1. Liberalism always starts with evangelism.
Now this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t evangelize. We discussed how once you begin to cut the offensive parts or find ways to contextualize that subtly shift a part of the gospel message that one may be quickly on the road to rationalizing the content of the message.
2. Good contextualization always makes the offense of the gospel clearer.
This flows from the first lesson. We need to contextualize to the people we seek to reach. But we should contextualize so that they understand clearly the glory of God in the gospel which in some ways will be attractive to the hearer and in some major ways be offensive to the hearer. At the end of the day, to “successfully” (read: “faithfully”) contextualize you need to clearly communicate the whole gospel message to the hearer.
3. Tell the prospective members in a membership class that if they remove from this church to a church that does not preach the gospel that they will be excommunicated and their resignation will not be received.
This comes in the discussion of what to do with members who leave and are not faithful to keeping their covenant of joining a like-minded church. If we know that the church they transfer to is dangerous to their soul because they do not preach the gospel, the pastors and church are still responsible to care for this member. We will give an account to God.