Posted by: missionventureministries | March 9, 2015


Galatians 1 vs 8

The Bible warns us often about the dangers of preaching a gospel other than the biblical gospel as given by Jesus Christ and His disciples. All Scriptural warnings are very strong. Consider Paul’s words: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8)

Paul also rebuked the Corinthians for allowing this to occur: “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 Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:4)

Thus anyone who claims to be a preacher, a teacher, or a minister of the gospel, must be very careful because they are to preach the truth of the Bible, and that alone. There are to be no additions to it, and no subtractions from it. This is a Scriptural warning, which should be headed by many churches in the 21st Century: “I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words in this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words in this prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)

Therefore, if it deviates from the clear teachings of Jesus and His commandments, then indeed they are teaching another gospel – a false gospel.

Sadly this is happening at an alarming rate today. Paul warned us that: “the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” (1 Timothy 4:1).  There are new “churches” and cults springing up and flourishing all over the world. There are preachers at mega-churches and others giving us a gospel which bear no semblance whatsoever to the teachings of Christ and the words of the New Testament. Be aware this is another gospel, and in Paul’s words these false teachers, preachers, priests or whatever they call themselves are accursed. (Galatians 1:8)

“Jesus” is also quite popular among worldly people today, but he is not the true Jesus. The popular Jesus may be the “baby Jesus in the manger at Christmastime”, or the “buddy Jesus of the County Western ‘gospel’ music”, or the “success-counseling Jesus of the positive thinkers.” He may be also the “rhythmic Jesus of Christian rock”, but none of these are the Jesus preached by the apostle Paul through the Holy Spirit in Scripture, and therefore is not the real Jesus who saves men and women from their sins. 

During one of his sermons, John MacArthur alerted his congregation about a new “Techno Church.”  It features a break dancing Jesus and is attracting lots of people. When they meet, they all bring their stuff, their religious props and their rap albums. People jump up and down and dance while disco lights swirl over them.  It involves all kinds of people who feel like they’re connected to the break dancing Jesus. This is an absolutely ludicrous and ridiculous tragedy beyond all tragedies.

The Bible makes it overwhelmingly clear that Christ came to deal with the sin problem of mankind. He came to save sinners, so that man can once again have unbroken fellowship with God. Paul makes this absolutely plain when he said: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

The Lord Jesus Christ, is the Creator of the universe (Colossians 1:16), who had to die as man on the cross to redeem us through His shed blood (Colossians 1:14, 20), and who then rose from the dead to be set “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.” (Ephesians 1:21)

We need to wake up while we still have breath in us, and need to realize that Jesus is our Savior. We need to also know that He is our Judge. It is Jesus “who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1). He is the mighty God, the Perfect Man, the only Savior, the eternal King, and Lord of lords.  

God-called teachers will not preach an imaginary Jesus who appeals to the flesh, but rather the true Christ of creation and salvation. 

The Bible, through the writings of Paul commands us to expose false teachers and rebuke them sharply. 

You might be asking so how can we know the real Jesus? How can we keep from being deceived by all the different teachings, when most religions use the same Bible to prove their point?  

The way to recognize a counterfeit “Jesus” is to know the True One, and this is only accomplished by spending time with Him. We are not to only learn facts about Him, but, like Mary, Lazarus sister, we must spend time at His feet, meaning that we need to read His Word and ask Him to show us the truth of His Holy Scriptures through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. 

The Bride of Christ will know Him so well that she cannot be deceived into receiving “another Jesus” or “another message.” 

Jesus said: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

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