WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?  (PART 11)

 

And so many have this same attitude when confronted with something that conflicts with what ‘heroes’ like Spurgeon taught. Wiser than I? Spurgeon wiser than I? After I have seen for myself what the Scriptures say and that what Spurgeon believed clearly contradicts it? Spurgeon wiser than I? Not on this matter he wasn’t!! To adopt a head-in-the-sand attitude to a teaching that is seen to oppose that of one’s favorite author or teacher; to claim people are saved, not on doctrinal belief but according to manner of life, is to say that salvation is in the eye of the beholder and that believing the Gospel can be whatever one wants it to be! All this claptrap falls perfectly into line with official Roman Catholic thinking which says: "Even a person who does not explicitly know the Gospel may be saved by a positive response to the grace of God, expressed in a life motivated by true love and charity" (‘Is One Religion As Good As Another?’) Those who are determined to not see will not change, for they are so moved by the reputation of men, and so fearful of life without them, they cannot come to terms with the fact that if what we are saying is right, then men like Spurgeon are wrong. So wrong, in fact, that they cannot be said to be saved men, but lost unregenerate men who stand in direct violation with what the Scriptures clearly teach. Such people are like the prisoner who has been locked away in dark solitary confinement, who recoils when light is allowed back into his cell. He has become so used to the darkness that for him the darkness is ‘light’! My open challenge to such people is have the courage to go to Spurgeon’s books, if you claim to love the truth so much, and see for yourselves, go beyond his ‘defense of the grace doctrines’ and see what he had to say about Arminianism and those who trust in its accursed gospel, and then try and find backing for such heresy in the Scriptures. Have the courage to be willing to see the truth regardless of what it will do to the reputations of those you admire so much. Can the truth ever be a lie or a lie ever be considered truth? What kind of an imbecile do you think the enemies of our Gospel would label me as if I came strutting down the aisles of their ‘churches’ warning people of a false gospel, but reassuring those that believe it that God has saved them despite their denial of His truth! Such a thing would be considered so ridiculous, so nonsensical, I would be laughed almost out of existence. What would be the point in warning of false gospels if those who believe them are saved? How can believing the truth be considered important if it is not essential to a man’s salvation? Those who are of one mind with Spurgeon cannot be of one mind with Christ. Importantly, no one has ever come to me defending what Spurgeon believed; no one has ever come to me to deny what I have said about Spurgeon. No one has offered me any evidence that what I am saying is wrong. They just get caught up in emotion and leave in a huff, offended that I would say such things about such a revered ‘man of God’. Some men I know who profess to believe in Sovereign Grace are simply in denial about the truth concerning Spurgeon, preferring to believe what they are comfortable in believing about him. They don’t want to be bothered with the facts! They refuse to believe Spurgeon said what I have quoted him as saying and refuse to check the documented facts for themselves. Why are they so afraid? And what of their alleged ‘commitment’ to truth? If they are so afraid to check the facts themselves, how loyal can these men be to the truth they claim to love and teach? Some have even gone so far as to say that someone else wrote these things in Spurgeon’s name! But how can this be, when Spurgeon’s autobiography, during the writing of which he died, included these statements, and the fact that the whole book was overseen by his wife. Prove me wrong, people, and I will gladly retract everything I have said. The apostle Paul spoke in the same breath of another gospel, another christ and another spirit. He said in Galatians 1 that if any came to the Galatian Christians teaching any other gospel than the one he had taught them, they were to count such messages AND those who taught them as accursed. "Let HIM be accursed" said Paul of the false gospel preacher and not only of his gospel, as did Mr. Spurgeon! When it comes to salvation, any message that is not God’s message is an accursed and abominable thing for it seeks to take the place of what God has said! It is as anti-Christ as the Devil himself! Likewise, anyone who believes such an ungodly message is just as accursed, just as abominable as the message itself. In works and lifestyle they may resemble Dr. Jekyll, but in doctrinal beliefs they are a veritable Mr Hyde!

 

There are, no doubt, other questions and objections people have towards this great Gospel of God’s, but none of them will hold any water. I have dealt with the ‘best’ of their arguments and objections as well as the most common, and shown clearly that there is no reason or rhyme to any of them. If you believe or know of any other objections to this Gospel that have not been addressed in this booklet, please do not hesitate to inform me so that I might also address them in future writings. I have shared with you those objections I have personally received against the Gospel and its ramifications, as well as others I have heard of. The sad thing is that so many people who claim to be Christian do not want to know the truth because they are happy believing their version of it. How many simply will not consider what we say because we are not part of some huge religious organization or because my writings are not leather bound, because I have no reputation to match the ‘spiritual giants’ today’s ‘christian’ gains great comfort and sense of security in following, and whose teachings are attended to as if they were the Scriptures themselves. It is an amazing thing to me that so many fail to view what they are taught with a critical eye, that is, until they hear the true Gospel! Suddenly they become suspicious and wary and then, with minds that are conformed to this world’s carnal and religious way of thinking, they do examine and question and almost always end up rejecting the truth. The only thing they look at warily, with any natural bias against, is the true Gospel. Everything else is seemingly automatically embraced, largely due to the fact it was presented to them in an environment to which they have become accustomed, and taught by someone they have respect for and feel trust towards. But all is not what it seems. How many ‘pastors’ out there and how many members of congregations have secrets they keep from one another? How many ‘pastors’ know that what some members of their congregations believe is wrong, but simply do not have the courage to confront these people in love and care, trying with patience to highlight their error and correct them. How many members of congregations know that what their ‘pastor’ is teaching, and what those around them believe, is wrong but who stay where they are, willing to compromise the Word of God because of the fellowship they get and the friendships they have made, or for the sake of their children who love playing with the other children there, who arm themselves with the excuse that if they didn’t go there they wouldn’t have any place else to go. Isn’t this a tad selfish? Isn’t this placing the cart before the horse? I mean, doesn’t the Word of God say that Christians should fellowship among themselves and not have anything to do with those who teach and believe false gospels? "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together..." (Heb. 10:25).This verse is so often used by professing Christians to highlight the need to attend ‘church’ somewhere, as if salvation itself hinged upon this act. But what is missed in their exuberant, yet ignorant, use of this verse is the fact that the emphasis should not be placed on ‘forsaking’ but on the word ‘ourselves’. Christians are not to stop meeting with other Christians, that is, Gospel believers are not to stop meeting with other Gospel believers, but they most certainly are to cease having any religious fellowship with those they recognize as not believing the Gospel of Christ (see 2 Jn. 10 cf. Prov. 19:27; 2 Cor. 6:14). How many ‘church-going’ folk have put doctrine to one side for the sake of some warped sense of unity and this desperate need which dictates, ‘we’ve got to attend church somewhere even if it means meeting with those who don’t even believe what we believe.’ I know of people who have been on holiday, wanting to remain loyal to this edict at any cost, attend a ‘church’ which is not even of their own denomination and which teaches contrary to what they believe! I have known people to even attend a ‘church’ that is ‘pastored’ by a woman, because ‘there was no where else to go’. People say ‘no church is perfect’. Yes, but I haven’t said anything about waiting for a ‘perfect church’ to spring up before the Christian may attend it. The true Christian is to only meet with those of like mind who believe the same doctrines which make up the same Gospel God gave to His people and which is the foundation of the Church of Christ. Christians may differ on various things, but they do not differ on what the Gospel is, otherwise God’s house would be divided and therefore could not stand. There can be no unity as long as there is division and diversity because these are the core elements of disunity. How many professing christians do not give voice to what they really believe because it would mean disunity in the family or the loss of respect from friends and perhaps having to leave the assembly they have become so accustomed to. How many who enjoy this ministry and who have learned many things from this ministry, keep hidden the fact that while saying they believe the doctrines of the Gospel we teach, and who ask for my writings and tapes, they do not hold to the ramifications of it, meaning that they believe that they or others were or can be saved without believing God’s Gospel? People who think they believe the doctrines, but by their disagreement with the ramifications and their unwillingness to even mention this fact, reveal that their claim to believe is really a sham! People who think they agree with what this ministry teaches but do not judge saved and lost by the Gospel are only fooling themselves. Churches, like governments, ostensibly have one priority and that is to please and appease the people who supply the money that their very existence depends upon. They virtually could not care less what they did or believed. Every day ‘pastors’ are shunning questions, dodging and avoiding discussion, that demands they reveal their doctrinal position. Many of them hardly ever preach doctrine anymore, preferring rather to go the safe way and talk about ‘how to live your life’. Many sermons have become nothing but empty psychological pep talks rather than a time for the instruction and equipping of the saints! They despise controversy over doctrine to the point that they avoid doctrinal discussion at all costs for the sake of ‘peace’ and ‘unity’, rather than being lovers and promoters of the truth of God, making sure they do not compromise it so that REAL unity and REAL peace would prevail. What kind of deadly dangerous game is being played out there? Who do these people think they are and what are these ‘churches’ really about? These men are not pastors but hirelings who, by their avoidance of the real issues, display an apathetic approach toward the doctrinal care of their ‘sheep’. What are people thinking who do not believe what they claim to believe enough to separate themselves from that which they know is false and from those they know are believing in false gospels. One man has wisely stated: "He that hath truth on his side is a fool as well as a coward if he is afraid to own it because of other men’s opinions!" Christ said, "He that loveth father or mother more than Me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME....He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it" (Matt. 10:37,39). "He that is anxious to save his temporal life, or his comfort and security here, shall lose eternal life; or shall fail of heaven." To claim to be a Christian, and yet shy away from the truth that opposes what a person believes simply because it is not what they believe, is to be one of the saddest people on earth. To claim to be a Christian and know the doctrines of the Gospel, yet be unwilling to judge saved and lost by the Gospel and to stand up and own them before friends, family and foe alike for fear one would lose friendships and respect etc., is not only to be a coward whom Christ will say He never knew, it is to be a miserable coward, a wretch, not fit for the place where only the truth is believed, but rather is made for the horrors of hell where dwells all those who have believed in what God has not said.

