Posted by: missionventureministries | May 31, 2011

BEWARE OF A FALSE GOSPEL – Galatians 1:6-8

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” –  Galatians 1:6-8

The problem with a false Gospel already existed in Paul’s day and continues to this day. There is a serious mistake being made today in many pulpits, books and other forms of Bible teaching. Many are teaching a “counterfeit gospel” or “another gospel” as mentioned in the verse above. Paul goes on to teach that this “different” gospel is a perversion of the true gospel, and instead of bringing peace, it brings about a troubling of the mind.

The devil is a master manipulator and imitator. One of the greatest tactics he has used with tremendous effect over the centuries is to imitate something, to offer a counterfeit version of it that is close enough to be believable to some but far enough away from the truth to actually damage the person who believes it.

Here are some points that represent a “false gospel”:

  • Christianity without Christ
  • Forgiveness without repentance
  • Salvation without regeneration
  • Heaven without hell

False gospels also teach “works” as a requirement for salvation. Mormonism, Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, and others all require that “works” be done “before” salvation can occur. The true Gospel says that works are a result of salvation, not a requirement for salvation!

Many may ask, what is the Gospel? Let’s take a look at what the Scripture says:

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

This passage indicates the basic historical events of the gospel — the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

There is only one true gospel in Christianity, but there are many false gospels. God’s “good news” is always about Christ—His person and work—but His work is from eternity to eternity, and He is both the mighty God and perfect Man. Therefore, with Paul we can say: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation” – Romans 1:16.

The gospel is the “everlasting gospel,” focusing on Him as the one “that made heaven and earth” (Revelation 14:6-7). It is also the “gospel of the kingdom,” focusing on Him as the coming “King of kings” (Matthew 4:23; Revelation 17:14). 

It is the wonderful “gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24), and “the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:13). Thus it also is the true “gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15), reconciling man to God.

Because Christ is God, this “gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark 1:1) is surely the one true “gospel of God” (Romans 1:1). This is the gospel which we have been commissioned by Christ to preach “to every creature” (Mark 16:15), so we need no other. And since it is, indeed, “the glorious gospel of the blessed God” (1 Timothy 1:11), we should never desire another. The true gospel meets every spiritual need for time and eternity.

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