GOD'S ONLY GOSPEL
- ONLY ONE GOD, ONLY ONE JESUS, ONLY ONE GOSPEL -
"...addicted...to the ministry of the saints.…For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ."
(1 Cor. 16:15; Eph. 4:12)
“…we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved…”
Grace and peace to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and in truth, and who believe and rejoice in His name according to the Scriptures. We trust you are well, and that you continue to believe, judge by, and have great joy in, God’s one and only Gospel which alone contains His Testimony that must be believed in, of the Person and Work of His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The following is from my book, ‘Election Is Just Not Fair!’:
The whole of christendom virtually chants, as if it were some mystical mantra: ‘Salvation is by grace, salvation is by grace,’ and yet they do not understand what they are saying when they utter the word grace. Grace is something which cannot be merited and therefore to say that after a man chooses God, the Lord then responds by granting His grace, is ludicrous. Grace is not motivated by a deed of man but by the mercy of God. Grace and mercy, by definition, are things given in light of there being no redeeming feature of, or act by, man which could justify him. If salvation is given freely and solely by the unmerited grace of God—not according to ANYTHING man has done but according to God’s purpose and will—then what the free willer is believing in, whether he knows it or not, is a salvation not based on grace but on works, something given as a deserved wage which the man has earned the right to have and which demands that God supply. If you do something that makes another respond in a certain way, then you are the one who has prompted that person’s action. It has not come by an independent act of volition on their part but as a response to what you have done. Your act has brought on, or caused, an effect. If the free willer is right, it is no longer the Person and Work of Christ, the imputation of His Righteousness and the non-imputation of sin, that demands man’s salvation but something which man has done. Paul the apostle asks,"...who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" (1 Cor. 4:7). "Had not God interfered and made a difference, all would have remained alike under sin. The race (of man) would have together rejected His mercy; and it is only by His distinguishing love that any are brought to believe and be saved." When a person says ‘I chose God’, they are glorying, boasting, in themselves. They are saying it is they themselves, by their choice of Him, that has made them to differ from the one who has not made such a decision. It is not free grace, but free will that is gloried in and seen as that which has made the difference. NOT EVEN THE ATTRIBUTING OF THIS FREE-WILL DECISION TO GOD’S ENABLING GRACE CAN REDEEM THIS FALSE DOCTRINE. No, my friend, it is God Who makes the difference between saved and lost and not man. GRACE IS GOD, NOT YOU! All that a saved man has he readily, joyfully, admits he has received from God as a gift and not something he went out and chose or earned. ■
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The following is an excerpt taken from my book ‘How Many Gospels’:
In Galatians 1 the apostle Paul did not speak about a man’s ‘good intentions’ when he warned about those who brought with them another gospel. He did not exclude or exonerate people from being among the accursed if it was discerned that they ‘meant well’, as is the intention, no doubt, of most religious teachers when expounding their beliefs. Meaning well is fine. No one is doubting the person’s intention when they unknowingly bring another gospel, but it is what they are saying about God that is the issue. A person may well have good intentions and mean well when they give directions to someone who has lost their way, but if those directions are wrong, then no amount of good intentions is going to get the person to whom they were given to their intended destination! Its just going to confuse them even more. So too, a false gospel, no matter how much it may be accompanied by the good intentions of a well meaning person, has never and will never get anyone to heaven. Paul couldn’t care less what a man’s motive was in preaching the true Gospel (Phil. 1:18), but it mattered a great deal when they came preaching a different gospel. What do they say His Gospel is? Who do they say Christ is? What do they say Christ did? Do they agree with God? If they do, it will be evidenced by their speaking the same Gospel HE teaches. Does their gospel differ in any way with God’s? If so, they reveal themselves as accursed people, not saved people who have a few errors, but ACCURSED PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THEIR ERROR! People are so often prone to legitimizing that which a person says because of their manner and presentation. No less so in matters spiritual. People give legitimacy to a gospel taught them simply because those who bring it are learned people or respected and recognized ‘ministers’. Because they are such ‘nice’ people. For many, the fact that a man is an ‘ordained minister’ is seen as proof that he has passed through some rigorous series of tests concerning his character, and that he is now somehow beyond repute, and that he was able to retain an accepted level of that which he was taught over several years. All this combines to assure people that we can, and should, trust such men implicitly. Remember the old adage, Don’t judge a book by its cover! Someone might say, ‘But they are such lovely people, such God-fearing people.’ Yes, but which god are they fearing? If it is not the true God’s Gospel they believe, then it is not the true God they are fearing. Paul spoke not of a man’s reputation or eloquence of speech as being the reliable and verifiable factors we were to look out for before deciding whether or not he was of God and his message true. Not at all. Do not allow yourselves to be moved simply because a preacher sounds good, is easy to listen to and speaks with high reverence and whose voice echoes with authority or who exudes confidence that what he is saying is true. Do not merely believe what a man is saying because of how convinced he seems to be that what he is saying is the truth. The only thing Paul pointed out, the only thing he drew attention to, was the one reliable and verifiable factor to determine whether or not a man was sent from God and preaching the Gospel of God, and that was whether his gospel was the exact same Gospel that Paul had preached to them. The man could be the most respected religious leader on earth, he could be the one who had the greatest reputation, he could be the one who was loved and trusted by all, he could even be a trusted family member such as your father, husband or brother. He could be an extremely and impressively learned man familiar with all the great doctrines, with an extensive knowledge of the history of Israel and of the Old Testament, able to locate any town on any Bible map in an instant, able to recite verbatim any verse of Scripture, renowned for being a fervent and ardent man of prayer, a man who has given up the world and all its pleasures, a man who tirelessly preaches against sin and who encourages holy living. A man who has been able to write great volumes of teaching concerning God and the holy life. Even a man who is now dead, which for many is some unwritten and automatic stamp of approval on just about everything he ever taught. All of this counted for nothing in the mind of Paul the apostle if the man preached any gospel other than the one Paul preached! Is this arrogance on Paul’s part? Is this the most flagrant display of religious pride ever seen? Had Paul been driven mad by power? NOTHING OF THE KIND!! What mattered to Paul was, ‘Is what they are teaching the Gospel of God or the words of men?’ It is wisdom that is in evidence here; wisdom that comes directly from God, which deals in black and white terms, and which is resident in every person who believes in the Gospel of Christ, in turn evidencing that they have the mind of Christ. ■
LOVE HAS NO LIMITS
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►EVERY DAY WITHOUT FORGIVENESS, WOUNDS THE SOUL MORE AND MORE.
►To be asked the ‘hard’ questions, should not be something which the Christian is to avoid. When one is asked a hard question it should be considered a gift, because it gives one the opportunity to teach the Word of God and defend His doctrines
The following is an excerpt from my book ‘Who Hath Believed Our Report?’:
If, out of all the various ‘christian’ denominations, there was only one that did not preach the Gospel, would it be my fault? Could my Gospel, and the consequences of not believing it, be rightly attacked if there was only one mainstream religious denomination that did not believe it? Would it be the Gospel's fault that this organization did not teach it? Of course not. Would there be something wrong in the Gospel I teach, or in the plain and obvious ramifications of it, if just two of these long established groups failed to teach it? Of course not. What if there were only three that did not believe it? Would this be the evidence that would prove my Gospel to be wrong? If not, how many groups would it take, who did not believe this Gospel, before it could rightly be said that this Gospel is not God’s Gospel?? Would five prove us wrong? No? How about ten, or twenty? When could we draw the line between what is truth and what is error? How many denominations would it take, who believed the same thing, to prove wrong what one group taught that differed from the majority? What absolutely ludicrous thinking! So are we to believe that simply because there are many organizations which disagree with our Gospel, that this logically proves that what we are saying is wrong? Of course not. No rational person would be a party to such thinking. Does it mean there is something wrong with the Gospel if ten organizations claiming to be Christian do not preach it? Of course not. Nor does it prove a single thing about this Gospel if NO professing christian organization preaches it or ever has preached it! To say that it does would be to assume that all these organizations had the truth. You would be surprised just how many people believe something to be the truth simply because there are ten or so organizations which believe the same thing and had preached it for a considerable number of years. You would not believe a man’s message as true simply because he has been preaching it for 30 years or more, would you? Then why automatically and unquestioningly believe a denomination’s teachings because it has promoted them for the past five hundred years! Since when did the truth of God begin to be rightly discerned by how many people believe it or how long a thing had been taught, and where in the Scriptures for that matter would you find support for this mindset? Where is this imaginary line drawn that instantaneously and automatically proves something as true because a certain number of people believe it? Is something true if one thousand people believe it? How about a few thousand? Or what about one hundred thousand? How about five hundred thousand? Surely it would be safe to believe something is of God if one million people believed it. If so, let us then join the Mormons for they number well over one million. But then how could we be sure they had the truth when the followers of the Roman Catholic Church number over one billion? If one million people believed something to be true, would it cease to be truth if only nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine believed it? I believe by now the reader can see for himself how silly such thinking is. Are the Mormons right in what they believe because they number around 5 million people. Does it mean that what they believe is wrong merely because the Roman Catholic Church has over one billion adherents? Of course not. Then why judge my Gospel by this rule? Would a truth cease to be truth, or cease to be considered as truth by God, if no one believed it? Of course not. Then where does anyone get the temerity to say that because only a few people believe a thing to be true and the majority does not, it couldn’t possibly be the truth! What absolute and utter arrogance! What bullyish thinking. The fact that a few people believe something can never be used as proof that what these people believe is the truth. Nor is this the type of evidence that could be used to discount the possibility that what they believe is the truth. The Gospel is the Gospel whether there be one person who believes it, or ten thousand, or no one else in this universe. I, for one, will, by the grace of God, never be moved from His Gospel for it is the truth and there is no other. Just as the apostle Peter said to His Lord, "...to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life" (Jn. 6:68), I will not be shaken from the truth that there is no salvation but only damnation for those who believe any other gospel, which contain words of eternal damnation. (continued on page 4).
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This is the attitude Paul the apostle had in the first century and this is the attitude I have in the twenty-first century. The fact that the majority of religious people in the world believe false gospels just goes to show the deceitfulness and wickedness of the heart of man (see Jer. 17:11), how influential false gospels are and how attractive they are to those of a carnal mind, who have not the mind of Christ, nor the love of His truth. The well of false christianity runs deep and there has never been a shortage of those willing to drink from it. That the majority does not believe the Gospel is no license for anyone to go about treating those who do believe it as people who have something wrong with them. Democracy certainly gives a voice to the people and always allows the majority to triumph, but this can never guarantee that what the majority sees as right is right. It certainly gets its way but its way is not always right. That the majority does not believe the true Gospel, let alone the fact it pays no attention to the consequences of not believing it, proves one thing: none of these groups who deny the Gospel outright, or who deny it by rejecting its ramifications, were ever Christian to begin with. If they were, how could they, and why would they possibly entertain the notion, let alone promote the idea, that those who do not believe the Gospel—who do not believe what God has said about how He saves—but who come ‘close enough’ to believing it, will be as saved as those who do. To properly understand and believe what the Gospel is all about is to recognize its doctrines as the power of God to save, and to know enough of what its doctrines teach to reject everything else that presents itself as the Gospel; to know that there can be no salvation for anyone whose faith is in any gospel other than God’s Gospel!!! Belief in a false god will not save anyone; belief in a false christ will not save anyone; belief in a false spirit will not save anyone. So how can anyone believe, and what could they possibly base their belief on, that one can be saved believing a false gospel, something which God has not declared to be His, and still be saved? Especially in light of the fact that false christs, false spirits and false gospels are all connected with the beguiling Serpent, and that none of these have anything to do with the truth (see 2 Cor. 11:3,4). This would present us with the following scenario: God saves by His Gospel and He also saves by the gospels Satan promotes to deceive people and keep them from believing the true Gospel! ■
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►The Bible teaches that in order for a man to believe the true Gospel He must be blessed of God; he must be born again—born of God (see Matt. 16:17; John 3:3,5; 6:44,45), for the Gospel is God’s, and He reveals It to whomsoever He wills. Salvation is not, and never has been, the result, or product of a man’s will or works, but wholly of God’s mercy and grace. God says: "...I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but OF GOD that sheweth mercy" (Rom. 9:15,16 cf. Ex. 33:19).
As always, I look forward to hearing from you all, and pray that the gracious and loving Father, Who alone is Holy and Just, will continue to bless all His elect through His Mercy and Truth, and that you will continue to be edified and instructed by items available through this ministry. For God’s enemies, only one thing awaits: “Clouds and darkness are round about Him: righteousness and judgement are the habitation of His Throne. A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about” (Psa. 97:2,3). Our prayer to God for ourselves and for all His people is: “Order my steps in Thy Word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (Psa. 119:133). “Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: and let such as love Thy salvation say continually, Let God be MAGNIFIED” (Psa. 70:4). Thank you again for your prayers and support. “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).
Moreno Dal Bello
“Now unto the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim. 1:17). "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing" (1 Peter 3:8,9).
“…Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen” (1 Pet. 5:14).
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