 

Friends, the issue is not ‘Who hath believed our report’ but WHAT IS OUR REPORT? What is the report God has given to all His people of the spiritual state of man and what He, through His Son Jesus Christ, has done to save His people from their sins? For this is all that will matter on the Great Day of Judgement. Not whom you fellowshipped with; not what you did for the sake of ‘peace ‘ and ‘unity’. Not how often you attended ‘church’. But what did you believe? Was it God’s Gospel or a gospel which He did not author? What is the Gospel? What is not the Gospel? Can belief of any gospel be enough to save a man or must it be the one and only Gospel of God? Are the Scriptures indifferent to what a man believes and is man saved because he is merely sincere and moral? If one did not believe the truth, the sole ‘defense’ will be that one certainly intended to believe it. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions! Being sincere and believing that one believes enough to be saved and is constantly in the process of learning more and more and getting their theology straightened out now and then, is not the condition of a saved man. The saved man’s knowledge of the Gospel of God IS NOT a work in progress! The straightening out happens before one is saved, just as the dragging of a fishing net is done before the fish are loaded into the boat. God drags His people to the shore of life certainly, but they are not out of the water before they arrive on the shore (see Jn. 6). And so we see that a man is not saved whilst in error of what the Gospel is, which is nothing but unbelief, and therefore Who God is and what His Son has done, knowledge of which is the essence of THE Gospel, but only AFTER he has heard, understood and believed the Gospel of God. Yes, a man does learn more and more about the great doctrines of the Gospel, his detailed knowledge of them will increase, but this occurs only after he has become a believer of those doctrines, which make up the Gospel. Where are the Scriptures that support a man’s being saved without belief of the truth, without his being sanctified, separated from darkness to Light, from error to truth, from ignorance of God to the truth of God? To be separated from darkness to light, from error to truth and from ignorance of the Gospel to belief of the Gospel, is to be separated from a false god to the true God.

