The Different Gospels We hear
There are many gospels we hear each day. Each of these appears to be right, but they lead us away from the central truths of God’s word and Jesus Christ our Savior.
The following are just a few that are easily identifiable in our lives, they stem from our desire to prove ourselves worthy to God. They end up becoming fleshly exercises. Remember our walk with Christ and our salvation in Him is the result of Gods grace. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this in Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. “
The different gospels we hear:
The gospel of I’m OK: This is saying I really don’t have a need for God or salvation. I’m ok, just as I am. When a Christian says this, it is the beginning of a spiritual slide into hypocrisy and or mediocrity.
The gospel of Mediocrity: This is akin to the gospel of I’m Ok, except the person has no real desire to grow in or follow Christ. Just as long as they have said yes to Jesus, that’s all they need. They are happy in spiritual immaturity.
The gospel of No: This is also where as Christians we begin to ignore biblical truths and deem them irrelevant or unnecessary. This also takes place when you know God is asking you to do something, but you hide behind preconceived ideas of faith and practice.
The gospel of Denial: Denies biblical truth, it denies that Jesus is the Son of God, that salvation is necessary. This supposed gospel says that man can make it on his own and if there is a God, He is not loving or involved in human history. The idea here is if there is a creator I will hold him or her accountable for what has happened in my lifetime.
The gospel of Tradition: May of us have grown up with different traditions that should draw us close to Jesus. We should examine our traditions to see why they are there and if that is their true purpose. An example of this would be certain prohibitions, as an example does the way you wash your hands, or pray really matter to God? Remember traditions cannot save you.
The gospel of Shortcuts: Our modern age sets us up for this, buy this medallion, read this book, use this cross in your prayer life, burn these candle in your home; each of these and many others offer shortcuts to a deeper walk with Christ. These are nothing more than a distraction in your real spiritual life. If you want to draw near to Jesus, the real Good News is, all you have to do is ask Him to draw near.
The gospel of prove myself: This centers on the idea that I must prove myself worthy to God. It really is a denial of God’s unconditional love and acceptance of you. The source is the belief that no matter how hard I try, which rules I keep, no matter how busy I am for God, I will never measure up. This will really wear you out, because you are always trying to prove yourself. It’s a tool of the enemy to give you a spiritual to list. The Father has already declared you as worthy of His love and acceptance.
The gospel of Heresy presented as historical fact: Many books, T.V. shows and movies take on gospel and historic biblical themes and present them as biblical and or historical fact. The Da Vinci Code and the Noah movie come to mind. Always be a good Berean (Acts 17:10-11) and search the scriptures to see if the things modern culture presents with you are indeed accurate and biblical.
The gospel of comparison: This allows you to compare yourself to others, and leads to being judgmental and believing everyone should behave and believe as you do. It is really spiritual one-ups-manship, with the attitude that you are better than those around you The reverse of this is thinking that you are worse than everyone else. With the true Gospel, you can’t say who’s better than everyone else, while a comparison gospel makes it clear who’s getting it right and who is getting it wrong.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ~ Galatians 5:1