THE GOSPEL IS THE GOOD NEWS by steve finnell
The gospel is the good news, but what is the good news? The good news is that those who hear and obey the gospel are saved from the penalty of sin.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which you received, in which you also stand , 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached, unless you believed in vain. (NASB)
The apostle Paul said the gospel saves. Paul said you have to hold fast to the gospel or you have believed in vain.
Did Paul preach a different gospel than Jesus? No he did not.
After Jesus was resurrected from the grave He preached the gospel plan of salvation. Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.(NASB)
Yes, those who deny that being immersed in water is part of the gospel plan of salvation are denying the gospel that Jesus and the apostles preached.
There were men who believed in vain. Galatians 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.(NASB)
Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!(NASB)
The apostle Paul said those who deny that immersion in water is part of the gospel will be accursed. Church leaders today say those who pervert the gospel should be part of joint evangelistic efforts and joint good works in the community.
Galatians 1:8 Let God's curses fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other way to be saved than the one we told you about; yes, if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let the be forever cursed.(The Living Bible Paraphrased)
Paul and the apostles preached the gospel plan of salvation.
FAITH: John 3:16
CONFESSION: Romans 10:9
REPENTANCE: Acts 3:19
WATER BAPTISM: Acts 2:38
GOSPEL IN A NUTSHELL: Mark 16:16
Why do church leaders teach false doctrine and participate in practices condemned by the apostles.
1. Fear of losing their positions in the church.
2. Ignorance of Scripture.
3. Self deception.
5. Lack of prayerfully asking God for His truth.
6. Peer pressure.
7. Trusting men, Bible commentaries, and their own opinions more than they trust God and His words that are written in the Bible.