In the final chapters of his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul talks about their comparing him to other apostles. He also deals with their acceptance of differing messages. It’s something that we have to work through in our generation.
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.
2 Corinthians 11:4-6
We see three things here that are a problem in our churches today, especially in the United States. It deals with the mixed messages that come from “Christian” preachers around the country.
There is a true Jesus that we can follow. He’s the Jesus of the Bible. Yet so often we hear a sanitized version of His life and ministry.
There are many who try and portray the Lord as non-controversial and non-confrontational. They say that He accepted everyone without judging them or their life choices.
But is all that true? Here are some quotes from the real Jesus.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
“See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”
Truly, Jesus is the God of love. But, He never compromises His righteousness.
Another thing that Paul said was that this church put up with a different spirit than the one they first received. That’s very telling in our generation.
I was at a pastor’s retreat recently. One of the speakers said something very interesting. In describing the church he grew up in, he said, “The Holy Spirit was invited to Sunday morning worship, but He had to sit in the back and behave Himself.”
Unfortunately, that’s the description of too many of our churches. We need a Holy Spirit led revival.
Finally, this church put up with a different Gospel. It was a “good news” that wasn’t based in the Scripture.
Today, many preach a gospel of self-realization. “We can do it.” “Everything I need is on the inside of me.”
Unfortunately, the truth says something different. Without Christ, I can’t do anything worthwhile. I need the Holy Spirit working in me.
But that is the Good News because anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved and changed from glory to glory!
Question: What are some of the different “gospels” that you’ve heard preached?
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