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The False Gospel - The Subtractions
The Gospel in the church system today is not the true Gospel, yet it is proclaimed almost everywhere. Those in the system will say, ‘But my church preaches the Gospel.’ In truth, it is only bits and pieces of the genuine Gospel that misses many of the key components given through Christ and the apostles.
Carnal man has stripped away its essentials to a more palatable ‘soul-winning’ version. Unfortunately, this bastardized Gospel is hidden in plain site where virtually all are unaware of the abomination that it is. Another Gospel and another Jesus have been indoctrinated and sold the masses as a religious product.
We must sound the alarm on those who insist on the counterfeit and admonish those who will listen to weigh and test all things through the filter of God’s word.
During the time of the early ekklesia, error had crept in where men started to redefine, change, add and subtract new practices that deviated away from the true Gospel. Error started to choke out the purity of what Christ had done.
Today, the man-driven church system looks nothing like the standard that God gave to His ekklesia through Christ, but has become a bastardized version of it.
The Pure White Building
Think of a pure white building that we will call the pure Gospel. It is pure white because it has no additions, subtractions or deviations.
What happens when someone comes along and paints or adds a different patch of colour on the building?
Although it does not cover the entire building, another colour has been put on the backdrop of pure white that makes it really stand out. More attention is put on that particular colour than the pure white. As time goes on, others come along and put their own patches of colour on it also. What was once a pure unadulterated white building is now cluttered with a collage of images, symbols and colours that have nothing to do with pure white at all. The pure white backdrop gets lost behind the clutter of man-made images and traditions. The unfortunate thing is that the building is no longer pure white, but is still is called the Gospel. A bastardized Gospel has been created in the image of man and no longer represents what Christ has done, but highlights and promotes what man is doing instead.
The antichrist Gospel is an alluring and glitzy message that appeals to many. It has so many additions, subtractions and deviations that it has become a tangled mess that has long departed from the spirit of Truth. Many are in a spiritual slumber being lulled by Satan away from clarity of a sound mind and purity of thinking because they have allowed themselves to become enslaved in spiritual Babylon.
The Bastardized Gospel
It is centered on the agenda of man. It is a me-centered message that weakens, dilutes and undermines the true Gospel of Christ. The deception of this Gospel is that it cloaks itself by using the same terms as the pure Gospel, but appeals to the carnal self. It is a Gospel that is man-controlled that promises programs to improve and motivate people to make them feel good about themselves.
It abandons what Christ has done, the essentials of dying to self, confessing our sins, repenting and being made new in mind and spirit. It is in direct opposition to Christ because it focuses on man. It allows man to be in control and call the shots rather than Christ.
It is shallow and cheap and focuses on man’s temporal needs. The counterfeit is easy to swallow and comes with first-class service from salaried clergy. There is a smorgasbord of activities to choose from concerts, revival meetings, crusades, charities, etc, as a means of attaining salvation.
The wolves in sheep’s clothing go ahead of God and make a lost soul a piece of merchandise for their own profit. Once the gullible enter into their four-walled environments, they are hustled to buy their many religious wares. The bastardized Gospel is mass-marketed with a never ending glossy assortment of books, CD’s, DVD’s and many forms of entertainment to add revenue streams to the religious corporate agenda. The CEO Pastor gets giddy when new people coming through the doors as potential members who will help fill the offering plates.
The church podium is a means to embellish and promote ministries for the monetary. Money-making schemes bilk people of their hard-earned money as they fall for the sales tactics of the clergy. Promotional stunts pull on heart strings to get emotions inflated. Again, this is the opportune time to pass around the offering plates.
Many unfortunately believe that they are to function in the same way as worldly organizations with board members, CEO’s and professional salaried staff for the Gospel to function properly. They view ‘ministry’ as a vocation or as a lucrative career choice.
The antichrist Gospel is selfish and focuses on sacred buildings. People herd in through the doors to partake in warm and fuzzy environments to get admiration and accolades from their peers. Sentimental feelings take precedence over conviction of sin. They wait for their temporal fix of pabulum from the pulpit rather than seeking the face of God.
