The Gospel Truth…

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“But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

~Matthew 15:13-14

 

It concerns me to no end…

The trend of some is to say a “Sinner’s prayer,” believing their sins are forgiven, snap up a bible and call themselves Christians. Further, a number of them begin to teach what they feel is the word of God when many haven’t even learned to follow it yet. This just isn’t right…

My dear friends, I don’t mean to sound so “flip” about it, in fact I apologize if it sounds as if that’s my attitude. But when the gospel truth is in jeopardy…when people’s very souls are in danger, it’s time to stand up for the Lord!

It’s time to break out that bible and study it in context for the full and complete truth.

Thanks to man’s additions, deletions, and out-of-context interpretations of scripture, we find ourselves with quite a confusing mess today. When it comes to worshiping God, and being saved as true Christians, many of us are “missing the mark.”

What’s more, when we profess to believe in and share incomplete (therefore false) doctrine with others, it puts souls in danger of eternal punishment.

Let me say this. I don’t profess to have all the answers to the mysteries of the word of God. But I can take the contextual message of the Lord’s gospel concerning salvation and apply it to what must be done to be a member of the body of Christ.

First, we must agree that everyone needs to obey the commands of God and follow the examples which have been recorded in the bible in order to be a true Christian. Even Jesus did the will of His Father and taught only God’s word in His earthly ministry. Because that is true, then we need to do the same to put us on the right track as His followers.

If we concur on that much, then what did Jesus teach us as His Father’s will concerning the Gospel of Christ? Well, lets start at the very beginning.

We need to hear the gospel message. And just what is the gospel as it is defined in the bible? It is really very simple. Actually, most of us already know and believe in it.

Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. He came to earth, became flesh, and dwelt among man, (John 1:14). He then handpicked disciples to teach God’s will, and set out as an example Himself, living the life God wants of us. Then, Jesus went to the cross and died a horrible death in order to cover the sins of all people with His shed blood.

Three days later, He arose from the grave of death and soon returned to the Father in heaven. But before He went, He commanded His disciples, (and all of us), to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and make them disciples of the word of God. It’s called “The Great Commission,” and it is found in (Matthew 28:16-20).

From then until the end of earthly time, it is now the followers of our Savior who must be His advocates and teach only the word of the Father to this lost and dying world. It can be a difficult job, and many people will turn us and our message away. But we all have some spiritual gifts we can use to fulfill our duties as Christians, (1 Corinthians 12:4-5).

But again, let us turn our attention to just how we become a true Christian and follower of the word of God. Considering the full context of this topic from scripture, there seems to be six parts to becoming a true member of the body of Christ. Let’s take a quick look at them here:

  1. Hear the word–Of course it makes sense that we would hear what the bible has to say about God and His will for us. Once we hear that message, we gain faith as it says in (Romans 10:17).
  2. Believe the word–Faith in the word of the Lord means to believe what our God has revealed to us. For unless we believe, we cannot be pleasing to God. This is told to us in (Hebrews 11:6, John 8:24).
  3. Repent of sins–This makes perfect sense. Once we read of the commands of God which we have broken, we will want to do our best to turn away from them. That doesn’t mean we won’t “slip” at times, but as Christians we have grace to forgive sins (Luke 13:3, Acts 17:30-31, Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:7).
  4. Confess Christ before men–Once we have come this far, where we don’t act, think, or even talk like people still in the “world,” some people will be curious as to why we don’t do these things. This is when we have the opportunity to tell people that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and we’ve decided to follow His teachings. This confession can also be made before the church congregation just before baptism (Matthew 10:32, Acts 8:37).
  5. Be baptized into Christ–It is surprising how many people who call themselves Christians don’t believe baptism is necessary for salvation! The entire theme, (context), of God’s word centers on entering into Christ by being buried with Him in baptism. Please read these scriptures: (Romans 6:3-5, Galatians 3:26-27, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 2:38). NOTE: According to the “Strong’s Greek reference, 907” baptism comes from the Greek word “baptizo,” which means to dip or submerge. That does away with the idea of “pouring” or “sprinkling” as true baptism.
  6. Live a Godly life–When we have done all of these things from a truly loving and sincere heart, we are now considered to be a saved Christian according to the will of God the Father! Now we have begun a new life, transformed from the “old man” of sin and death to the “new man” of salvation and eternal life. Surely we will want to live for God in the best way we can, keeping His commands, for that is how we show our love for Him, (John 14:15, Titus 2:11-14). 

