Whenever someone says they are preaching the Gospel you might as well ask, “Which one?” or when someone claims to know Jesus, ask “Do you mean Jesus Christ?” or when they say, “The Spirit spoke to me….” – “Do you mean Holy?”
“I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that. I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” Paraphrased from Paul, the Apostle.
A Jesus that doesn’t want you to repent? The Jesus in the Bible seems to be constantly asking people to repent. A Jesus that doesn’t talk about sin? A Jesus that never preached the Gospel? A Jesus that was a law preacher?
A Jesus that says you no longer have to ask for the forgiveness of sins? Well, the Jesus in the Bible told his disciples when you pray, say “and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matt 6:12 He told them to pray for their “Daily Bread” and hence to daily ask for forgiveness.
It is interesting that the Apostles wrote the New Testament many years after Jesus’ death and chose to include all of Jesus’ instructions as letters to the Church.
Sin and forgiveness are some of the biggest issues that the Church must be concerned with.
It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ Luke 24:47 God wants no one to perish but that all should come to repentance and receive the forgiveness of sins.
Jesus said, “If any man comes after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Matt 16:24. Are you any man?
The Jesus in the Bible spoke of sin, told people to repent, spoke of Hell and a judgement to come. Yet there are some who claim that Jesus’ words were not for us but rather for the Jewish people under the law.
The Holy Spirit is Holy. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement – “And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” John 16:8
We now have a Holy Spirit that doesn’t want to make you sin conscious, that doesn’t point out sin in a believer’s life. The Holy Spirit in Acts was saying, “Don’t commit fornication and eat food offered to idols.” False preachers claim that Paul was contradicting the Holy Spirit by saying eating food offered to idols was cool. No, Paul never said that. Paul spoke of blessing and eating and about believing that when you eat you are eating unto to God.
Jesus said, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” We now have a “spirit” that cannot remind us of what of Jesus said, because Jesus was a law preacher. A law preacher is a minister of death and a minister of condemnation according to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3, that’s not my Jesus.
Here is what the truth sounds like:
Hey, if you sin, you are doing wrong, all the good works you are doing won’t make you righteous, God will judge you. So you should turn from you sins, trust in God’s righteousness and you will have boldness in the day of Judgement. This is proper preaching.
The Gospel is the message of God’s grace.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.” Galatians 1:6
There are those to whom Jesus never preached the Gospel since in their eyes He was a law preacher.
A false gospel is one that makes people trust in their own works to be saved. Yet there are others who will preach the Gospel of “Grace” and yet twist the meaning of the word “Grace” to mean acceptance of sin or a license to sin.
Nothing that we do can save us, it is only by believing in the Finished Work of Jesus that we are saved. Faith in the grace of God will always result in good works empowered by the life of Christ.
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14
Now I ask you which Jesus, which Spirit and which Gospel have you believed?