Exclusively Authentic Gospel
Are there really many gospels: many ways to God? The Apostle Paul said, ‘No’! He was convinced that Jesus is the only way to God’s kingdom, and that His death on the cross was full payment for the sins of the world – God’s way of rescuing us from the evil in the world (Galatians 1:3-5). He asserted that there is no other gospel: and that anyone who should suggest a different way, or devalued the work of Christ on the cross - should be eternally damned.
The Holy Spirit made Paul so sure of this that he went so far as to curse himself if he should ever move from the gospel which Jesus had revealed to him. Even if an angel should bring a different message he should also be condemned to hell along with Satan. And so the false teachers, who denied that Jesus was God and the only acceptable sacrifice for sin, or who forced Christian Gentiles to follow the Jewish law, were as unacceptable to God as the devil.
This is very strong language indeed. It was designed to stop the believers tolerating false teachers who undermined the church and led people astray. We need to hear the same warning. While there are many expressions of church and styles of worship, there can only be one true gospel. Yet there are many teachers who either subtract from the gospel or add to it. All their changes will appeal to some people; but they do not appeal to the God who will judge them, and those who follow them. We must stop being naïve. If preachers teach a different gospel to what Paul so fully describes in his letters, then they are deluded, dangerous and destined for judgement. Pray that you will not be trapped by them; and pray that they will repent.
© Dr Paul Adams