Several years ago, I received an email from someone spouting off something or rather, trying to be negative about the Church. I can’t remember what it was exactly he said, but it was along the lines of the-church-is-a-cult-and-joe-smith-is-a-paedophile type of email. Anyhow, we wrote back and forth a few times, and at one point, he brought up how we use the term ‘gospel’ incorrectly. He used 1 Cor. 15:1–l4 to point out that the term ‘gospel’ referred to Jesus’ dying, being buried and being resurrected.
It must have stuck with me because last night during companionship scripture study, I came across another scripture that seems to indicate the definition of ‘gospel’ is a bit more expansive.
And this is my gospel?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùrepentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom. (D&C 39:6)
So if the definition of ‘gospel’ extends to more than just the death, burial and resurrection of the Christ, perhaps that explains why we as members have gone so far to expand its definition to be synonymous with ‘the Church’.