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A Gospel That Brings A Curse

I am saddened when I hear people telling others they can be saved without repenting. I’m sure they don’t REALIZE that’s what they’re saying, but by leaving out repentance, that’s what they’re implying.  Romans 10:9 is preached alone, excluding the rest of God’s Word . . .

‘That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.’

Yes, this is an integral PART of conversion–if you don’t believe that Jesus paid the price for your sins, then you can not be saved.  There IS only one way, and one mediator between God and men:  Jesus Christ.

But Jesus himself taught that we must repent:

‘From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, REPENT: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. ‘  (Matthew 4:17)

‘And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, EXCEPT YE REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, EXCEPT YE REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish.’  (Luke 13:2-5)

Jesus sent out the disciples two by two

‘And they went out, and preached that men should REPENT.’  (Mark 6:12)

Jesus didn’t go around saying ‘believe in me and you shall be saved’.  Neither did the disciples say ‘believe in Jesus and you shall be saved’.  They said ‘repent’.  The disciples and early church continued to preach repentance:

‘Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’  (Acts 2:38)

‘REPENT ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;’  (Acts 3:19)

‘And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to REPENT:’  (Acts 17:30)

‘But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.’  (Acts 26:20)

The reason I’m harping on this, is that the churches now, for the most part, don’t preach repentance.  We don’t have a bunch of ‘carnal Christians’ in the churches . . . we  have a bunch of people that have never been completely converted! When we believe, we’re as saved as demons–in other words, we’re NOT!  (Maybe that’s why so many so-called ‘Christians’ live like the devil.)

‘Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.’  (James 2:19

There is more to being converted than just believing.  Believing is only the first step.  ‘After that, we must ‘repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.’

I hope you’ll give this thought, prayer, and study.  If we preach a gospel that doesn’t include repentance, we’re preaching ‘another gospel’ and that is a VERY serious thing! The penalty for preaching a false gospel is just as serious as the penalty for adding to, or taking away from, God’s Word.

‘But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be ACCURSED.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be ACCURSED.’  (Galatians 1:8-9)

If that’s what you’ve been doing, it’s probably because that’s what you were taught–but now you know . . . DON’T do it anymore!  Repent and seek forgiveness–and pray for those you may have unintentionally misled.

Here’s The Deal . . .

The Deal is that man & woman (Adam & Eve) were created good, and pure.  They were allowed to live, protected, in a perfect environment & were given free will.

CENTRAL to God’s plan for people is their FREE WILL!

God set before them a choice-to have a relationship with Him, on His terms, or to follow their own desires. They chose the latter, thereby severing the relationship with God and choosing, ultimately, death.

But God loved them and knew the horrible fate to which they would be consigned-and all of their descendants as well.  I believe His heart was grieved for all of mankind that would follow, already sentenced to death and cut off from relationship with Him.  (Since Adam’s choice, all people are born with a ‘sin nature’ and each will ultimately commit sin him/herself.  Once a person knowingly sins, they are cut off from relationship with God.)

He had known, sadly, when He created them that this is the path they would take and so, when He created them He already had in mind a plan to bring about good for them, in spite of the choice they would make.  Although angry with Adam & Eve, He still loved them and His heart overflowed with forgiveness.

In order for mankind to be reconciled to Him, He would have to come to earth, live a sinless life in a human body of His own, and pay for the sins of all mankind by surrendering Himself to death and hell.

So, He chose a virgin and, by His Spirit, conceived a child within her. The Son, (part of God, who is a triune being–Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who had lived in Heaven, now came to earth in a body of flesh.  He lived a sinless life so that His death could pay the price for the sins of all mankind and so that they could be set free-if they choose.

He surrendered His body and spirit and paid the price for the sins of EVERY person that ever had lived, or ever would live.   He spent 3 days in the grave,  triumphed over Satan, and was resurrected.  He spent a short time on the earth with his disciples after His resurrection, and then ascended into heaven.

To be reconciled to God you

  • admit and repent of your sins (be sorry about them, confess them, and ask forgiveness for them, and make up your mind not to live that way anymore)
  • believe that Jesus  is God, that He came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died to pay for your sins
  • be baptized in Jesus’ name
  • continue in obedience to His Commandments

It’s that simple.  You could compare it to someone buying you an all expenses paid vacation to the Bahamas.  But you won’t wake up on the beach unless you accept their gift, take the ticket, pack your bags and get on the plane.  Although the price has paid, you still have to make the choice and do your part.

When we repent, confess, and are baptized in Jesus’ name, we receive the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit leads us in righteousness, opens our understanding of the Bible, and empowers us to live right.  However, God never takes away our free will.  We still have to choose, daily, to do the right things.  We must resist the devil and choose not to sin.  (The longer we do this, the less difficult it will be.)  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to do so.

We must endure to the end to be saved.  For this reason it is vital that we pray often, and read the Bible to understand what God expects of us.  It is through the reading and study of the Bible that our minds are transformed and we grow spiritually.  Ask Him to connect you with other true Christians for friendship and spiritual support (compare their actions to Galatians 5:22-24 to see if they are TRUE Christians that will be a good example to you).  Be faithful to God.  CHOOSE to obey Him, and ‘say no’ to sin.  Without holiness, no one will see God.  Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself–and be sure to share the gospel message with others!

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