Accountability to what gospel?

What gospel are we as believers accountable to?  Are we accountable to a gospel that teaches we, as those on the narrow path, are forever in God’s grace and are bound to forever be in the presence of Christ?  Which is not a teaching of Christ, for Christ Himself said that not all who have left the wide path will find themselves going through the narrow gate.  In fact, Christ tells those on the narrow path to make every effort to make it through the narrow gate.  Of course the words “strive” or “make every effort” will throw many into confusions or fits, because our salvation is not of any effort of our own. 

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.[1]

Now I am with those who say our salvation has nothing to with us.  But only in this sense, God has done what we could not do to provide a way of salvation for mankind. Continue reading

Sanctification, the blood, forgiven, imputed righteousness and salvation

I recently posted comments from Peter concerning our salvation and how he doesn’t relate salvation to the believer in any way as taught in Christianity.  Christianity teaches that, at a minimal, believers are saved at conversion.  Others say that they were saved, are being saved and will be saved.  Peter says none of this concerning our salvation.  Instead in the first chapter of I Peter we find him talking about a coming salvation and how we are receiving not the beginning of our faith but the end of our faith concerning our salvation.  In Peter’s eyes, we were born again into a living hope with an inheritance kept for us in heaven.

Unfortunately, Robert like so many believers think my position of the timing of salvation, means that I teach forgiveness by the blood of Christ and His imputed righteousness is not instantaneous at conversion.  Instead because of this understanding of the church, it is implied that I teach this, although nowhere have I ever taught this.  Simply because they can not separate those things from salvation.  They have not seen in scripture where there is a group of people who were imputed righteousness by God and most of them still died in their sins.

I further advocate that believers will not find any teaching coming either from Peter or any other writers of the New Testament about three tenses of salvation. Continue reading

Consequences of salvation

Gospel

In yesterdays post 1 Peter chapter one and the three tenses of salvation I talked about how Peter did not speak of three tenses of salvation as taught by the Calvinist.  That Peter saw election and God’s foreknowledge working with a gospel of hope unto one tense of salvation.  This salvation is a future event to come at Christ return.  It doesn’t even happen at the altar of conversion but becomes for us a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

I felt the article was undone so I want to draw your attention to the new section entitled What does this mean for believers?  I encourage you to reread the whole article to grasp the whole consequence of the truth we see in the gospel of scripture compared to the gospel of men.  Then decide what gospel you will follow.  Also notice the link to my previous article, when rereading, called The three red flags on the three tenses of salvation in order to get an even wider range of scripture to consider when comparing the gospel of men to The Gospel According to the Gospel.

You decide, what will be your gospel?

Gospel or not, that is the question

This post is written in response to those who say I do not preach the gospel.  But as you read, ask yourself, Is this the gospel?  Let me know what you think.

I can not imagine there is anybody who says they follow Christ who knowingly or deliberately follows a heresy.  Men become convinced of their beliefs with strong convictions based on what they have come to know.  Yet we know there are many false teachings in Christendom.  Even though there is a multitude of people chasing after these false teachings, they are convinced they are following a true teaching of scripture.  But alas convictions do not make truth.  Truth is truth because it is true, even when men by the multitudes reject it for that which is false, it is still true.

Paul say to those he preached the gospel to they are saved if they keep in memory his gospel.  If they do not keep to his gospel, if they some how stray from his teachings, they will have believed in vain.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.[1]

I in my heart of hearts believe I am in keeping with the gospel Paul preached on my web site The Gospel According to the Gospel.  Even though this is my conviction, it doesn’t make it true.  As I stated earlier, convictions do not make truth. 

I have watched as others have wrestled with my beliefs as I have communicated on my blog.  To be honest, I am not sure if it how I share these beliefs, the beliefs themselves or a combination of both.  I have been taken back by others insistence that I have somehow strayed from the gospel of Paul.  Such conclusions seem ironic to me, since it is the teachings of Paul that has persuaded me of my beliefs.

Most reactions to the gospel I advocate are strong indeed.  Strong not in a confirming manner but a condemning manner.  It is my desire to lay out for my detractors, who are concerned that I have separated myself from the gospel Paul preached, what it was that Paul preached.  I hope those who are close to me and those who are afar, who have been offended by my zeal by my insistence I have the true gospel of Paul, will take the time to read this lengthy abbreviated gospel of Paul to clear me of any accusations of being in a state of spiritual duress.  That I might once again gain the respect of those I love and not be seen as a tragedy and a thing to be pitied.  But rather rejoice with me in zeal and fervor for the one true gospel of scripture.  Click the below link for the rest of this post. Continue reading

Of whose seed is Jesus?

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I admittedly advocate a gospel that is different than what we have preached to us in churches.  I believe scripture teaches that we gentiles are grafted into a covenant of righteousness that did not start with Christ, but Abraham.  I have written extensively of how we gentiles are now included in this blessing through Christ who has become our minister of circumcision.  This sounds so offensive to many, but I have put scripture and verse on these beliefs of mine.

I believe that I defend the gospel that Paul was preaching in the last book of Acts towards the end of His life, when He finally made it to Rome.  In Rome he preached our New Testament gospel from the Law of Moses and the prophets.  I have written how his gospel preached in Rome from the books of Moses is found in his writings.  Even the above paragraph is part of this gospel.

I have marveled on page how this gospel that Paul preached from the books of Moses has been overlooked and offends us who say we put our hope in the gospel.  I have written how Abraham is used as our example of faith, our example of righteousness that comes from faith.  He was the one given the covenant with God that we gentiles now share in.  How God did not come to make gentiles believers in and of themselves, but believers through the promise and blessing given to Abraham.  This is why we are called the children of Abraham who are not the children of Abraham.

I could go on about how he is our example of hope in the promises of God.  How he did not even receive one square foot of ground from God but he did not wavier in his faith, because he his confidence was not in the fulfilled promise but the one who made the promise, yet to be fulfilled.  I believe this directly relates to us in our hope of salvation.  This of course sends people over the edge. 

They can not imagine that in our gospel God speaks things that are not as if they were.  They reject the idea that we have faith in the promise of salvation, they instead say we have faith in what we have, even though scripture teaches the opposite.  Scripture is clear faith is hope put in what we do not have, what is unseen, unfulfilled but promised by God.

It is for this gospel that not only I but my wife has been greatly abused by other believers.  I am called dangerous.  Because of this belief in what I read in scripture my family has been cut off from other believers.  And they do this justifying their positions by letting me know they don’t want to talk about it.  At all!  So we can not come together as believers to discus God’s word, for apparently I have gotten my information from a source other than scripture.

I doubt any believer goes to God more than I do concerning what they believe.  I go back and back and back to God asking Him if I have His one true gospel of scripture.  If I don’t I plead with Him to give it to me.  I with an open heart ask Him to change my understanding of scripture if I believe in something wrong.  But if He has me on the right track, I want Him to confirm it to me again.

I can not read scriptures without being unsuspectedly jumped by the word of God.  What I have given a brief summary of keeps popping off the pages when I read.  I can not escape it.  It is always there before my eyes.

I am reading in the book of Hebrews and I am reading about Jesus and how He is lower than the angels and made perfect through suffering.  How all things are subject to Him now but not all things are seen under subjection to Him yet.  Reading on I come across a description of Jesus.  It says that Jesus is the seed of man?  How about the seed of Adam?  Maybe it would be a seed of Noah, since all mankind comes from him too?  No, it was not to any of these that the writer of Hebrews says Jesus is a seed of.  Scripture teaches Jesus did not take on the nature of angles but He took on himself the seed of Abraham.

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.[1]

Jesus took on Himself the seed of him to whom the promise was given.  He took on Himself the seed of him whom Paul teaches was given a seal of righteousness called circumcision.  Jesus took on Himself the seed of him who we gentiles are now the seed of through Christ.  Jesus has ministered to us gentiles and the Jew as a minister of circumcision given to Abraham, when He took on the seed of Abraham.

And why the seed of Abraham?  Abraham and his offspring were given the covenant of righteousness in circumcision and his descendents the Law through Moses.  The Law being a shadow of Christ pointed to the day that Christ would be our high priest and make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  God was showing through the Law until the time of Christ, how God would fulfill the promise of imputed righteousness in circumcision for the sins of the people.  This is why Paul calls Him the minister of circumcision.

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.[2]

There is no other people group who has this promise, this covenant from God that Jesus could be the seed of.  God wouldn’t want His Son to be the seed of Adam or man because there is no covenant there.  This is why our gospel talks so much of Abraham, circumcision and faith in what is hoped in. 

This gospel will not let me escape its grasp.  Even when I time after time after time go before God in serious pray, asking Him to give me the true gospel if I have fallen astray.

Those who are so quick to be repulsed by my beliefs and understanding of the gospel, even though I present scripture upon scripture upon scripture to you, did not pray once to ask God to examine you or to give you His one true gospel.  But you sure are quick to rebuke me for a gospel that begins with Abraham.

Instead of defending what you know, why don’t you go to God with the scripture I present to you concerning what Paul preached from the Law of Moses and the prophets and ask Him if maybe you have not understood scripture.  Instead of immediate criticism why don’t you spend time before the Lord?  After all, is it not the goal to know the revelation of God through scripture?  Or to argue what we know and ignore scripture?


[1] Hebrews 2:16

[2] Hebrews 2:17

Satan’s parallax view on your children

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It don’t matter to me, if you take up with some one who is better than me.  Cause your happiness is all I want, for you to find…  Lot of people have a legal hang up cause they want to be the only one.  How many came before it really doesn’t matter just as long as you’re the last.  Everybody is moving on trying to find what’s been missing in the past.

Those words became popular in society through the pop hit “It doesn’t matter to me” by the band Bread.  This song is now lost in the almost unknowable amount of songs that glorify “romance” in our culture.  But it is not so much romance but a liberty to be free from Godly commitment in sexual relationships.  Thanks to the direction this nation is headed in, we have a plethora of T. V. and internet inducements as well to be involved in infidelity either in mind or in deed.

Make no mistake, we are under attack.  This is not friendly fire.  We are in the parallax view of one of the most destructive weapons to the church.  The goal is not your destruction.  Oh no, by no means.  Statistically you have a fifty percent chance of already being considered a bull’s eye.  The emphasis of this attack is your children.

Oh how lightly we pass our indulgences off as needing to find happiness.  After all God wants you to be happy, doesn’t He?  We confess we have needs too, and one ill deed begets another.  Soon we find culture is having a hard time keeping up with the church in its perversion of the marriage covenant.  All of this to destroy your children and send them to hell.  And we all thought it was about us.

Scripture declares that God has a purpose in Holy matrimony.  There is a reason God instituted the marriage covenant.  There is distinct purpose for the Lord to make the two become one flesh.  God did this because He was seeking Godly offspring.  And we think it is all about us.  But no, it isn’t just to keep us godly, it is because God wants godly offspring.

Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.[1]

Yes the institution of marriage is a beautiful thing.  A man and a woman can come together in a courtship with godly supervision.  The father is to protect his daughters under his roof with attentive care until she is properly given to a young man of God.  In this they will with clean hearts become one flesh and raise godly children.  And yes their lives will be full of true innocent romance.

Instead we have a culture so tumultuous turning and overturning itself in a desperate unprotected search for “love”.  One half or our media is consumed with finding love and the other half is dealing with broken hearts.  Most songs will fit into those two categories 

Our culture is left with a fifty percent divorce rate, unwed mothers, people cohabiting together and homosexuality.  Satan has surrounded the camp of society.  In the church he is in our midst, inside the camp.  But he doesn’t come to confront the church with full frontal nudity, it is just suggestive.  It was only a little homosexual humor.  We knew what was happening, they just didn’t show it.  And this we even let get spoon fed to our children.

We have forgotten how to blush even at commercials.  We feed sexual content to our children in commercials every ten minutes.  Not that all commercials are that way so it’s not that bad, right?  

We go to the altar of entertainment’s perversion so frequently that the statistics say that average father spends less than eleven minutes in meaningful conversation with his children for the whole day.  However our children watch six hours of TV a day.  So much for fathers teaching their children of the Lord.  And we think fornication is all about us.  It is about our children.

We have shown our children that we are hypocrites, that we do not really believe what say we believe.  We show them God’s word is folly to us.  Oh yes we go to church and sing praises to His name and are actively involved.  But in our private lives we don’t have an honest parent to child conversation that last more than eleven minutes.  Of that how much is instructions in the Lord?  Instead we give our children to Howard Stern and other trashy filth in the morning radio shows.  Let them feast on promiscuity in school.  Then top it off with a steady diet of TV as their reward once homework is done. 

And we think our double mindedness and little indulgences here and there are only about us.  We think our right to be happy with the one we are with concerns us.  It is about our children.  What a shame that even in church, a true godly young man or woman with a passion for knowing God seems extraordinary to us. 

I have two messages I would like to leave you with.  First of all to the younger crowd.  Forsake the god of your fathers.  Do not do what your fathers do.  Don’t think romance is all about you, it is not.  Vow yourself to the God of scripture who calls His people to live Holy and being separated.  Do not give your children into the hands of their devourer because you did not honor the marriage bed.  Pledge in your heart that you will be godly in your relationships and entertainment.  It is not just about you, it is about your children.

My second message is to us all.  Give up the sin that so easily entangle us.  Television is not wholesome.  Unplug the cable and turn off the satellite.  If you want television, there are plenty of wholesome shows from yesteryear that you can buy to watch.  Enjoy a good show with your family without having to be exposed to sexual content in commercials every ten minutes.

Read to and with your children.  Read and study God’s word with your children.  Pray as you come together as a family.  Let your children see you read and study God’s word for yourself.  Let your children see you love your spouse.  They can not see it when we are watching flesh.  How can we expect our children to honor the marriage bed if we will not in our pursuit of so called entertainment?

But alas, I am asking you for the impossible.  There is no way you can do this.  Unless you walk in the Spirit.  If the Spirit of God is in you, you will not satisfy the desires of the flesh.  If He is not in you, you will not be inclined to change and will excuse your continued walking in the flesh.  You will reject this and any call to live godly and raise godly children.  You will assume your children’s relationship with God will be by osmosis’s in church.  Not by an actual lifestyle and participation in their lives.  Satan will have want He wants.  He will have your children like he already has you.

If your find yourself in a place you wish not to be, if your have slipped backwards and not gone forward there is a refreshing place to change your hearts.  Are you tired or going to church only to feel God does not see, that He does not hear or pay attention to you and your needs where you are?  There is a rest to find.  If you have given into the lie of worldly romance, worldly entertainment, little indulgences here and there.  It you have children who care not for the Lord or if your own heart is calloused, ask God to search your heart.  If you have tears let it not be because God does not hear you, let it be because you have left Him for the simply average American Christian lifestyle.

Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.  You ask, “Why?” It is because the LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.[2]

If we have blown it in our walk the Lord and the Holy Spirit no longer convicts you when willingly participate in ungodly entertainment, if you have been trapped in the revolving door of marriage, if you have secret sins, cry out to the one who can save you.  He is the one who can give you a new heart.  Walk in the freshness of the Lord’s life giving Spirit.  Come to Him with a repentant heart and let Him heal you.  Don’t just seek Him, perhaps reach out to Him and find Him.


[1] Malachi 2:15

[2] Malachi 2:13-4

Has God really said?

As a follow up to yesterdays post, I would like to keep discussing God’s love for mankind and the dangers of heresy in the church that would unwittingly pervert the gospel we have received.

Our adversary, the devil, could not keep Christ from becoming our savior.  Christ has died to take away the sins of the world and there is nothing that can be done about.  But this doesn’t keep him from spreading lies about what Christ has done and what it means for mankind.

There is a man of history who has bought into a lie from Satan concerning the love of God and the sacrifice He has made for mankind.  Calvin bought into the lie that Christ did not die for every man.  Somehow he had persuaded himself, like Eve in the garden, that God’s word doesn’t really mean what it says.  The phrase is the same, “Did God really say.”

The teaching of this man Calvin has grown into a doctrine unto itself.  There are vast number of professing bible believers who not only follow this doctrine of Calvin, they malign those of us who do not.  They accuse us who believe God so loved the whole world that, He died for the whole world and offers the whole world salvation as being ignorant of God’s word.

Satan in his lust to pervert God’s grace toward us has actually gotten a large part of believers to believe that Christ did not die for those who will never enter the kingdom of heaved.  They say Christ only died for those who will accept Him.  The Calvinist mumbles and jumbles and twist scripture to say what it does not.  So again the question is, has God really said?

Calvinism teaches that God’s grace is only for the elect and not the non-saved.  They would say that the unsaved has God’s mercy, as in the fact He hasn’t judge them yet and He lets it rain on the just an unjust alike.  But His grace is reserved solely for those who will come to a saving knowledge of Christ.  But has God really said that?

No He hasn’t.  The Holy Spirit has said to us that the grace of God is extended to everyman through Christ.  For Christ has tasted death for every man.  Not some, not elect, but every man.  So again, what has God really said?

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.[1]

The question for the Calvinist is, will you keep saying to yourself, has God really said and believe a lie straight from the father of lies?  Or will you embrace the gospel message that is presented by the Holy Spirit to us in scripture. Will you let God be God and give us His gospel message or will you now tell us that the word “every man” does not mean every man.  Just like the word “world” doesn’t mean world or the word “whoever” doesn’t mean whoever?  Will you always be stiff necked and say in your hearts, has God really said?

To those of you who love the Lord and His word and are seeing the lies of Calvinism in light of scripture, the Holy Spirit is calling you out of that religion of man.  Depart from this doctrine of man unto the life giving gospel message of the Holy Spirit that wishes to witness this to you on your heart of flesh.

If you are a Calvinist and the Holy Spirit is revealing His word to you, let those of us who follow this web sight know, so you can be encouraged and prayed for by these fellow believers in the true grace of God.  If you have questions in your search for the truth of scripture, ask, so readers of this blog can help you to come to a better understanding of God’s word.  Let you light then so shine that you too can minister to those who come out of her.  As it is written, come out of her my people.


[1] Hebrews 2:9