CAN A PERVERTED GOSPEL SAVE? BY STEVE FINNELL
Does it matter what men believe concerning salvation? Can men who preach a gospel different than the one the apostles taught still go to heaven?
Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;(NASB)
The Judaizers, who were Jewish Christians, were deserting God by teaching that men had to keep some of the Jewish ceremonial practices to be saved. They were perverting the gospel.
Galatians 1:7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. (NASB)
Today there are many different denomination that are not preaching a completely new gospel, they are just distorting the old one.
IS IT A SERIOUS OFFENSE TO PREACH A GOSPEL PLAN OF SALVATION OTHER THAN WHAT THE APOSTLES TAUGHT?
Galatians 1:9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (NASB)
Galatians 1:9.......let him be eternally condemned! (NIV 1984)
Galatians 1:9.......that person should be condemned to hell. GOD'S WORD Translation 1995)
Galatians 1:9 ......let him be anathema. (ASV)
PERVERTING THE GOSPEL IS SERIOUS!
Is the doctrine, of saved by grace alone, a distortion of the gospel? The doctrine of, grace alone, stipulates that men have no responsibilities concerning their salvation. The teaching is, that God does it all.
Hebrews 5:9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
You have to believe in order to obey Jesus. Keep in mind, the words of the apostles were the words of Jesus.
Acts 16: 30-31 ..."Sirs, what must I do be saved?" 31 They said, "Believe in Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
Paul and Silas did not answer the jailer by saying, "If you have been preselected for salvation; God will cause you to believe so you may be saved." The jailer and his household were not saved by grace alone. They believed and were baptized in water.
JESUS IS THE SOURCE OF SALVATION FOR ALL WHO OBEY HIM.
1. Obey by believing: John 3:16, John 8:24
2. Obey by repenting: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38
3. Obey by confessing. Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37
4. Obey by be baptized in water. Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21
CAN MEN PREACH ANOTHER WAY OF BEING SAVED AND STILL GET TO HEAVEN?
THE APOSTLES DID NOT TEACH MULTIPLE PLANS OF SALVATION!