The counterfeit Gospel comes with membership rewards. The kingdom of spiritual Babylon has no responsibilities, just perks. Satan dangles the carrot and becomes the pied-piper as many naively hail the dark prince.
What has happened to the Gospel message of fessing-up and taking responsibility and ownership of our sins?
What has happened to the Gospel message of the requirements for entering the Kingdom of God?
What has happened to the Gospel message of the consequences of stubborn and willful disobedience?
The antichrist Gospel is in complete opposition to a sinner knowing what a wretched mess they are. It is complete opposition of having no hesitation about giving up a life that is yoked in the bondage to sin through the redeeming blood of Christ.
Most of all of today’s preaching subtracts from the purity of the true Gospel.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. – Matthew 16:23
Many don’t want to hear that they have to bear the cross of Christ in order to follow him. Dying to our carnal self would take away all the warm and fuzzies that many are used to in the professional church service. People want a painless process that is filled with bliss and blessings. They ignore the pattern that Christ has set for those who are truly willing to follow him. They don’t want to hear that there are conditions to salvation. They do not want to accept that we must take up our cross daily, crucify our flesh, deny ourselves and yield our wills to our Father in heaven.
When the cross of Christ is removed, an antichrist spirit takes its place. The visible symbol of the cross mounted on the wall in the church auditorium is the substitute. The distinction is that the symbol that hangs on the wall has been carved and manufactured by the hands of man; it is graven. The same symbol is used in all churches, but the irony is that it is also around the necks of rock-stars who openly mock Christ with their carnal hedonistic behaviours. Many blindly fall before a graven image carved and hewn from the hands of man.
The substitute of the cross is among the ranks of the phallic symbols of obelisks and other serpentine fertility symbols. The modern churches with their cathedrals and other sacred buildings are built with phallic steeple that gives homage to their antichrist Gospel that serves those who want their temporal needs fulfilled.
Removal of the Blood of Jesus Christ
The modern church has contaminated the blood of Christ. Christ satisfied the requirements of the Old Testament and brought in a new covenant. The antichrist Gospel gives man the authority to be the mediators between the people and God rather than Christ. Their leaders masquerade around as parading peacocks making themselves the redeemers. It is only Christ who can regenerate our degenerate carnal selves. False prophets make themselves gods among the men as bloodless Christs. They become the necessity for the people over the efficacy of the true Gospel. The bloodless Christs point to themselves and become the Gospel of the modern church that is in direct opposition to the principles of the Kingdom of God.
Removal of Guilt
Those in the modern church system do not want to hear that they are guilty. The fact is that most are completely unaware that they are sinning against God. They have chosen to follow an ‘angel of light’ that enables them to live life their own way with their own rules guilt free. The central credo is, ‘Do what thou wilt’ under the guise of glossy religious traditions. The Gospel of the ‘angel of light’ is in alignment with spiritual Babylon (the kingdom of darkness) where Satan has complete rule and authority. Satan gladly rewards those who follow and seek after temporal blessings that distract from looking at our wretched carnal selves who are in need of a Saviour.
Removal of Conviction
Conviction is easily removed from the pure Gospel through religious achievements, activities and experiences. Somehow, the action of going to church, feeding the homeless and partaking in social justice initiatives washes sins away. The true Gospel has been replaced and measured by what we do rather than by what Christ has done. The accolades of man hinder the Holy Spirit from convicting us of our sin.
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment - John 16:7-8
Removal of the Fear of God
The concept of tough love is a myth in the church system and has been replaced with an unconditional love that tolerates just about everything. God is no longer revered and feared. Admonishment, discipline, chastisement and even expulsion are replaced with, ‘Jesus is a friend of sinners.’ The ‘Jesus’ that is promoted is their ‘homeboy’ who is an easy-going guy who loves you just the way you are. In fact, you don’t have to change a thing.
