November 2, 2016

Perverting the gospel

Jesus said that perversion of the gospel would happen.

It's happening.

Would you know it if you heard it?

The only way to understand perversion of one thing is to know the truth of it first.

Do you know the true gospel?

Paul said in Galatians 1:8 that if he, or the other apostles, or even an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, then let them be cursed by God.

What was the gospel that Paul preached?

Do you know what it was, and is the gospel that he preached the same one that you hear on Sundays?

In Romans 1, Paul says that through the power of the resurrection, we receive grace, for obedience.

The gospel message is that grace is applied to a soul, and that soul is obedient.

Verse 9 tells us that Paul was obedient to pray without ceasing.

Verse 16 tells us that the gospel is the power of God for salvation.

Salvation from what?


Verse 17 tells us that the truly righteous live by faith— only by faith, which means that they fear not.

Verse 18 tells us that the gospel message includes the fact that the wrath of God is against ungodliness, and unrighteousness.

Do you sin?

That is ungodly, and unrighteous.

If you still sin, then the wrath of God is on you (Colossians 3:6).

If you say otherwise, then verse 18 says that you suppress the truth of the true gospel.

Verse 20 says everyone is without excuse.

Verse 21-22 tell us that you can say that there is a God but have a heart far from him, and the evidence of a heart that is far from God is that you are not thankful (do you complain?), and that you do not honor him (do you sin?), and that your thinking is futile (yet you think you are wise), and that you have a foolish dark heart (even though you go to church, and read devotional books).

Verse 23 tells us that those who claim to know God, but still sin, have exchanged the glory of God (sinlessness) for other things that you will worship, yet not call it that, such as high acclaim for "spiritual" people, and you'll worship creation (longing for vacations to sit on the water, or listen to the ocean, and admire the wonders of the world), rather than worship the creator (exclusively).

Thou shalt worship God, and him only shalt thou serve (Luke 4:8).

Verse 24-25 says that those who do not believe the true gospel get to choose that if they wish, and in doing so, then they worship the created (Beth Moore, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, John Piper, and insert the name of your pastor here, and your most recent favorite Bible teacher, your child, your husband, a best friend forever, and you get the picture).

In doing so, verse 25 tells us that you will have exchanged the truth of the gospel for a lie.

Thinking more highly of anyone, or anything, than the gospel is idolatry.

Verse 28 tells us we must acknowledge God alone, or we proceed in life with a debased mind.

Those, with a debased mind, sin (verse 29-31).

And while you are sinning, you give approval to others who sin (verse 32).

You'll say, "It's okay. Everyone sins." Your pastor will say the same thing. Your favorite spiritual teacher will too. They might not say, "It's okay," but they will say, "Everyone sins."

You'll even comfort those who confess, "I still sin!" yet your two-year-old just might get spanked for their disobedience. If sin is okay, then don't spank your child. And tell Josh Duggar that it is okay what he did, and tell Billy Graham that if he is caught in a lie, well, it's just no big deal.

Heck...everyone sins!

Only sinners sin.

If you are still a sinner, then you need a Savior.

You are still on the wide road wandering in and out of sin, but still sinning all the time.

"Repent," Jesus says (Matthew 4:17).

You deny the power of the resurrection if you claim salvation and still sin.

Why the need for Jesus dying, and being raised?

What was the point of that?

If you cannot answer those questions, then you do not know the true gospel.

If your pastor cannot answer those questions, neither does he.

If we can go on sinning after redemption, then everyone, who says that Jesus was the Christ, is saved.

Do you not see the folly of saying, "I believe Jesus is the Messiah, and therefore I am saved,"?

The demons know Jesus was the Messiah.

Bottom line is this: Do you know what a perverted gospel sounds like?

If not, then you are being deceived.

If not, then you do not know the difference between truth and a lie.

There is ONE way to walk when it comes to the gospel.

It does not include sinning.

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