“Preach the gospel; if necessary use words” is like saying “Tell me your phone number; if necessary use digits.”
So says J. D Grear, and he’s absolutely right. The Gospel does not and cannot exist without words. Of course, there’s more to the Gospel than simply preaching, there needs to be a life and lifestyle that is compatible with it, and commending of it. But the Gospel cannot be communicated without words, ever. The Cross is not simply an event or action. It is an explained event, explained by the apostles in the New Testament, and by our Lord himself as he hung on it. No words, no Gospel.
HT. Justin Taylor