women is an inferior gospel. In essence, the character of our faith depends upon the integrity of the gospel we hear and believe.