So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.” Colossians 1:28-29 NLT
The gospel is summed up in one word - Christ. Nothing more, nothing less. Anything other than Christ, Him crucified, dead, buried, and risen from the dead is a false gospel. Nothing else is the truth. Only the message of Christ Jesus can convict a heart of sin, cleanse that heart from sin, and consecrate someone for service to God. We cannot stray from the original message of the gospel. We must guard the message against intrusion from those who would seek to deviate from Christ and substitute a perverted version for the authentic Jesus. There are many who claim to believe in Jesus who also believe He isn't the only way to eternal life. They believe that He is one path to God. There are those who believe that Jesus was a good man that taught good things but don't believe He is the the eternal God who holds the power of life and death in His hands. There are those who believe that Jesus forgives sins but that you must also keep doing good deeds in order to earn your way to heaven. Paul dealt with this kind of group in the book of Galatians. Paul states “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.” Galatians 1:6-9 NLT The original message of Jesus was that He was God who became a man through virgin birth, lived a sinless life, died as a substitute for the sins of mankind, was buried, resurrected from the dead, has ascended into heaven, and will return one glorious day. The only hope of humanity is Jesus Christ!!! Buddha can't save us, Alah and Muhammad can't save us, Ghandi can't save us. Only Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God can redeem us from sin. Paul went to every length possible to defend the message of Christ, the cross, and the resurrection. Christianity rises or falls by what is preached concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. He was no mere man. He was God in a man's body, defeating sin on its own turf. He is the Triumphant Lord who saves. His name itself means "The Lord who saves". Let us worship Him, live for Him, and preach loud, long, and strong that there is no other salvation!!!
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Rev. Curtis Norris