In the following video, Dallas is interviewed by John Ortberg. They discuss what Dallas believes to be the biggest problem in the church today: the central message is wrong! I couldn’t agree more. The message of “repent and eventually someday you know that when you die you will go to a non-physical place of bliss called heaven” is so far removed from the Gospels, yet it is central in our evangelical communities. Dallas critiques this view and says that the gospel isn’t about ‘getting into heaven after you die’ but rather its about “getting into heaven before you die!” That is, well, beautiful.
Take a few minutes and watch this brief interview clip from Catalyst West Coast this last year. What are your thoughts about the central message of the church? Do you agree with Dallas Willard? If so, what are the ramifications for the kind of shift he advocates?