Beware False Doctrine
Beware False Doctrine that elevates man over God! Many church’s teaching today has shifted from a God/Christ focus to a man centered focus. But how do these man-centered gospels differ from the true, biblical, God-centered gospel? Beware of a false doctrine that is a man-centered gospel that defines our lives in terms based on our desires, our wants, and our needs.
Beware False Doctrine
Beware that a false doctrine that considers our needs and desires to be our most fundamental problem, instead of our relation ship with Christ. The gospel message is sometimes altered in a way that gives man prominence in the gospel message given to people. For example, it often begins with: “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”. God is a friend who will help you.
A person must realize they are a lost sinner doomed to hell, before they can be come a saint on the way to heaven!
Beware Man Centered Gospel
2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
The Above verse is speaking about today (a time will come)!
2 Tim 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Beware False Doctrine
Point of contact with non-Christians is love (God loves you). Love is God’s chief attribute. Therefore, God’s authority is secondary. Some concentrate on a way of preaching that sets out to address the “felt needs” of the people. This, again, puts man in front as the major player.
There are countless man-centered “gospels” today. Beware a false doctrine that says things like, “God wants to make you rich and prosperous in this life,” or “God wants to heal you of every physical and emotional ailment,” or “God wants to provide for whatever needs you feel you have.
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Beware a False Doctrine that Elevates Man
A man-centered Gospel always elevates man by making light of his “sin nature” and of the law which convicts him of sin. Another term them is related to a man centered gospel is “Easy believism”. A common usage of the term “Easy believism” is in regards to those who believe they’re saved because they prayed a prayer with no real conviction of sin and no real faith in Christ.
Praying a prayer is easy, thus the term “Easy believism” . It is usually referring to a system of theology, that has become really widespread in our day, that teaches that all a person has to do to go to heaven is believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. “Only believe” is their theme and sums up their doctrine pretty well. It leaves out true repentance. Saved by faith alone with repentance omitted is a false doctrine, because it is thought of as “works.” In other words Eph 2:8-9 are taught while ignoring Eph 2:10.
Neither Peter nor Paul ever preached such a message. While it is true that God draws the sinner out of love for His creation, and that Christ died to make it possible for him to be saved, it is not true that God has a wonderful plan for every lost sinner. He has a desire that they come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
His plan for lost sinners who reject Jesus Christ is that they will be cast into Hell. That is not a wonderful plan!
According to John the Baptist, Jesus and the Apostles Peter and Paul, it is God’s priority that constitutes the true Gospel: “God commands all people everywhere to repent”. The biblical gospel recognizes that to sin against God and face his wrath is the most fundamental problem imaginable. The biblical gospel looks to the Bible to define our problems and God’s solution: the sin-bearing death and life-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ. An attitude of submission to Christ’s lordship is necessary for salvation.
The true Gospel always lifts up God and his righteousness, and points to the law which reveals to a man his own sinfulness before a holy God. Saving faith always accompanied by repentance. Assurance of salvation comes from the Holy Spirit applying biblical promises to the conscience and effecting a changed life.
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