HAVE YOU RECEIVED A DIFFERENT GOSPEL?
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6,7
You're not feeling well so you go to your doctor and he examines you and runs some tests and finds out that you have terminal cancer! Not wanting to offend you or make you fearful he tells you that you are fine and gives you a placebo and the cancer ends up killing you!
So it is today in the seeker friendly, consumer driven churches of accommodation! They don't want to confront your sin or offend you, instead they accommodate you by making you comfortable in your sinful lifestyle, not wanting you to leave and you end up dying in your sins and go to Hell! Just like the doctor who lied to you about your terminal disease, the preachers of today have given out a perverted gospel in order to build their mega-churches by not telling you about your terminal disease of sin!
Millions attend these flesh pleasing assemblies every Sunday to hear a sugar coated, watered down and polluted version of a man-pleasing accommodating gospel with absolutely no power to convict the sinner! Young smart CEO's of deception lie to the masses, never wanting them to know the truth of the true gospel of Jesus Christ that is able to save their souls, many of them not knowing the truth themselves!
But even if we, or an angel (angel of light) from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 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 1:8,9
THE GOSPEL OFFENDS SINNERS
John the baptist went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Luke 3:3
John the baptist would never have fit in any of our Western church services, the dress code would have kept him out, not to mention the offensive gospel he preached! As he baptized those who were convicted of their sins, multitudes were coming to be baptized because baptism to the Jew was a ceremonial washing and like today it had become a dead ritual.
In the modern day assembly baptism is no more than joining the church or just a sign of ones faith, although there is no repentance and no new birth. I have witnessed baptisms where afterward the pastor would invite anyone who would like to be baptized to come without conviction or desperation and get dunked, coming up with little more than washing the dirt off of them. John told those coming that they were a brood of snakes and to bring forth fruits worthy of repentance!
The people cried out, "What shall we do?" John preceded to explain repentance to them and told them that the ax was laid to the trees that did not bear fruit and would be cut down and thrown into Hell. Baptism does not save us, it is our death, burial and resurrection from the old sinful life raised as new creations in Christ!
I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Luke 3:16
ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind on earthly things. Philippians 3:18,19
The cross is a cruel instrument of death used by the Romans to inflict great suffering, sometimes keeping people alive for days in pain and agony until they died a horrible death. The cross accomplished its mission by killing everyone nailed to it, even the Lord Jesus, although He laid down His life for us.
The cross is an offensive component of the gospel that we don't hear much about today because the preachers are preaching prosperity and success and not self denial and obedience! The cross is the symbol of Christianity worn around the necks of millions, even becoming fashionable to the elite and to Hollywood, but in reality it would be like wearing a golden electric chair or a diamond encrusted gas chamber, the ultimate modern day instruments of execution.
Salvation is not just getting your ticket punched for Heaven, it is death to your old self-life and involves making Jesus the Lord and master of your life. Jesus said that if anyone wished to follow Him they would have to take up their cross and die to self to be His disciple, meaning they would have to sacrifice their life for His! Don't be deceived as millions have, being seduced down an isle, or led in a prayer or baptized into church membership because unless you are convicted in your heart of your sinful life and repent you will not inherit eternal life! Are you an enemy of the cross?
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. II Corinthians 5:14,15
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin