Tuesday, August 06 2013
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 (distort) the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6,7
Good news! We now have two gospels, one for believers and one for those who make Jesus Lord. In other words one group has their ticket punched for Heaven and the other has made Jesus Lord by laying down their life and surrendering to His leading.
Man I sure am glad that some genius figured all of this out for us so now we can live any way we want and go to Heaven. Even the rich young ruler to whom Jesus said, "Sell all you possess, give it to the poor, and come follow Me," can come in too! Wow its amazing how smart folks are in these last days, after all Jesus doesn't wish any to perish (go to Hell) but for all to enter everlasting life, so He's making the narrow road, broad! I guess that's why they call it amazing!
Since the Bible is a buffet and we are free to pick and choose what we want and ignore the stuff we don't like, making Heaven is much easier for those who want to continue in sin. We can totally ignore the whole book of Romans, after all its nothing but dos and don'ts and thou shall nots. No more repentance, no more self discipline or self control, if it feels good, by all means do it! Everybody else is!
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Romans 6:1,2
I guess poor Jesus didn't mean what He said when He told those who wanted to follow Him to take up their cross ( a cruel instrument of death) and lay down their life to make Him Lord. New Creation- no! Crucified with Christ, oh heavens no! Baptized into death, no way! How about, pray a little prayer, sign a card, join up and show up, but only on Christmas and Easter, now your talking, everybody can do that!
I guess the greatest best selling author of all time was bored sitting in prison when he came up with: To whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Obedience? No way Jose, not in a million years, that sounds like some kind of bondage or a cult, not me, I'm free!
The modern so-called Christian is too intellectual for such nonsense, they want to look and act like the rest of the world, they wouldn't want to offend anyone or not be politically correct in everything they do, no talk of sacrifice or blood, or denial, after all, you might scare the poor sinners away, then who would cover our gigantic overhead?
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
Jesus said that in the last days there would be many false prophets, and to beware of wolves in sheep's clothing and we are right smack dab in the middle of the end times and yet we seem to ignore His and the apostle Paul's warnings. There is only one gospel and the truth of the word of God and the blood of Christ is the only thing that will make the sinner free from the bondage of sin and death.
No where in God's word does it give man freedom to walk in sin and continue in it because the outcome is always death. When one receives the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and repents, (changes his ways, his mind, and turns away from sin) he becomes a new creation, a born again follower of Christ, laying down his old life and taking up his new life in Christ.
The gospel of the kingdom is the gospel of grace for all who would accept its conditions and adhere to its commands to become like the Lord Jesus Christ and die to sin and rebellion. To distort or to pervert the good news of God's glorious gospel will ultimately bring about judgment on anyone who preaches another way of salvation!
But even we or an angel 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 received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8,9
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin