Me against all Christendom (exhibit two)
It is almost unthinkable for us to realize that an entire people of God can miss what God has given to us. That we can miss what He has spoken to us and instead go off on a tangent that the Lord never intended for us. While doing this we will invoke God’s name and cloak ourselves in the authority of scripture as God’s messengers to the lost. Obedience to the ordinances of these tangents will be required, if one is to be considered His. Yet in all this we only chase a tangent and totally miss as a whole what God has spoken to us.
Again I advocate this is what we as the church have done. I advocate we are on tangent that looks like the gospel, but instead is another gospel, which is no gospel at all. But in order to get you to stop and consider this possibility I need to show you that this is not impossible for a people to do. In exhibit one we looked at what Jesus taught. In exhibit two we will look at the tangent of the people in Jesus’ day.
Jesus came into adulthood at a time when the leaders of God’s people had ordnances to work out righteousness instead of being imputed righteousness. They had stayed away from the righteousness that God imputed to Abraham and his descendants for the tangent of righteousness through works.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Who was preaching this in the days of Jesus? What leaders of the people defended righteousness by faith as given to them through the covenant given to Abraham? None, they as a whole had followed a tangent instead of the gospel announced to Abraham or spoken at Mt. Sinai as declared to us in the book of Hebrews.
Until John, where was the message of repentance unto the forgiveness of sins. Instead the people had the message from their leaders that they need to earn there righteousness. And they were not righteous until they lived like the leaders, in perfect self righteousness.
Yet this message of repentance is not a new message.
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
This message was simply tossed to the wayside for another tangent. No longer was it the gospel of repentance and turning from their transgressions to become holy, but the adherence to the letter of the Law to make them holy. The people of God had abandoned the word of God for their tangent.
So blind were they in their tangent, they missed the messiah. They the people of God who had the enlightenment, let slip from their presence the very King of Life because their knowledge of God did not include the knowledge of the gospel of the Law and the prophets.
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
I advocate we too have a knowledge of God today, but not a knowledge of God based on the Law and the prophets, nor based on our New Testament and what it says about the gospel given in Advance to Abraham. We have been led astray by another gospel that we support from scripture, but our gospel ignores what scripture teaches about our gospel.
I have again given historical evidence that a people of God as a whole can get it wrong. We can leave the gospel for what seems like the message of the gospel for another gospel. Just as the number of adherences didn’t make the past tangents valid in God’s eyes, neither do the number of those who adhere to the tangent we follow today.
So today I say wake up church and follow the true gospel of our faith. Give up your tangent, because as a whole the people of God have it wrong. Seek out God while He yet may be found. Then let it be us against all Christendom.
 Romans 4:11
 Ezekiel 18:30-31
 Romans 1:1-3