There will be some who read this post and disagree with parts of it, if not all. However, please remember that this is not my will, nor any man’s word…it comes directly from the bible and has been supported by scripture.

It is not my desire to raise anger or endless debate with these words. I won’t engage in argument over this topic as it sets a poor example for any unbelievers who may be reading this. I simply want to state what the bible has to say concerning that which makes a true Christian follower.

May God bless you and put these words in your hearts to ponder…

refs: ~Google~ biblehub.com~ Strong’s Concordance~ 

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21 thoughts on “The Gospel Truth…

    mariewilliams53 said:
    November 19, 2016 at 4:54 am

    It is essential to follow the Word of God in your Christian life. It is amazing how the Lord opens up doors for you and provides for you. Sometimes you mistakenly think that once you start to follow the Lord, everything just becomes pretty wonderful and there is no more suffering. But this isn’t the case (in my personal experience). Having Christ in your life just simply makes it a much better life: there is to some extent suffering and pain, but the Lord is by your side, and there is no better companion, for together you can make it through.
    I realise my comment is not strictly in keeping with what is required of you to become a true Christian, but I just felt I needed to share how the Lord has worked miraculously in my own life. Thanks Steve for this timely post.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      It sounds to me like you have stated the exact truth about the Christian life. And I do try to state what the bible alone says about obeying the gospel of Christ. I am very much against those who add anything to what God has revealed to us in the Holy Bible…

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      mariewilliams53 said:
      November 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Steve. I completely agree with obeying the gospel of Christ – it is a mighty weapon in spiritual warfare and a comfort for the anxious, captives, broken-hearted etc.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      You’re right. At the time when we are approaching Thanksgiving in America, it is good to take the time to be grateful for all the things God has done for us. The Lord is good all the time!

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      mariewilliams53 said:
      November 23, 2016 at 3:53 am

      Happy Thanksgiving Steve. Gratitude is such an important principle. It’s amazing how when you operate under that principle, how much more is given to you: not that that is the main and only reason to adopt that attitude, I hasten to add. There is a Bible verse that supports that: “shaken down, pressed together” etc. I should really have looked this up and written the exact quote, but it is 03.50am and I’m thankful to be in a warm bed which I don’t want to get out of…
      Yes, God is a wonderful provider and greatly to be praised.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      I don’t blame you for not wanting to get up! Yes, the verse is found in (Luke 6:38) and applies well to gratitude and giving. And we do receive back what we give in sincerity…and more, as the verse says.

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      mariewilliams53 said:
      November 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Steve. 🙂

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 28, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Absolutely!

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    scottraymondsite said:
    November 3, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I agree. It is important to keep the dogma and doctrines. Can you explain what Baptism is to me?

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 3, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Scott! Thank you for reading and taking the time to ask this question. Well, as I said in my post, the Greek word for baptize is “baptizo” which according to the strictest translation from Strong’s Concordance means to “dip” or “submerge.”

      Therefore, to sprinkle or to pour water on someone in the name of baptism isn’t really baptism at all. There is no example of such things anywhere in scripture, just as there is no record of infants being baptized. These practices come from man-made doctrines created about 400-500 years ago during what is called the Protestant Reformation.

      Now that we have stated what baptism is NOT, we can look at what it IS according to God in His holy scriptures.

      When a person believes through reading/hearing the scriptures that Jesus is the true Son of God and confesses that belief before man, he
      is moved to faith in his heart. He will feel sorry for going against what God’s word teaches us on how to live and want to be cleansed of those sins.

