Like that cartoon do ya? Maybe not. Ok. The point at hand was to illustrate, visually, a false dichotomy. The reason being that a similar un-biblical distinction exists in many of our churches today. Why must one church seek after good theology and another to feed the poor? Doesn’t good theology get us out of our seats to do the very things that Christ himself did, in his strength and by his grace?
The gospel is not and has nothing to do with our actions or merit in the most primary and ultimate sense. True. However, if one is saved, actions, the same actions of Christ to a lesser extent, WILL be evident. Surely we will go through hard times, low valleys, dark rooms, but the normal Christian life is not just one of hearing the gospel but doing the gospel as well. I understand that many folks want to draw clear lines between hear and do. This is necessary for the sake of theology. What Jesus did and does we have no part in. We are dead and he alone makes us alive. Therefore, in the a-temporal or infinite sense (ultimate) the gospel is void of our work, intellectual or physical. BUT, since we are not infinite by necessary character and nature, the quickening of our hearts, the result of God-produced faith, must well up in us a desire for his kingdom.
For all who call themselves Christians, there cannot be a false divide, on a finite temporal plane, between believing the gospel by faith through hearing, and believing the gospel by faith through doing. Our works do not save us, but if saved, the physio-temporal kindom work of Christ is sure to follow. In-bred hyper theological gospel intellectual assent? NO. Social gospel? NO. A humble trust in the total gospel work of Christ, both in our immediate salvation and in the outworking of that miracle in space and in time. YES.