 

Some have pitifully raised the case of the thief on the cross in a vain and desperate attempt to find support for their claim that one does not need to know the doctrines of the Gospel to be saved. Surely the reader is not going to subscribe to this smokescreen, which attempts to build a doctrine based on a single verse! If I were presenting to you my claims based on one verse—WOW! What kind of reaction do you think I would get! I would be ridiculed and called a cult leader! Yet when the religious establishment tries to do this, suddenly we are to take such a claim seriously. What rubbish! The thief on the cross repented of his verbally abusing the Lord on the cross for a reason. Jesus spent six hours on the cross. Does anyone believe that for six whole hours He remained silent? If not, what do you think He would have told those two thieves either side of Him and anyone else within earshot? The Gospel of course! This is no argument from silence, as some have alleged, but a fact based on what the whole of Scripture says a man’s salvation is based upon: belief of the Gospel of God. Preach the Gospel to every creature was no mere command of the Lord to His people, but a rule which He also lived by. The enemies of the cross try and convince us that in some ‘special’ cases, like that of the thief on the cross, God will save a man despite his ignorance of the Gospel, of what he needs to have knowledge of, trust in and have faith towards, in order to be saved. Are we to understand then that a man who is in the process of dying does not need to hear the Gospel? That in such cases, if they show remorse God will save them regardless of their unbelief towards His Gospel and therefore showing ignorance of Who God is? Should we take the following approach in the case of a dying man: don’t preach the Gospel to him at all for he might reject it, so just get him to repent of his sinful life and ‘call out to God’ to save him. What a slap in the face of God and His Son and the Holy Spirit—all that They are and all They have done—and the Gospel this would be. So then, if all one needs to do is be remorseful over one’s sins to be saved, according to these people, let us not go about preaching the Gospel to every creature, but let us make sure people remain in ignorance of it and then all they will need to do to be saved is feel sorry for their sins! Clearly, this whole line of thinking when followed to its conclusion leaves us at a dead-end with nowhere to go. Jesus Christ preached the Gospel to those thieves and one of them, by the grace of God, was given ears to hear and a mind to understand and the faith to believe it and be saved. God does not save based on ignorance of the Gospel but on belief of the Gospel! You cannot yoke salvation with ignorance! Salvation is all about rescuing man from his ignorance of God. It does not take a six-year course to hear the Gospel. It does not require some high brow Bible study course to present it. The Gospel is made up of simple doctrines which can be presented in a matter of minutes and understood, when a person is given the faith to believe it, in seconds. All the doctrines of the Gospel are based on a principle, the principle of grace. So from the witness of Scripture as a whole concerning what it takes to be saved, the means God uses, we can be certain that Christ preached the Gospel on the cross and that one man, at least, believed it and was saved. All believe that none can be saved without being sanctified, so too, none are saved without belief of God’s Gospel. We all know that without regeneration by the Holy Spirit of God none are saved. And Scripture says that the Holy Spirit quickens those who are God’s elect and for whom Christ died. And with what does He quicken them? The Word of Truth and the faith to believe it (see Jn. 6:63). James says "Of His own will begat He us with the Word of truth..." (Jas. 1:18 cf. 1 Cor. 4:15; 1 Pet. 1:23,25). Why is it that whilst people believe that to be saved one must be regenerated and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, they place little or no emphasis on the fact that one must also love, therefore know and believe, the truth! Is it because there are so many interpretations of what the truth is? And that doctrinal issues are seen as always being the cause for argument and debate rather than peace and unity. But surely, the fact that there are many interpretations of the Gospel can never deny the reality that there is only one true Gospel and that man must believe that Gospel to be saved. The Scriptures reveal that Christians pray for the salvation of those who are ignorant of the truth. Christians do not thank God that a person is saved when they express ignorance of what the Gospel is. People argue that the thief on the cross did not know doctrine. But friends, this man had the Lord of the universe hanging on the cross right next to him for SIX HOURS! The great atonement of the sins of God’s people was taking place right next to this elected man of God, and you think that Christ remained silent? That He did not tell the great salvation plan to this chosen man of God, whom He knew He was dying for? What do you think Christ said on the cross? Do you think He talked to him about the weather or how nice the view was from Calvary’s hill? OF COURSE NOT!!! Did this man just ‘miraculously’ repent because he saw how the Man next to him was dying differently to him and his friend, or that when he mocked Him Christ did not retaliate and curse him? Did he somehow know that this man was the Savior of the world simply by His silence? The truth must be communicated if it is to be believed! "Knowledge of God is not a prerequisite of salvation; it is an inevitable and immediate result of salvation. God does not save someone and then leave him ignorant of the Gospel for a time." According to some people, the thief on the cross could have believed anything about salvation and been completely ignorant of how God saves and still have been regenerated by the Spirit of God! This would imply that the Holy Spirit sometimes lays aside His Sword, which is the Word of God, that He does not need it, for He can quicken some of the elect without it! If knowledge of the truth is not the prime evidence of salvation, then who are we to say who is saved and who is lost. As one man has put it, "Who are we to judge a Muslim or a Satanist to be lost..." When God saves a person He gives them the knowledge of His Gospel. The Word of God says that despite great religious zeal, one is lost if one is not given this knowledge (Rom. 10:1-4). The Word of God reveals the sister doctrines which salvation could not exist without: SANCTIFICATION and BELIEF OF THE TRUTH!! (2 Thess. 2:13). To have eternal life is to KNOW God: "...that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW THEE the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent" (Jn. 17:2,3). The Lord says in Jeremiah 9:24 "...let him that glorieth glory in this, THAT HE UNDERSTANDETH AND KNOWETH ME..." Those who are ignorant of the Gospel are not among the saved, for "...they have NO KNOWLEDGE...and (therefore) pray unto a god that cannot save" (Isa. 45:20). If one has not the knowledge of God revealed in His Gospel, how can one be praying to God? The Gospel is hidden, and therefore not believed in, ONLY from those who are lost, NEVER the saved (2 Cor. 4:3). The saved are those to whom the Gospel is revealed and therefore they believe it and are no longer ignorant of it. They don’t go around saying one can be saved before knowledge of the Gospel, or whilst the Gospel is hid from them, but that only after this Gospel is revealed can a man abide where salvation resides. Those who try to use the thief on the cross as a serious attempt to debunk the fact that without knowledge of the Gospel of God there can be no salvation "...try to make the fact that salvation is of the Lord incompatible with the fact that all saved people believe certain truths. In doing so (they) twist the Scriptures to (their) own destruction...Theology does not save. Theology does not play a part in the ground of salvation. Knowledge of doctrine is not a prerequisite to salvation. But when the Sovereign God saves someone, He sovereignly GIVES that person the KNOWLEDGE of Gospel DOCTRINE..." People think that all one has to do is ‘believe in Jesus’. Yes, but which Jesus are we to believe in? The Mormon jesus, the J.W. jesus, the Arminian jesus, the Roman Catholic jesus, the Charismatic jesus, the Faith movement jesus, the New Age jesus, the Muslim jesus, the Seventh-Day Adventist jesus, the Christian Science jesus, the Buddhist jesus, the Spiritist jesus, the Masonic jesus, the jesus of the Shakers or the Quakers, or the jesus of Scientology? Which Jesus do we believe in and how will we know the true one, how will we identify Him? Paul the apostle warned of another jesus (2 Cor. 11:4), so how do we know we have the true Jesus and not this other jesus? BY DOCTRINE!!! God identifies His Son for His people in and by His Word! God does not do this by any other way than by means of His mighty Gospel, and the thief on the cross could never have repented, never have been saved, never joined the true Jesus in Paradise that very day, without the saving knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that reveals, among other things, the only ground upon which anyone can be saved: the Righteousness of Jesus Christ. That anyone can think that this man was saved in ignorance of all this is testament to the fact that they themselves are ignorant of it and that the Gospel remains hidden from them and that they themselves are lost. So many have almost invented a new religion which bases its salvation on ignorance of the truth rather than love and belief of it. They see the gaining of knowledge and the belief of truth as something that is not compatible with a merciful and loving God who has great empathy for His creation. Little do these people realise that God’s love and mercy and empathy are expressed and released towards His people by giving them the knowledge of the truth of the Gospel WHEREIN He is revealed and whereby they can know of Him and how He saves! YOU CANNOT KNOW GOD IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM!! People think that the command, "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31), "is devoid of a command to believe doctrine. Well...I challenge you to define for me ‘the Lord Jesus Christ’ without using any doctrine. If you command people to ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,’ what are you commanding people to believe? Is ‘the Lord Jesus Christ’ a wombat? A dog? A tree? A river? No, you say? He’s the Son of God? Uh-oh - you just brought THEOLOGY into the picture. You brought the DOCTRINE of Christ’s Person into the picture. You can’t do that. And what about this ‘Lord Jesus Christ’? What did He do? Did He live a normal life and die of old age? Did He sin just like the rest of us? No, you say? He lived a perfectly righteous life and died on the cross for people? Uh-oh - you just brought THEOLOGY into the picture again. You brought the DOCTRINE of Christ’s work into the picture. You can’t do that. So tell me...WHAT DOES A DOCTRINE-LESS, THEOLOGY-FREE, ‘BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST’ MEAN?"

