The lifeboat gospel is the idea that salvation is all about avoiding hell and gaining heaven. The problem with this gospel is that it has sidelined entire generations of believers by telling them the earth is nothing more than a waiting room for eternity. Afraid of being left behind, Christians with a lifeboat mentality have opted out of the game. They want nothing to do with this filthy world lest they end up entangled in it. “Forget the arts, forget politics, forget science. This world is destined for the fire anyway, so why bother.”
Lifeboat Christians are hands-off Christians. Yet their passivity, which is really unbelief, means they regularly get steam¬rolled by the circumstances of life. When this happens it only confirms their belief that “the ship is sinking—you’d best get off.” …
As you grow in the confidence that he who saves you also keeps you, you will leave the dubious comfort of the lifeboat and return to the Titanic where you will bring the good news of salvation to others. You will lay hands on the sick and they will be healed. You will proclaim freedom to the captives and they will be freed. You will find that supernatural signs and wonders follow this good news wherever it goes.
The Gospel in Ten Words, KingsPress, 2012, 51,55.