“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
The phony gospel is a regular topic around these parts: the apostate churches, so-called ‘Christian’ websites, ministries, and ungodly ‘men of God‘ refuse to preach the gospel.
Instead they offer substitutes which SOUND good.
Until closer inspection.
Oh, they TALK about the gospel: they just never actually share the gospel.
And they WILL NOT: they flatly refuse.
- Because the churches are in open rebellion against the God whom they pretend to serve.
- Because the churches serve other gods (idols) and worship another Jesus. These idols have replaced the worship of God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ.
- Because they are not holy, but have only a form of godliness.
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
—2 Timothy 3:5
- Because the churches are no longer Christian.
The churches are now the property of the tares: they have a thin shell which looks good to outsiders–but they are rotten inside.
Jesus described this very condition to another group of religious counterfeits: the scribes and Pharisees.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”
SERVING OTHER GODS
Idolatry is a particular problem of the end times. Though it is no excuse, it appears few recognize idolatry for what it is.
The churches themselves have become idols: social clubs for those who value appearances. Given a choice between Jesus and their church, the vast majority of modern men and women will cling to their church. Modern men and women are deceived about being right with God because they “go to church;” deceived that their church has the power to save.
One particular church even flatly declares that no one can be saved unless they are a member of that church. SO, for members of that church, Jesus is NOT the only way, their church is the only way.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
[NOTE: Since there has been much bad publicity which has resulted from the public questioning this doctrine [which is a clear contradiction of Scripture], the church has basically said “This does not mean what it clearly says.”
However, this doctrine is STILL part of that church’s official teachings [as it has been for centuries]. There has never been any attempt to change the doctrine, only attempts to convince people it doesn’t mean what it clearly says.]
Also, as a former member of that particular church, this writer can affirm that doctrine is indeed taught as it is written. And this has been testified to by various public pronouncements of the popes over the years.)
Regardless of the consequences, men will cling to the idols they have erected: deceived that their idols have the power to save.
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:”
There is no greater proof of idolatry than the preaching of other gospels.
Preaching the good news of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is a commandment from Jesus Himself.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Preaching the other gospels serve other gods.
Here’s an example from an article we read last weekend.
Every single teacher or leader in Christ needs to preach the Gospel message. This message says: believe that Jesus is who he said he is, repent, accept his mercy as a free gift, forgive everyone, obey the commands of Jesus and the Apostles, love, exercise self control, and be holy –for without holiness no one can see God. Every message that is not centered on scripture and the clear message contained therein must be ignored.
Of course, this is NOT the gospel message.
But it sounds good.
Which is the whole idea: the gospel of Jesus Christ is how men come to salvation.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved,”
—1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Satan and his deceitful workers DO NOT want ANYONE saved.
So they offer sound-good, powerless other gospels which have NO power to save.
There are a variety of counterfeit OTHER GOSPELS offered to the lost by the tares:
- The ABC’s of Salvation
- The Sinner’s Prayer/Prayer of Salvation
- Altar calls
- Roman Road to Salvation
- John 3:16
- Ask Jesus to come into your heart
- Romans 10:9-10 as a salvation message
- Accept Jesus into your Life
NOW, nothing is wrong with ANY of the above: they are all nice thoughts. Several are explanations of salvation.
BUT, they are NOT the gospel of Jesus Christ. NONE have the power to save.
When offered in place of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they become other gospels. Other gospels are a clever snare from the dragon (Satan).
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the “power of God unto salvation.” But the churches are apostate and have no interest in saving souls or God’s wisdom because they are wicked and foolish.
“A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes”
“He that winneth souls is wise”
Yes, the gospel of Jesus Christ is certainly “the power of God unto salvation.”
Use that power.
If not for yourself, then, for your loved ones.
“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Parts of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 9, 2015.]
- Counterfeit Churches: Do Not Know the Gospel, Can’t Preach It
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- Other Gospels: A Form of Godliness, No Power
- Turning Discipleship into Another Gospel
- The End Times Church of the Tares
- Satan Has Counterfeited the Christian Church
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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