Gal.1:6-9 – I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

It is important for us to constantly compare our message with the message of the apostles. Paul said that even in his days that some had begun to preach what he called another gospel. What exactly is ‘another gospel’? In the footnotes of the NASB it states that the word contrary or another means ‘more than’. Paul is saying that false teachers will distort the message of the gospel by adding to the message and preach something more than what he preached. It may start innocently enough but before you know it the meaning of the teaching has been significantly changed. This is the normal course of heresy, the message is shifted over time until you are preaching something contrary to the intent of the scripture.
Recently there has been some buzz on social media about a Christmas message that was preached by a popular yet controversial evangelist. He took the famous passage from Isaiah 9:6,7 and began to stretch the obvious meaning of this passage. The historical meaning of course is that the child born for us would be Jesus. His Name would be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace. It goes on to say the government of the world would rest on His shoulders. The evangelist went on to claim that this passage was talking about us, that the titles referred to us and that the government rested on our shoulders. I would have to say that this is a stretch at best and borders on something that has slipped beyond the boundaries of orthodox Christianity. We have to be careful if we are teaching something ‘more than’ the apostles taught least we slip into preaching something quite different from what was intended.
The danger is that this starts innocently enough but deteriorates when we slip into the game of ‘beat that message’. The gospel is quite amazing and magnificent without us trying to embellish it. Paul sums it up when he displays his humility in light of God’s sovereignty,
1 Tim.1:16,17 – “Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost sinner Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen”. I am happy to let Him be called Wonderful and Mighty God and to leave the governing of the world up to Him.

3 thoughts on “ANOTHER GOSPEL”

  1. Sounds like part of the process of prophetic fulfillment. What better tool than to entice another follower with established ties, sounds familiar (Judas) We are warned “one world government” is what lies ahead. Check your oil so the many enticements cannot stick.

  2. So very grateful for my Pastors and how they have kept the faith, refusing to be corrupted by greed or deceptive teaching. I can see how Jesus has kept you from the lusts of the flesh and this world. Success isn’t what the world says it is… it’s not flashy, but faithful ..🌈🌈🌈, love you Pastor Parris and Pastor Frank

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