Getting the Gospel Right

A Book-In-Progress

Why I’m Writing This Book

A little more than a decade ago, a popular author and leading pastor said the following: “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet…” Of course, as one might expect, there were choruses of loud “Amens” from some quarters and those of vigorous disagreement from others. It was with no small amount of personal vigor that I found myself in agreement with his sentiment. This website (and a book in progress, Getting the Gospel Right, An Accurate Understanding is Everything!) will tell you why.

The gospel is purported to be a message of “Good News” communicated to the world some two thousand years ago. It came via a man who validated His identity as the Son of God by rising from the dead. The story of this Man, His message, and His life has been preserved for us in the book we call the Bible. It is the primary source for any and every faith perspective regarding this “Good News” and its faith outgrowth, Christianity. The wisdom the Bible contains is essential to any discussion if one hopes to find and understand the true reason that God sent His Son into the world.

There is only one possession I have that means more to me than my Bible, and that is the spiritual presence of its Author in my life.

the Bible hangs by a thread

The difficulty in today’s world is that the credibility of the Bible hangs by a thread, if at all. In his book Letter to a Christian Nation, noted atheist/author Sam Harris suggested that it is long past time to “admit that the Bible is merely a collection of imperfect books written by highly fallible human beings.” And similarly, in his book god is not Great, fellow atheist/author (the late) Christopher Hitchens wrote, “the case for biblical consistency or authenticity or ‘inspiration’ has been in tatters for some time, and the rents and tears only become more obvious with better research, and thus no ‘revelation’ can be derived from that quarter.”  

While I understand their perspective, I don’t share it. I have been on my own Christian faith-life journey for over 48 years. There is only one possession I have that means more to me than my Bible, and that is the spiritual presence of its Author in my life. I have been taught to embrace the words on the pages of the Bible as the spiritual words that represent the spiritual thoughts that emanate from the mind of the only One any of us are to call “Teacher” (see 1 Cor. 2:12–16; also Matt. 23:8). The Bible tells us that the Son of God brought understanding into the world (see 1 John 5:20) and that by abiding (remaining) in the Bible (His word), we would know the truth of that understanding and that such an understanding would make us free (see John 8:31–32).

 I am convinced that the true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, the true knowledge of Christ Himself, has been replaced in many churches with a doctrine designed to tickle the ear; it is a doctrine that has prevented people from knowing the truth as God intended it to be known and understood. Therefore, I am certain that what I am writing will challenge the current core beliefs of many. Such a challenge is meant to bring clarity and, in light of what is at stake, it may be a good thing for those beliefs to be challenged.

 I am convinced that the true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, the true knowledge of Christ Himself, has been replaced in many churches with a doctrine designed to tickle the ear; it is a doctrine that has prevented people from knowing the truth as God intended it to be known and understood. Therefore, I am certain that what I am writing will challenge the current core beliefs of many. Such a challenge is meant to bring clarity and, in light of what is at stake, it may be a good thing for those beliefs to be challenged.

Given a limited number of words to capture the essence of Maurie, I would say that most notably he is a man of principle. While he certainly meets all the standard definitions of being principled, to me a more specific definition refers to the Biblical principles that guide his life. The Word is Maurie’s direct access to God (as it is for all of us) but the strength and degree of Maurie’s connection to the Word set him apart. It is so clearly foundational to his relationship with God and family and friends as it is to the Spirit-led life that he is called to as a follower and emulator of Christ. Guided by David’s words in Psalm 119, Maurie too has hidden the Word in his heart as a means of leading a life that is pleasing to God. From Jesus’ perspective, Maurie is the wise man who has built his house on the rock. We would all do well to emulate his example. 

There are those of us who are fortunate enough to have had someone to guide us on our faith journey. I’m not talking about someone who has shared the ride with us, but truly someone who has played a significant role in leading us to a destination. Not just any destination, but truly the destination we were seeking. I am blessed to have had  Maurie play that role in my life.

—Troy Peterson, CEO of Hoffman York, Inc.

Rediscovering The Bible

The Bible says that “understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it” (Prov. 16:22). This website has been established to bring to light understandings that have been lost to the church and the world for a very long time. They need to be rediscovered. Toward that end, there is nothing more important to an accurate understanding of the gospel than an accurate understanding of its frequently used terms and phrases. Here is just a partial listing of what you’ll be able to consider herein:

  • the difference between “having faith” and “living by faith”; 
  • the difference between “full and exact” knowledge and “partial” knowledge;
  • the message and reality of two salvations as opposed to one;
  •  the experience of “here and now” eternal life vs. one that can be realized only as a judgment day reward;
  • a recognition of what it means to be in possession of the “mind of Christ”;
  • an understanding of the only two spiritual conditions in which human beings exist: unregenerate and regenerate;
  • a vivid picture of what it means to have the Lord “driving your spiritual car”;
  • an accurate understanding of the word “obligation” and to whom it applies;
  • an understanding of the “here and now” two-fold objective of the gospel and how that objective can be achieved; 
  • and, most of all, a recognition of the only One any of us are to call “Teacher.”

“understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it”

—Prov. 16:22

A True Understanding of the Bible Offers Us Hope

There is no internet search regarding the state of Christianity in America today that will suggest it is robustly healthy. Rather, the following is more commonly found: “Christianity is on the decline, Americans have given up on God, and the “Nones”—those who have no religious ties—are on the rise.” This website has not been created to further those charges. Rather, it has been created as a means of offering the only true hope for this malady: an accurate understanding of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the only thing that makes possible a manner of living that can be a constant reflection of the life we Christians have been empowered (but are generally failing) to emulate. Thank you for exploring. I hope you continue your visit!

My goal is to offer an accurate understanding of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Maurie has been a dear friend who lives his faith in all aspects of his life. He doesn’t just knock on the door, he blows the door through and off its hinges. He doesn’t just seek, he pursues, he hunts and tramples anything in the way. All while maintaining a servant’s attitude. He is stubborn beyond measure as he dissects the TRUTH as revealed through God’s word. He’s my brother in Christ and I love him.    

—David Keddie, AGT, HealthMarkets Insurance

ABOUT MAURIE DAIGNEAU 

Maurie Daigneau is many things: a Christian, a husband, a father, a theologian, an entrepreneur, a former athlete, coach, and mentor. As a young man, he was the quarterback and co-captain of Northwestern University’s football team, earning First Team All-Big-10 honors his senior year in 1971. He then went on to have a long and successful career as an entrepreneur, founding and running the pioneering athletic footwear company, Playmakers, Inc., and the national telecommunications firm, Affinity Corporation.

Along the way, Daigneau has lived an active life of faith. He earned an M.S. in Theological Studies from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was the Wisconsin state director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also been a consistent speaker and presenter at a variety of conferences, retreats, and events. Perhaps the greatest ongoing source of his faith is the weekly men’s Bible study group that he has led and been a participant in for over 30 years.

He is the father of 5 and grandfather of 13. He lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with his wife of 47 years.

Speaking Opportunities

Maurie is currently available for speaking engagements (keynotes, seminars, workshops, panels) as well as media engagements. Please contact for inquiries and further information. 

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