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The Ingredient Missing in the False Gospel of "Love"

Updated on December 5, 2016

There are many who talk about love as their “gospel.” While they are sincere and even noble in their effort to portray their love to those around them, they are direly missing something. The churches of men preach about Christ and the love that he demonstrated, but their deeds do not portray genuine godly love. It is a counterfeit love. They speak hollow words because the antecedent to real genuine biblical love is missing in their doctrine. Without it, the emphasis to have love in their lives will be a fruitless endeavor, even when they say, All we got to do is preach love.”

It is true there are hundreds of Bible verses that accentuate the importance of love, but without the important ingredient that makes up genuine love, it is considered worthless to God.

The False Gospel

Unfortunately, the leaven of the false gospel of love has been plaguing the modern church and the result are prideful flags that are raised high for all to see. They do not understand the definition of biblical love; therefore, the doctrine that they preach is separated from God’s standard to a more appealing man-made universal definition. They believe if they have this “love” that they are true believers without any concern for correct doctrine.

A new commandment I give to you, that you LOVE ONE ANOTHER: JUST AS I LOVED YOU, YOU ALSO ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. BY THIS ALL PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35

From these verses alone, many believe that they qualify as being disciples of Christ.

Could it be that simple?

Is that all we need to do, just love one another?

The problem is that on the surface when these verses are left in isolation without deeper investigation, the false gospel of love will be deemed as the same as having the true love of Christ. All you have to do is step into one of the buildings of the modern church system and you will hear the anthems of their counterfeit gospel that are sung to the roof tops.

By digging deeper into God’s word, there is something revealed that is missing from the counterfeit gospel of love that exposes the modern church systems error.

Christ is looking for something first in us before he will recognize our love as genuine.

Have you guessed, or figured out what that is yet?

The first clue is knowing who Christ's disciples are. It says in the above verse that all people will know who they are based on the love that they have; therefore, knowing the conditions to being a disciple is paramount.

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “IF YOU ABIDE IN MY WORD, YOU ARE TRULY MY DISCIPLES – John 8:31

It is clearly evident that those that abide in God’s word are Christ's true disciples because the result manifests into the most important trait that must precede having the true love of God within us.


This may come as a shock to those who claim to have the “love of Jesus,” but you cannot have it without abiding in God’s word first that will lead you into His truth. The condition is IF, and THEN, “you are truly my disciples.” The carnal Christian will be at enmity with this because they want the relative truth of their own opinion of what love is. Unfortunately, many are too carnal minded and have no desire to be subject to the truth, but those who are open to truth will become uncomfortable, be convicted and repent of their false doctrine.

THE NATURAL PERSON DOES NOT ACCEPT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD, FOR THEY ARE FOLLY TO HIM, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14

If the truth of God is not attractive, then it follows that His love will not be attractive to most as well. What man has done is that they have created their own version of God’s love by neglecting the truth. They have created the social gospel of love that is meant to appeal to everyone. The result manifests in the masses entering into religious spiritual bondage because their truth is relative. They do no have the genuine truth that will set them free.

Showing the true and genuine love of God comes by the leading of the Holy Spirit that guides us into the knowledge of His truth concerning His love.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another HELPER, to be with you forever, even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. – John 14:16-17


There are many who profess the “love of Jesus,” but have no interest in understanding the truth that is in God’s word. They stand on man’s traditions to define what love is. God’s love can only be perfected in those who are obedient to Him.

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM – 1 John 2:4

The Cart before the Horse

Without being obedient to the doctrine that God has given us, the truth will not be in us. Without truth, we cannot have the knowledge of His love. Without the knowledge of His love, any love apart from His love is a counterfeit one that has no value, or place in His Kingdom. When we have the word of God embedded in our hearts, the truth will be within us. This is the most import thing to have because truth is the umbrella over love.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. THIS IS THE GREAT AND FIRST COMMANDMENT. And a SECOND is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40

Christ refutes the counterfeit gospel of love in the above verse.

