Among Christians there are competing gospels out there, each claiming to be true. Each has a portion of truth. Currently, the four most common false gospels in the West are the prosperity gospel, the nationalist gospel, the justice gospel and the racial gospel. It is good to be reminded that there is only one gospel that is true. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul says it this way: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
Paul also says this: “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-10)
Take a moment to reflect and ponder these questions:
- What gospels do you see being propagated in your context?
- What insights do the above passages provide you?
- How do Paul’s strong words in the Galatians passage above make you feel?
- What gospel do you follow?
- Take a moment to thank the Lord for His work on the Cross.
Maranatha (Come Lord!)