Tuesday, April 4, 2017

No Other Gospel: Why the Sanctity of the Gospel Matters

Why the Sanctity of the Gospel Matters

Many of us have heard the controversial, and quite heretical, statements that Mrs. Jory Micah has made in the past few months, even years. Her statements have gotten under the skin of many professing Christians, especially when it comes to the matters of sound doctrine and theology. I completely disagree with many of the things that she, and those who have the same thought process as her, but I've held back on sharing some of my thoughts to let tensions die down, provide clarity to all that may be reading, and shed light on the Biblical reasons why, ultimately, the sanctity of the Gospel matters.

Compromising the Gospel

The power of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ saves, and not only does it save, but also provides liberty, freedom for all that embraces it and receives it's free gift. However, things begin to falter when even one small thing, which really isn't small when you think about the fact that there are many lives at stake, is removed or added. 

When I was in college only just under two years ago, I studied Biology. However, many people even today fail to remember that I had a minor in Religious Studies. One of my beginning courses in Religious Studies was a survey of the history of Christianity from the time of Christ's resurrection, beginning in the Book of Acts, until present day. One of the many things that stood out to me while taking this course were the many councils and creeds that were created due to the ever-pressing need to allow the true Gospel to be shared. These councils didn't convene for some of them years at a time just for convenience, but to ensure that the Gospel remains pure and unadulterated. 

Changing a lie a disguising it as the truth only does two things: hinders the hearer from the truth, and created room for division. I'm not here to state that Mrs. Micah or Mrs. Jen Hatmaker's intent was to cause division with their comments, but it sure enough does hinders unbelievers from the truth of the Gospel. Covering the Gospel up with fancy words, or promising a lavish life without any pain, or conforming it to the status quo doesn't benefit anyone and hinders the message of the Gospel from being heard. If the truth is hindered, how can anyone obey it (Galatians 5:7-9)?

Not only does compromising the Gospel lead to its hindrance, but it also leads to divisions within the body of Christ and gives room for sin to enter. In the Book of Galatians, Paul writes to the believers in Galatia that had began to yield to various doctrines and gospels that were contrary to the pure truth of the Gospel of Christ that was initially preached to them, which was leading them away. Where lies dwell, sin lingers and divisions overtake the mind.

In Galatians, Paul describes those that are sharing these false doctrines in detail (I suggest you read and study the book for deeper understanding). One thing consistently pointed out was how these false teachers were lead by the flesh and not by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 6:12). By teaching more of a works-based faith, these false teachers were luring men away from the truth in order to commit works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) and not the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Ultimately, these false teachers were spiritually abusing those that God allowed to be in their care. 

Above All Else

The pure, unadulterated Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ matters, not for our personal gain. It doesn't only matter when we receive Christ as our Savior. No. The Gospel encompasses every fiber of our being, permeating through our selfish desires to allow the true light of Christ to shine in us daily (Matt. 5:16). I beg of you to flee false teachers, false doctrines and any and everything that would steer you away from God.

The Gospel matters because there's to many souls at stake for us to relax, seek worldly popularity by demeaning the One who gives us breath to breathe, or conform to society's standards of political correctness.

Because of the Gospel, I have no room to be silent. I'm so use to being afraid of being bold and standing out in society that I'd began to blend in to the world. No more. Not on my watch. I am not afraid to proclaim that only Jesus Christ can save, redeem and restore. There's no other Gospel than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


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