Do you notice that He doesn’t say that we are to love our neighbor first, but to love God first?

How many falsely believe that they have God’s love within them, but they actually have rejected God and His truth through disobedience?

False Claims from False Churches

Those stressing the importance of love is meaningless when ignoring and neglecting God’s doctrine that He has given us as a standard to live by. As a result, they cannot be perfected in God’s love. The churches of men have perfected their art of sophistry on love, but it is a means to God’s wrath. Every false church doctrine is solely about love without the truth. They have put the cart before the horse where love absorbs everybody’s differences into one ecumenical cesspool.

The ekklesia's precedence is the truth. They understand that without it, they are in bondage. They know that true love is the offspring of truth.

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and TESTIFIED TO YOUR TRUTH, as indeed you are WALKING IN THE TRUTH. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are WALKING IN THE TRUTH. – 3 John 3-4

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but IN DEED AND IN TRUTH. – 1 John 3:18

When we just love in our words, it means nothing to God unless our deeds portray love in truth.

When we walk in obedience to God by applying His truth, His perfected love will manifest in us and we will be pleasing in His sight.

We keep his commandments and DO WHAT PLEASES HIM. – 1 John 3:22

The blessings of God come from abiding in His truth and in His love. It will bring blessing, fruit and maturity in every believer. Being pleasing to God is contingent on abiding continually in His truth.

The devil’s gospel emphasizes love, while distracting many away from abiding in truth. Without God's truth, we cannot have His genuine love perfected in us. Any deviation from this is counterfeit love.

Are you abiding in God’s truth first so that you may know His love?

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- I agree with your reply and with celafoe.

      God bless

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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      Planks- that was a perfect example of why this message is so needed , thanks for doing it.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Thanks for the encouragement.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Jesus Christ's love never interfered with truth. The love in truth that He preached was often deemed controversial, unpopular and even dangerous because it was tough love.

      In fact, Jesus did not condone and tolerate what was taught by the religious leaders of that day. Today, we should apply His example and do the same. We need to reject the "alternative truths." The truth of God is absolute and does not change to man's ideologies. There is only one true faith that is by the narrow way that leads to life.

      Thank-you for commenting.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      When the little leaven is not purged right away, the result is no longer belonging to God. The Kingdom of God does not mix the holy and profane together.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      You are right. The problem that many people have is in how they interpret love. There are four different types of love in Scripture (agape, storge, philia and eros), but one of the main types of love in the NT is agape. It is not based on personal feelings, but how many seek after their emotions to validate what "love" is?

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      This article was inspired from one of the commentators in your latest article. Thanks for taking the time to read the article. God Bless.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I have to agree with graceinus.The nails just keep being driven deeper and deeper. Thank you.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- I also wanted to say that you do have this nack for hitting the nail on the head again and again. Great article, brother.

      God bless again.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- The problem within the modern church today that teach on love is the fact that it's used to accept or impose tolerance. To be tolerable towards things that are evil. In other words to love is to show tolerance to evil that come in many forms or in false doctrine of any religion. If one tolerates, then they are respected by their fellow christian peers. So, the more you tolerate means the more you love and the more you love the more you are a christian. I believe this could be the foundation on the love doctrine we see in today's churches.

      It is often said that christian must RESPECT and TOLERATE other faith. And by doing so we are demonstrating love towards our "neighbour." And I believe this is one of the areas where the problem lies.If one tolerate falsehoods within modren churches then we will also tolerate evil in other areas of life too.

      For sure this is not the kind love Jesus Christ meant in regards to loving our neighbour. Jesus Christ loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross. Not because we were tolerated.

      God bless

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      7 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. Galatians 5:7-8

      These words sum up everything that today's purveyors of division preach in the corporate church.

      They preach a false love because they do not preach or obey the truth. Their message did NOT come from God. And their false doctrine is the leaven that destroys all who align with their teaching.

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      Alexander Gibb 3 years ago from UK

      Certainly a message for today.

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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      Amen and Amen