Are you being fair? I don't believe Mitch is condemning you for preaching THE gospel but rather that you have been preaching YOUR gospel. His contention, I think, is that these are not the same. If your conversation focused on the Christian gospel of the healthy and loving potential relationship that can exist between human beings and God as children and Father via Christ Jesus rather than the idols that we humans so often like to portray as God to satisfy our own desires, then I don't think he would be challenging you. Or at least, you'd be able to see where the sticking points are between the two of you. But he hasn't given up on you so relax, Tony, and try to see it from his perspective. I wouldn't blame you if you felt overwhelmed at times as you attract a wide variety of comments from a number of forum participants.
Yes, I don't feel overwhelmed with Atheists, because they are in general very adept and stating their views and defending them with some coherence. Mitch is frustrating because he claims to be a Christian, yet he doesn't believe the things that Christians believe and then goes on to condemn anyone who is judgmental in his own eyes. Self refuting....
The Christian viewpoint, taught in the bible and believed for centuries is that man is sinful, fallen and apart from God, doomed to death with a fair judgment for individual transgressions. But that God loves people and wants to fix the relationship. However, because God is perfectly perfect, this fairness and this love is a logical and real predicament. So, Jesus, as God, condescended to suffer and die, never having sinned and taking on the judgment upon his innocent self, proving his love and making a righteous way to enter into the perfect relationship with God through trust in his work.
The old testament was a shadow of things to come in reality, the blood on the doorpost, the lifting up of the staff in the wilderness, the judgment of the nations by the hand of God through the Jews. The remnant will be saved by faith in Jesus. But only those that desire to be close to God will see this deal God is making and run to it. Those that want independence will stay independent.
Most will die in their sins and some will trust the work and person of Jesus. There is a coming judgment where the meek and mild Jesus will judge the sins of the persons and nations and give grace to all who trusted in Him and were not ashamed of his name.
The liberal church has a gospel that is referred to in the bible as false. It is the gospel that men, deep down are good and all we need is for men to get together to make heaven on earth and if enough people come together with "tolerance" (defined as agreeing that nobody is wrong except those who claim to be right), we will sing kumbya and we will usher in a perfect society. This is not biblical and is what is meant by the false teachers in the later days. We Christians are a preserving component to society keeping the world from early judgment and a force for ethics and morals, but that is different than the latter day liberal so called Christians who distort the word of God to their own destruction.
There is an eternal transformation that occurs when someone "sees the light", and encounters God through Jesus. This is the message of the gospel, the reference to this in the verses that I gave him. Now, of course this could all be wrong, but it is Christianity, it is what is taught in the bible and is what the church believes. Mitch is preaching some other world view so as an ambassador for Jesus I am just pointing that out so as to keep others from thinking it is Christian. I would like to see you and Mitch and all who read this to change their mind and come to God through Jesus, but that is not up to me, that is up to God. My job is to preach the gospel and to give a reason for the hope that is within me. I have been patient, gentle and respectful given the personal attacks and given the definition from tradition. (An argument is not an attack on a person as is sometimes interpreted here).
If or anyone wants to call it "My" gospel, than I accept that. But it is the same gospel of Paul, Jesus, Peter, and the church for thousands of years.... If mitch has some new, private, special revelation, that is his gospel, good luck with that....