The message of Jesus is a message of hope and freedom and forgiveness and life and of unending mercy and grace. Any message contrary to this is not the message of Jesus, even if it is presented in a way that sounds religious, rational, or even pious.
The message of Jesus brings freedom that releases us from the grip of sin and the things that tangle up our minds. It’s freedom from religious systems and rule following. Freedom from shame and the burden of guilt.
The message of Jesus is life giving and as such will warm even the coldest of hearts to faith.
In all our conversations about Jesus and the church, we should always remember it’s about life, life and even more life! Anything else, is not Jesus.