WHAT IS THE GOSPEL

I have been out of the loop for a while now. Work, then a host of things. I’m juggling and fumbling, well not to much. I want to change it up a bit and get back to bible basics. I’ve been in ministry of some sort for about 28 years and I have watched the trends of the church. I’m an analyst. I study and ponder a lot concerning what I see and hear from the pulpit and the pew. I’ve been concerned for the church for all 28 of the years I’ve been in ministry. In this post I am going to stir it up. And with the follow up post, some may take a hammer to their pc’s. LOL. But hey, I gotta do this. I’m from “Dixie” and I push the envelop, (just the bit of Dennis the Menace in me).

 

To be serious now, I want to address something I have observed for many years. Lets get into it. Buckle up.

Over the years, (34) I have searched the scriptures for the truth of the gospel. What is the gospel? I just want one scripture that tells me point blank what it is. When I ask or listen to someone speak on “what is the gospel” I get the obligatory, “it is the good news of Jesus Christ.” That doesn’t tell me anything. Sometimes I wonder if the one talking, doesn’t know themselves and is just spouting what they were told. I find a lot of that when discussing doctrine with people. They tend to regurgitate what they heard from the pulpit and they are doing the same, regurgitating what they learned in seminary.

I find most people who study the bible, put on the filters of what they were taught from someone else and don’t really read the bible. Let me explain. In the days of Jesus, the doctrines of the Pharisee’s had overtaken the religious life of the people to the extent that when Jesus came teaching truth, it was foreign to them. “Never spoke a man like this.” They were stunned by his words, the doctrines of men had totally taken control and truth was a foreign thing.

It is this way today, as I travel and ask questions I find an appalling lack of knowledge concerning truth. I have asked many many people what the gospel is, a very fundamental question and I get the same answer as above. They truly do not know.

The following is a test.

I am going to ask 4 very simple questions and I don’t want you to so much as touch the bible to look for answers. Lets find out just what is your spiritual temperature. You need to know this for your own benefit.

Ok here we go.

Be honest don’t look it up, write these down

Maybe even discuss this with your family and or friends.

1.Quote out loud the gospel of John 3:16.

2.Who said it.

3.What does it mean

4.What is the gospel (Give me chapter and verse).

Here’s the deal, miss just one question, you fail.(don’t worry, I have asked this same set of questions of PHD’s and they couldn’t answer any but the first one, Yes really). Each question  carries a world of weight, each is just that important. If we miss one, we miss everything. Yes, I’m serious. Next post, I will give the answers. The church has been inundated with half truths and fables for far to long. We have not heard the truth.

O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
Jer 16:19

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3 responses to “WHAT IS THE GOSPEL

  1. ECUMENICALISM AND THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE?—BY STEVE FINNELL

    Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to to apostle’s teaching….(NIV)

    Did the apostle’s doctrine include ecumenical worship and joint charity endeavors with those who perverted basic Christian doctrine? No, it did not.

    The Judaizers were Jewish Christians who wanted to impose Jewish practices on all converts to Christianity. They were perverting the gospel of Christ. Did apostle Paul join in worship and charitable works with the Judaizers in the name of unity and good works? No, he did not.

    Galatians 2:4 This matter arose, because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. (NIV)

    Paul called those who perverted the gospel, false brothers. Today many call those who pervert the gospel co-workers in Christ as they feed the poor and preach the man-made gospel of their choice.

    Galatians 5:4-12 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace……….12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! (NIV)

    Does it sound like the apostle Paul would be asking the Judaizers to teach a Bible study or join him in feeding the poor?

    2 Timothy 2:17-18 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.(NIV)

    Did the apostles have shared teaching and preaching Christian conventions with men who did not teach the apostles doctrine? Of course they did not.

    Acts 15:1 Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.(NIV)

    The truth is today some men who deny that water baptism is essential in order to be saved are invited to teach and preach at churches and at assorted Christian gatherings. And it is not only tolerated but supported by Christians. Is this the apostles doctrine of Acts 2:42?

    2 Corinthians 11:4-15 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……..13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (NIV)

    The problem with most church congregations who call themselves Christian is that they believe in ecumenical unity regardless of the doctrines being preached. Would joint charitable works, shared Bible study in which false doctrine is taught be in keeping with the apostles doctrine?

    The apostle Paul called those who perverted the gospel false brothers and false apostles. Today many refer to them as co-worker in Christ.

    The apostles terms for salvation. Faith: John 3:16–Repentance: Acts 3:19—Confession: Romans 10:9—Water Baptism: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16. 1 Peter 3:21.

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

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    • Thank you bro. Finnell for your comment. Have you thought about, (without the help of looking at the bible) the questions I ask? I will be posting the second part of this work later today. You know very many people (and you’re correct on the teachers of false doctrine today) do not know the basics of salvation or even what the gospel is. They are today not even given the “Roman road” to salvation. They are told to just “confess Jesus and you’re saved.” Repentance is taught to be “works” and many are being led astray. I am going somewhere with this. Please if you have the time, consider the questions. Email me your reply if you are inclined to (now don’t laff) daffyductape@yahoo.com. Again thank you for your comment. It was appreciated.

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