      The way this is done is through baptism. Most people will find a minister of the true church which Christ started along with His apostles and ask to be baptized. He then will be asked in the presence of others if he believes Jesus to be the only Son of God, to which he will answer from his heart that he does.

      He is then taken into water deep enough that he can be fully dipped or immersed into it and raised back up. Baptism can also be done by a believer friend in a swimming pool with 1-2 witnesses if one wishes! And it can be done on any day at any time.

      The purpose of baptism is so that we join with Christ in His burial and resurrection, as explained in scriptures like (Romans 6:1-4).

      Wow, I hope I didn’t give you too much of an answer, Scott! If you have any more comments or questions about baptism, please ask me. I can always try to “focus in” a bit better if that’s what you may need.

      Steve

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      scottraymondsite said:
      November 4, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thank you. perfect

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      I really hope my answer to you was helpful. If you don’t mind my asking, are you baptized yourself and do you belong to a church?

      Steve

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      scottraymondsite said:
      November 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Yes I am baptized and belong to a church

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 7, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Good for you, Scott! You realized the need for baptism and did something about it. But you must be wondering about the baptism you had as you are asking questions about what baptism is…

      I am here to help you with any questions you still may have. You won’t be judged here. I try to make things as straight forward and simple as possible concerning salvation and membership in the Lord’s church…

      Steve 🙂

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Enjoy your day, Scott!

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      scottraymondsite said:
      November 5, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Steve. I feel that I should explain that I make a lot of mistakes. I try to listen to God but fail to through out every day.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 7, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      It’s no wonder you have some trouble “connecting” with the Lord. There are so many different churches out there, and so many doctrines that it can confuse a lot of people!

      May I ask why you feel that you “fail” to hear God every day? I am always willing to try to help clear things up with you, Scott. Let me know how I can try to help you, my friend…

      Steve

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      scottraymondsite said:
      November 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      I hear Him but then there are times when I don’t. I appreciate your help. I wish I could fail less often but I am human and imperfect. I think Jesus is helping me grow. I appreciate your support.

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      You are being “invited” on a journey by God Himself. He has put something in your heart that He asks you to investigate…

      You have the choice to follow up on it or ignore it. God will never force you into anything. But He obviously has you in mind right now, and He wants you to know things about Him and His Son, Christ Jesus.

      Continue to answer His call! Read your bible, find a “study buddy” with a true Christian background. Yes you may have to work hard at times to dig up the truth on things. But the most important things are simple…

      Christ died on the cross so that we could be reconciled to God, so we could have our sins forgiven by the grace of God. We are then joined with Christ through baptism, (Romans 6), repenting of our sins and confessing Christ before men.

      We arise from baptism a new person, clean before God and walking in His Light. From there we grow as Christians.

      I’m sorry for such a long reply, but these things are important to say and do. We will all have growing “pains,” and troubled times, even as children of God. But it will all be worth it when we have the hope of Christ in this life and in heaven when we leave this earth!

      Steve

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    Saleama A. Ruvalcaba said:
    November 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Right away your post reminded me of when I first became a Christian. I was a two month Christian and was trying to speak about God’s Word to any church that would open the door. Lol. I am so very grateful God did not allow any doors to open. It’s been almost 9 years as a Christian and only now do I see God starting to open those doors. And it’s not just because it’s been nine years. It’s been nine years in the closet studying. Praying. Fasting. Learning. Learning. And more learning His Word. Thanks for sharing. Very good post!

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      Light Ministry Blog responded:
      November 3, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      My friend, so glad to hear from you. So many people belong to churches which were started by man, not Christ.

      They are generally very good, warm, loving, and God-fearing people who do some very good works. But they don’t like to hear that they belong to a church started by man a few hundred years ago instead of the church started by Christ some 2,000 years ago!

      I believe in the church described in Acts chapter two. And I follow the commands of the apostles, inspired by God, as they are given throughout the NT.

      I so appreciate your kind words and ask God’s blessings on you as you continue to seek and worship Him in spirit and truth!

      Steve

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