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A Different Spirit, a Different Gospel

January 8, 2018

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A Different Spirit, a Different Gospel

There are some things  that are not to be changed,  and the gospel is one  of those things.    In a number of places  in God’s word,  it says God’s word  is eternal  —  it does not change.    But,  there are many false preachers  who twist God’s word  in order  to get people  to follow them.

They will mix philosophies,  false religions,  psychologies,  false promises of riches,  heathen religious practices,  and all sorts of other worldly things  in with God’s word.     Then,  with a Bible verse taken  out of context,  they will boldly claim  that they are preaching truth.     Nothing could be further  from the truth.

This same thing was happening  when Paul was preaching,  so he had to protect  the Corinthian Christians  by warning them  about this.    In 2 Corinthians 11:1-4,  Paul boldly writes,

I wish  that you would bear  with me  in a little foolishness,  but indeed  you are bearing with me.     For I am jealous  for you  with a godly jealousy;  for I betrothed you  to one husband,  that to Christ  I might present you  as a pure virgin.

But I am afraid,  lest as the serpent deceived Eve  by his craftiness,  your minds  should be led astray  from the simplicity  and purity  of devotion  to Christ.

For if one comes  and preaches another Jesus  whom we have not preached,  or you receive  a different spirit  which you have not received,  or a different gospel  which you have not accepted,  you bear this beautifully.

These Corinthians did not realize  that they were accepting  false teachings.     They assumed  that if a few Bible verses  were quoted,  the speaker must be preaching  God’s word.     They didn’t take the time  to see  that the false preachers  were contrary  to the sum total  of scripture.     They were not  like the Bereans,  who “received the word  with great eagerness,  examining the Scriptures daily,  to see  whether these things were so.”   (Acts 17:11)

When someone claims  that all religions  lead to the same place — or  that  they can follow Jesus,  Islam,  Buddha,  and New Age  or whatever,  all at the same time — they don’t have any truth  in them.     Either  they are being purposely deceptive  for some ulterior reason,  or  they simply don’t know  what they are talking about.

No one can claim  to believe Jesus  and at the same time  accept other religions  as true  because Jesus said,  “I am the way,   and the truth,  and the life;  no one comes  to the Father,  but through Me.”     (John 14:6)

            If we believe  Jesus spoke the truth  and was good,  then we must not call Him a liar  by claiming other religions  also spoke the truth.    Jesus either  really is God our Savior  or  He is the world’s  biggest liar.    We cannot be speaking  from both sides  of our mouths  and still be speaking truth.

            Jude, verses 24-25 testifies,

Now to Him who is able  to keep you  from stumbling  and to make you stand  in the presence  of His glory  blameless  with great joy,  to the only God  our Savior,  through Jesus Christ  our Lord,  be glory,  majesty,  dominion  and authority,  before all time  and now  and forever.    Amen.

Because the whole Bible emphasizes  that there is no other God,  and it has proven itself  to be true,  if we believe that,  we are accepting the truth.     If we want  to add to that  or take away from it,  we are preferring  to live  in the lies  and deceptions  of this world.    We simply can’t have it  both ways.

As we take the time  to be Jesus’  friend  and honestly listen  to His word,  we will see  and understand  that there is absolutely no other God  or way  of salvation.     Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all Your word  from the beginning  points to Jesus  as our one and only Savior.     Blessed be Your name  for revealing that  to us.”

Love,
Margaret

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