The Believer, the World, and Christ: Part 5


9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ga 1:6–10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

The Gospel of Christ is this: Jesus came into the world, took on our sins, died for us, conquered death, and ascended into Heaven. All who put their faith in Jesus and repent of their sins shall be saved. We have no path to eternal salvation but through Jesus. We are incapable of doing it ourselves, but can have the assurance that Jesus himself can redeem us and will willingly come into our lives if we want him.

This is a horrifying notion for many. And many in the church wish to dilute it. They will dilute the exclusivity. They will dilute the necessity. They will dilute the need to repent. They will dilute what sin is.

The Bible is clear. We are all sinners. We all have gone astray. We all fall short. By stripping the components of the Gospel, we may make a gospel more irresistible, but then it is not the Gospel of Christ. It becomes the Gospel of Man.

Christians must love others. But that love is not a love that allows people to come as they are and stay that way. It is a love of sacrifice and redemption. Come as you are, but be born again.

In this world, we so often want to seek the approval and acceptance of others. But sometimes that causes us to dilute the Gospel or dilute Christ in our lives. Stop trying to please others. Please God instead. Your journey in life will be much easier if you focus on pleasing your Creator instead of pleasing creation.

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