 

There is nothing new in what this ministry teaches. We teach the same doctrines that the apostles were inspired to teach. Our doctrines do not differ with those of the so called reformed groups which they have taught for centuries: that man is dead in sin and cannot come to God in and of himself; that no man by nature understands God and therefore does not and cannot seek the true God, and that without God man has no hope (Matt. 19:25,26; Rom. 3:10,11; Eph. 2:1,12); that this teaching is the launching pad for grace; it introduces people to grace and the fact that no part of salvation is conditioned on anything else but grace; that God chose a people for Himself before the foundation of the world, not based on anything they did but upon His will, wisdom and grace and according to His purpose (Eph. 1:3-6; 2 Tim. 1:9); that salvation is according to the election of grace and not by the works of man (Rom. 11:5; Gal. 2:16); that Christ Jesus was sent to the earth to establish a perfect righteousness by obeying the law, and dying as Representative of and a Substitute for, those people whom God had chosen and entrusted to Christ’s care (Jn. 10:27,28; 17:2,3; Eph. 5:25); that their sins had to be atoned for and would be charged to Him and His Righteousness to them, thus making them wholly acceptable unto God (2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 5:2); that these people would all be taught of God and made willing in the day of His power to love and believe the same Gospel—GOD’S ONLY GOSPEL—and be saved, for this is the will of God, and none of them will ever perish (Jn. 10:26-29). So what is the controversy? What is the problem that every so-called reformed pastor has with what this ministry teaches? What is the problem that every tolerant Calvinist has with this Gospel? If all the doctrines are right, if as one ‘pastor’ has said after reading one of my booklets, ‘I cannot fault it’, what then could the problem be? If the doctrines, which must be believed, are right, then how can anyone be saved believing anything else? If salvation cannot be by works, what else can it be but by the grace of God, which delivers unto each of its elected ones the faith of God to believe the Gospel of God!! IT IS THE GOSPEL ITSELF, IN SAYING WHAT IT SAYS, IN BEING WHAT IT IS, THAT PROCLAIMS THAT ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IT, IN ITS ENTIRETY, ARE LOST. THESE PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT SOME CAN BE SAVED WITHOUT THE GOSPEL, ARE IN FACT DENYING THE GOSPEL OF GOD. For to deny the ramification of damnation for all those who do not believe the Gospel is to deny what the Gospel is: THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION!! These people appear to know the words, they are familiar with the doctrines but have totally missed their meaning. They see the detail, the individual dots which make up the picture, but fail to see and discern what those details are saying for they have failed to see the big picture and in doing so, remain very small minded. The doctrines we teach and promote are Scriptural and have been taught and ‘defended’ by reformed theological heroes of the past. The issue with which they are at loggerheads is the ramifications of not believing this Gospel. As another put it, ‘Its not the doctrines but the ramifications I don’t agree with’. What other ramification could there be of not knowing or believing God’s Gospel than not being saved? If being saved means believing the Gospel and believing the Gospel means being saved, what else could not believing the Gospel mean but to be lost? Why did Christ bother to say that if anyone believed the Gospel they would be saved, if not believing it meant being saved as well! How simpler do people need something explained to them than how Christ said it? How more succinct could anything be presented than how Christ explained the ramifications, and therefore the importance, of believing and not believing His