Yes, in the church today there are two different gospel messages.One biblical and one non biblical. The non biblical version is the Arminian, free will humanist gospel and the other is the scriptural version.
Let us take a look at the difference. and maybe you can understand why the so called evangelicall /charasmatic /orthodox/ churches are filled with sin sin sin! Simply because many attending churches are not really saved but are in fact converted to a false gospel ! Are you one of them?
Arminian, free will humanist gospel :
Believe -head knowlege of the gospel
repent-turn from sin,obey the law,turn over a new leaf, go to church,read bible,witness
accept- approve of the gospel and accept it as concerning yourself
salvation – saved by grace but must keep the law to continue to be saved
The Scriptural gospel:
Believe (pistis) to have faith
repent -turn to God
recieve-having been freely given the holy Spirit through the faith of Christ, born again
salvation-the free gift of God not to be repented of, sealed by the holy Spirit until the end,kept by his power
Believe in the Greek does not mean having head knowlege of the gospel. The devil believes the gospel! The word beleive is the same word as faith,it means to trust in. In other words faith which comes by God’s word is given which creates relationship through adoption. Not simply believing in Jesus but KNOWING JESUS. The knowing is intimacy, like a man knows a woman.
That is why scriptures say to have the faith OF Christ, not in Christ, big difference. To have faith in is head belief but to have the faith of Christ is to be given faith by the Holy Spirit.
” Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed IN Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”Galatians 2:16
In the King James Bible it says you are justified by the faith OF Christ. Most other translations take the word “of” and they change it to the word “in” but not so in the KJV.(check out my blogs to come on bible translations)
“But the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith OF Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Romans 3: 21,22
Verse 22 says, “the righteousness of God which is by faith OF Jesus Christ. Lets look at the next verses shall we? “
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God:” Romans 3:23-25
In verse 25 it says, “whom God hath set forth,” the “whom” it is talking about is Jesus Christ. “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,”
So,the Faith OF CHRIST produces faith IN HIS BLOOD. The faith of Christ is a divine attribute of God which Christians have layed hold of by unmerited favour(GRACE) and in which we battle or fight against the powers of darkness. Not our faith but HIS FAITH which is freely given by measure to all who belong to God.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1Timothy 6:12
Faith is performed by a work of power. This power is the dumanis power of the Holy Spiirt and is not man’s ability.
“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power. “2nd Thessalonians 1:11
So now we shall look at repentance. Scriptures say that repentance is also a work of God and not a free will act of man. It is a gift which God grants to us.
” And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will” 2 Timothy:2:24-26
A person must be enabled by God to repent. He must be “granted” repentance as a gift. God does not bestow the gift of repentance universallybecause if repentance was something that God gives to all then Paul would not have said “if perhaps” God may grant repentance. It is a real possibility that God may not grant repentance or he would not have said” IF PERHAPS God may grant them repentance ”
God commands men in all walks of life to repent. God who commanded the light to shine in the darkness has shone in our hearts! When God commands repentance in a heart it is done!
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30
” For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ” 2 Corinthians 4:6
The conversion of Saul of Tarsus is an example of true repentance. Saul later called Paul persecuted Christians because he was sure that Jesus was not the Messiah. He was a very devout Jew who thought he was doing God’s will by trying to destroy Christians and purge the Jews from this sect.
When Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus he suddenly knew he was wrong. Paul then trusted (pisis-faith) in Jesus and repented. His life was so completely changed by God’s power that he immediately risked his life to preach in the synagogues that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Acts 9:20-25)
“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. :Gal.1:11,12
Now we come to RECIEVE CHRIST. We “receive Christ”, in the same way that we recive the Holy Spirit. AS A FREE GIFT. No where in scripture does it say,”accept” ( which means to approve of) Christ but rather the term is RECEIVE CHRIST THROUGH FAITH. The term “accept Christ” is not found in the Scriptures anywhere.
WE RECIEVE THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST !
“But as many AS RECEIVED HIM, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” John 1:12
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
“Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” Acts 8:15
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, ” Luke 24:45
In conclusion, godly sorrow works repentance. This sorrow is a God given sorrow which brings CHANGE and not human feelings,which are sorry for the results of the offense but have no power to change. True conversion brings true repentance. If the fruit stinks it is because the fruit is rotten and the tree is corrupt as Jesus has said and not because the “christian is carnal”
“Carnal christian” is another made up term of the Arminian gospel, not found in scriptures. To be carnal is to be unregenerated,unsaved,not born of the Spirit. A true christian DOES NOT LIVE IN SIN! A true Christian will quickly repent of sin because God’s seed is in him and as scriptures say(1 John) and HE CANNOT SIN! He cannot live in sin comfortably because the holy Spirit will not let him!
So when you see rampant sin in a so called Christians life, living a lifestyle no different that the world then that is a false decieved individual who has no salvation. God’s sheep hear his voice AND THEY FOLLOW HIM! Sola scriptura!
|Jesus answered and said unto them, This is THE WORK OF GOD, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:29|