The False Gospel - The Subtractions
The "gospel" in the modern church system is not the true Gospel, but is proclaimed almost everywhere today. You will say, “but my church preaches the Gospel.” I would say, “you believe so, but the "gospel” in the modern church is only bits and pieces of the genuine Gospel that misses many of the key components that was 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” has been conditioned into the masses as an acceptable 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 genuine Gospel. Error started to choke out the purity of what Christ has done.
Today, the modern church system looks absolutely nothing like standard that God gave to His ekklesia through Christ, but has become a bastardized version of it.
Pure White Building
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, or subtractions.
What happens when someone comes along and paints, or adds a different patch of colour on the building?
It does not cover the entire building, but because it is on a backdrop of white, it will stand out. More attention is put on that colour than the pure white. As time goes on, others come along a spray their own patch of graffiti, or symbolism upon the building too. What was once a pure white building is now cluttered with a collage of images and symbols that have nothing to do with the pure Gospel at all. The pure white gets lost behind all the man-made additions. The unfortunate thing is that the name of the building is still called the Gospel, but no longer resemblance to the pure Gospel. This alternative "gospel" has been created in the image of man and no longer represents what Christ has done, but highlights what man is doing instead.
The antichrist “gospel” is an alluring and glitzy message that appeals to many. It has so many additions, or missing pieces 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"
The bastardized gospel is centred on the agenda of man. It is a me-centred message that weakens, dilutes and undermines the true Gospel of Christ. The deception of the me-centred “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.
The antichrist “gospel” abandons what Christ has done, the essentials of dying to ourselves and confessing our sins to, repenting and being made new in mind and spirit. The false “gospel” 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.
The antichrist “gospel” is shallow and cheap and focuses on man’s temporal needs. The counterfeit is easy to swallow and comes with first-class service with salaried clergy. There is a smorgasbord of activities to choose from. Everything 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 benefit. Once a gullible person enters into their four-walled environments, they are hustled to buy their religious wares. The bastardized “gospel” is mass-marketed with a never ending glossy assortment of books, CD’s, DVD’s and other forms of entertainment to add revenue to their corporate agenda. The CEO pastor gets giddy when new people come 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 money as they fall for the sales tactics of the clergy. Promotional stunts pull on heart strings to get emotions inflated. This is the opportune time to pass the 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 all Gospel to function properly. They view ministries as a vocation, or a career choice.
The antichrist “gospel” is selfish and focuses on a sacred building. People flock in through the doors to partake in a 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 pablum from the pulpit, rather than seeking the face of God.
The bastardized “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 for our own sin?
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 disobedience?
The antichrist “gospel” is in complete opposition to a sinner knowing what a wretched mess that 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 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 truly believe in 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 will to the Commander and Chief.
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 seductive displays of vulgarity. Many don’t realize that their graven cross exalts the time when the dark prince of this world attempted to remove Christ from the earth. The “T” represents Tammuz and is the substituted that represents satanic victory. Many blindly fall before this graven image carved and hewn by the hands of man.
The substituted image of the cross is among the ranks of the phallic symbols of the obelisk and other serpentine fertility symbols. The modern churches, cathedrals and buildings with their phallic steeples are giving homage to the bestial antichrist “gospel” that serves those who want their the 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 new one. The antichrist “gospel” gives man the authority to be the mediator between the people and God, rather than Christ. Their leaders masquerade around as pulpit peacocks as “redeemers” by promoting and entertaining mystical experiences. It is only Christ who can regenerate our degenerate carnal selves. These 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” are the gospel of the modern church that is in direct opposition to the expansion of the Kingdom of God.
Removal of Guilt
The modern church”does not want to hear that they are guilty. The fact is that most are completely unaware that they sinning against God. They have chosen to follow the angel of light that enables free-will to live your life your own way with your own rules, guilt free. 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 modern church 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 anything.
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 enslaved in spiritual Babylon.
Removal of Repentance
Repentance is the desire to leave a life that is in bondage to sin. It is a commitment to no longer participate in carnal activities of man. It is resigning from working for the prince of darkness with the ability through the grace of Christ via the Holy Spirit to leave and turn from all the thing that are bound to Satan. It is an outward action that manifests in a true believer. 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 individual sins and disobedience towards God and repent of them to be washed clean of our present and past sins.
Why is it that the “gospel” of the modern church 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 the Father. The Holy Spirit does not take residence in a defiled vessel that hasn’t been washed clean. We cannot follow the example of Christ, nor expand the Kingdom of God without fulfilling the requirement of being holy and acceptable before God. The counterfeit “gospel” says that if you just say that you have accepted Christ, then 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 their graven symbol of a cross that hangs upon the wall and make your decision to accept your own “personal saviour.” After that, just come at least once a week and fill the offering plate. This is a false and counterfeit “gospel.”
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 you their wares that will enhance and make you thrive on their terms. You will be exalted and esteemed, but 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 Jesus Christ as Lord
The church board is lord. They decide matters of the faith with pre-decided agendas. 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 the menus and submit them to “Jesus.” All we have to do is ring our little dinner bells and “Jesus” will cater to all our carnal temporal needs.
In contrast, the ekklesia are only led by the guidance and authority of Christ. The word of God is the 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 allows man to be in control. They want you to submit and be obedient to their lordship and authority, rather than submitting to the lordship and authority of Christ.
Removal of the Holy Spirit
The counterfeit antichrist “gospel” puts man in place of the leading of the Holy Spirit. The professional, salaried priestly 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 kinglike status. They usurp the ministry of the Holy Spirit and become our teachers, counselors, annointers and comforters who are "called" to guide us in “truth.”
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. He is our Comforter, Counselor and the Spirit of truth who is available to all without any man-made mediators getting in the way.
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.
The true and pure Gospel of Christ has been systematically removed from the modern church and replaced with a man-centred “gospel” that has been given a makeover to suite the carnalities of the people. The leaders and the people 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 worldly system ruled by the prince of darkness. It is a diversion from the true Gospel with all the subtractions and deviations from the foundation that Christ and his apostles died for.
Please peruse Part 2 of this series - The Bastardized Gospel – The Additions
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