Gospel. Christ commanded that His Gospel, therefore no other, be preached and therefore that no other be believed. How could He have said to one person, ‘Make sure you preach only this Gospel’ and then turned to another person saying, ‘It doesn’t matter whether you believe that Gospel or not, My Father will save you anyway’. To think like this is to be off with the pixies in a spiritual Disneyland! Of a certainty then, we may rightly and biblically conclude that those who do not preach the Gospel, but a false gospel, are false preachers, ministers of Satan, AND that those who believe not the Gospel, but false gospels, are nothing but false christians. If a preacher of a false gospel is called a minister of Satan, how can anyone be called a child of God who believes in the false gospel which that minister of Satan teaches? 'A minister of Satan taught me a false gospel and now I am saved.' Absolute madness. If one teaches a false gospel one is a minister of Satan and if one believes a false gospel one has been blinded by Satan the god of this world and is currently in a lost state: "But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is the Image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Cor. 4:3,4). Christ did not advocate the preaching of any other gospel than His own, so how can anyone believe that He would welcome anyone, save anyone, who believed in any other gospel than His own? Let the enemies of the cross answer that one if they dare to even look at the question! The only ones whom Christ will not cast out are those whom the Father has given Him, and all those who have been given to Christ shall come to Him believing the Gospel that reveals Him! (see Jn. 6:37). No one has a mandate from God to teach error, nor has any one the right to preach error in Christ’s Holy name, so it stands to biblical reason that no one has the right to expect themselves to be saved of God who believe in erroneous gospels. This is blue sky thinking because it is centred on the Word of God and not the nebulous religious traditions of men. Christ said "...preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mk. 16:15,16). You remain a child of wrath who has no rightful claim to being a child of God if you believe not His Gospel. Believe and be saved—believe not and be damned. That is God’s Message to man. There is no way of escaping this most fundamental of truths. One wonders about the type of person who would seek a way around this Rule, who would try and come up with some loophole through which they could smuggle people into heaven. Can you not see that there is NO MARGIN FOR ERROR here? That to be saved you MUST believe God’s Gospel and no other, and that to be damned is to believe it not, or in a gospel other than God’s Gospel. To believe God’s Gospel is to know Who God is and how God saves; it is to trust, to look to, and to have no hope whatsoever, in any other plan than God’s plan of salvation. Believing the Gospel is like having the very key to heaven. No other key will gain anyone admittance. To be saved without the Gospel would be to be saved without God! It just cannot happen. Believe is not some meaningless word that has no substance and, as we have seen, it is not used by the Lord as man uses it today, to mean that if one believes enough, it is sufficient to qualify a person as a believer. To believe is to believe entirely not partially. The Gospel of God is not damaged by error and so the faith that God gives His children is not damaged by error, it does not lead a person to believe in part of the gospel, but in the whole error-free Gospel of God. To believe something is to know it and want it and reject everything that contradicts it. It matters not that you ‘believe’, but it matters very much what you believe for this will show whether you are a child of God or a child of the Devil. Who hath believed our report? Every elect child of God, that’s who!

 

 

 

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