Galatians 1:6–9, “is a curse on anyone who distorts the gospel of Christ:”
“6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed”, Galatians 1:6-9
We live in a world with the genuine and the counterfeit, the true and the false, the real and the fake. We have genuine currency (monies) and counterfeit. There are genuine works of art, and then there are frauds. Ask any magician and he will tell you that fooling people is certainly possible as they use optical illusion to illustrate that the hand is quicker than the eye. Therefore it should not be a surprise that there are false gospels in our time that attempt to go against the true gospel. Paul gave a sober warning that anyone that preaches a distorted gospel will be anathema, that is to say accursed. The gospel did not originate with man but with God, therefore who are we as humans to come up with our own version of the gospel? We must under no any circumstances veer off from the gospel that Jesus preached. The opening line of Paul’s warning states vs. “6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.” Turning to other gospels are always for selfish ambition and vain conceit as it puts the word of man above the Word of God. Many in evangelicalism having certainly gone off the beaten path that our Lord paved by His blood, His life and His Word, and have abandon it for a different gospel. This was happening in Paul’s day, hence the reason that he writes, therefore it should be of no surprise that the false gospels still corrode many lives today.
We live in a world that at one time used John 3:16 as the staple verse from the Word of God. Now many use a new verse as the staple verse, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged”, (Matthew 7:1). This is said because many don’t want to call sin for what it is, sin. These same people have not looked to the balance of this verse out of John’s gospel which reads, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a RIGHT JUDGMENT!” When we use the Word of God we can call one that steals a thief, and one that tells lies, a liar. I close part one with a quote from author and Pastor, John McArthur from His book the gospel according to Jesus writes, “The gospel in vogue today holds forth a false hope to sinners. It promises them they can have eternal life yet continue to live in rebellion against God. Indeed, it encourages people to claim Jesus as Savior yet defer until later the commitment to obey him as Lord. It promises salvation from hell but not necessarily freedom from iniquity. It offers false security to people who revel in the sins of the flesh and spurn the way of holiness. By separating faith from faithfulness, it teaches that intellectual assent is as valid as wholehearted obedience to the truth.”
Thus the good news of Christ has given way to the bad news of an insidious easy-believes that makes no moral demands on the lives of sinners. It is not the same message Jesus proclaimed. Is the gospel you believe, what Jesus preached? Is the gospel your pastor preaches, the one that Jesus preached? Examine your Bible, and your belief, do they line up? In the following messages, I will share on some of the different gospels that many are embracing today such as the prosperity gospel, happiness gospel, the emergent gospel, the racist or prejudice gospel, the Mormon gospel, the Jehovah’s Witness gospel, the Muslim gospel and of course the Biblical Gospel (the one Jesus preached). Please, examine the gospel you believe, is it truly the Gospel Jesus proclaimed, died for, and the one many today still die for? If not repent, and believe the gospel, and be transformed by the truth of Christ. Because of the seriousness of this issue, I welcome any responses to the crucial issue facing our lives today. Until the nets are filled, Blessings, Pastor Phil <><
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On Sunday our new pastor preached the “Once Saved Always Saved” heresy. Up until this point everything seemed to be sound teaching. I now have to pray seriously and ask God whether I am to remain at my church or move on.
We believe that if God has truly saved someone, then that person has to trust Him to keep them. Because of the way most of gospel presentations miss the qualities of good soil according to Matthew 13, you have superficial profession of faith that only lasts for a season. Check out my postings on true and false conversions.
My salvation is not based on my keeping but His.