This post is a testimony to the purity and the clarity of God’s word as testified to and defended by The Gospel According to the Gospel. This testimony comes in contrast to what is preached in other Christian circles concerning the conflict between James and Paul. These other Christian influences have separated into two different camps in radical opposition to each other. They have settled for the Compete Word of God. But the testimony to the purity of the gospel that is defended and expounder on here at The Gospel According to the Gospel doesn’t divide the gospel of scripture into two opposing theologies. Rather The Gospel According to the Gospel shows the unity of the gospel of scripture as the Complete Word of God. Sadly, even with the testimony of the harmonization of two opposing theologies, it is the gospel the church refuses to believe.
At odds in the church is the doctrine of works and the doctrine of grace. One part of the body of Christ teaches that works has nothing to do with our position before God, for it is by grace that we are saved. They give us the testimony of scripture.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
They boldly defend what Paul has written, they repeat over and over again it is not of works but grace we are saved. And so they should for our imputed righteousness is by grace alone.
On the other side of the coin we have those who say faith alone is not enough to justify a man. They quote scripture accurately that confirms this.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
They boldly defend what James has written, they repeat over and over again that faith without deeds is dead. And so they should for man is not justified by faith only.
So here we have what appears to be two hugely monumentally apposing doctrines of scripture resulting in the Compete Word of God.. The churches lack of understanding concerning its own hope of salvation and the covenant God gave Abraham brings into question the perfect word and testimony of God.
Due to this lack of understanding the Calvinist circles their wagons around Paul and vigorously fights off any opposing ideas of grace alone. They assume they are only fighting off Arminianism but the truth is, they are battling against what scripture clearly teaches. They twist and contort or ignore this word of God from James to defend their doctrine based on half of the whole council of God. They are the home team in the Compete Word of God.
Due to the lack of understanding and teaching by the Calvinist the Arminianist in their own lack of understanding circle their wagons around James. Arminianism fights off grace to defend works and makes it look like they are supporting a salvation based on works. They marginalize a fundamental truth concerning our faith and this is, it is by grace. They are the visiting team in the Compete Word of God.
There is a huge chasm that exist in Christianity today because neither side has taken the whole council of God rejecting the Complete Word of God. Nor do they understand what the gospel we find in our scriptures testify to. As testimony of the validity of The Gospel According to the Gospel as the whole council of God, these two apposing views will be brought into one gospel as scripture declares it. The dividing wall of hostility of man’s doctrines will give way to the gospel found in scripture, the Complete Word of God, within the context and example of the covenant that God made with our father Abraham as taught in our New Testament by our gospel writers.
We will discover that what God has done for Abraham and his descendents is no different that what He has done for us. And we will further discover what Hebrews testifies to.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
That is our gospel was preached to those at Mt. Sinai as well as to us. We will discover what is testified to in the New Testament of the gospel Paul preached when it says of him, when he finally made it to Rome, that he preached from the Law of Moses and the prophets.
And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.