The removal of the fear of God caters to a different god who accepts sin and everything else without the exclusive requirements of the true Gospel. It is a god that wants to keep those in bondage to sin under his dominion and control enslaving those within man-driven religious system.
Removal of Repentance
Repentance is the desire to leave a life that is in bondage to victory. It is a commitment to no longer participate in the carnal religious activities of man. It is resigning from working for the prince of darkness through Christ via the Holy Spirit to repentance by turning away from all the things that are not of God. Without repentance, there is no true believer, no conversion and no salvation in Christ no matter how many ways you want to spin it. Each man and woman must confess their own disobedience towards God and repent of it to be washed clean of our present and past sins.
Why is it that the supposed Gospel of the church system rarely mention repentance?
Repentance isn’t a vague acknowledgement at an altar-call or feeling sorry that you have sinned.
The problem is that most have no guilt. They are just sorry that they got caught.
Removal of Purity and Holiness
Christ was a perfect example of a man who was pure and holy before his Father. He practiced self-denial, self-control and gave up his rights and aligned them with the will of his Father.
The Holy Spirit does not take residence in a defiled vessel that has not been washed clean. We cannot follow the example of Christ, nor expand the Kingdom of God without fulfilling the requirements of being holy and acceptable before God. The counterfeit Gospel is lip service that you have accepted Christ. Apparently, that is good enough. In fact, all they say you have to do is recite the sinner’s prayer and you’re good to go. It even gets simpler, just raise your hand, make your way to the altar and bow down before a graven symbol of the cross that hangs upon the wall and make your decision to accept your own personal saviour at the feet of a salaried mediator called, ‘Pastor.’ After that, just come to church at least once a week and help fill the offering plates.
You can add all of these things into the mix, but without self-denial, the acceptance of Christ means absolutely nothing.
The Gospel of the modern church makes money from selling their wares that will enhance and make you thrive on their terms. You will be exalted and esteemed. However, the true Gospel is about the denial of self. It exalts and esteems the work of what Christ has done, not what man is doing.
Removal of Christ as Lord
Today, the church board has become lord. They decide matters of the faith with their own agendas and templates. The matters of worship are proclaimed upon a platform that caters to an audience that wants to be entertained. Everything is scripted and scheduled to a ‘t.’ The sophistry upon the pulpit is spun in a way that audience can place their orders off spiritual menus and submit them to their handlers. All they have to do is ring their little dinner bells and their personal Jesus will cater to all their temporal needs.
In contrast, the ekklesia are only led by the guidance and authority of Christ. The word of God is their final authority in all matters of the faith. Christ has the absolute authority over his body in all matters. His followers walk in submission to his commands by doing the work that he has commissioned them to do.
The church board and committee are counterfeit replacements. These imitations allow man to be in control. They want you to submit and be obedient to their visions, lordship and authority rather than submitting to Christ.
Removal of the Holy Spirit
The counterfeit antichrist Gospel puts man in place of the leading of the Holy Spirit. The professional salaried priest-class with their glittering titles have become the in-between instead of Christ. Church members have become solely dependent on these middle-men who deem themselves as prophets, priests and even to king-like status. They usurp the ministry of Christ through the Holy Spirit and mandate themselves as the teacher, counsellor, the anointer and comforter as the ones called to guide those in their versions of truth. Of course, this is all for the monetary.
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and YOU HAVE NO NEED that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. – 1 John 2:27
Christ is the only one we are to run to for redemption. Counterfeit ministries consist of proud unrepentant sinners who usurp the ministry of the Holy Spirit and set themselves upon high pedestals in man-made temples called, ‘church.’
The true and pure Gospel of Christ has been systematically removed in the the church system and replaced with a man-centered Gospel that has been given a makeover to suite the carnal desires of the people. All those that attend these buildings on prime pieces of real estate on every other street corner are under the influence of the hierarchical structure of the world system. It is a diversion from the true Gospel with all the additions, subtractions and deviations from the foundation that Christ and the apostles laid.
Please peruse Part 2 of this series - The Bastardized Gospel – The Additions
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