"Old Baptist Truth"
One of the greatest truths in the bible is the gospel message. It has been the duty, for the past 2000 years, of the Lord's baptist churches to uphold the integrity of that message. Today its mishandled by modern baptist. So much so, the gospel message has become unrecognizable.
Here is a message on one of our greatest concerns of today!
God declared this message in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15). John the Baptist preached it (Matt. 3:1-3). The records of Baptist in our more recent history (1800's) speak of it. The great truth we diligently search for is the pure gospel message! The vast majority of pulpits have extreme difficulty with promoting the true gospel message.
In today's society we are very acquainted with "Knock Offs". These are not name brand items, but a cheaper imitation. The one area that this can never apply is from the pulpit concerning the message of salvation. Let me quickly name some "knock off" gospels. Some of these are; "ask Jesus into your heart"; "invite Christ into your live"; "just believe"; "add Christ to your life"; "make a decision for Jesus"; or "choose Christ".
The problem is that none of these are the gospel taught in the Bible. Since the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, the clear and present danger of misrepresenting the truth is that this statement (underlined above) can not save!
Repentance = the Missing, but Essential Element
John the Baptist, Peter, and Paul are very distinct when they say you must repent and believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. No one has the right to drop repentance in the gospel message, thus modifying the truth Baptist have held for 2000 years.
"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:45-47
Have you witnessed people you know that have made a profession of faith or even been baptized in a church that could not prove they were saved?
We may now know why! False gospels produce false professions.
Messengers in the pulpit are not held accountable for what they preach. We must realize that there is no justification without regeneration. Liberties taken in the pulpit have bent "faith" beyond recognition. "Faith" is only recognizable with "repentance" by its side.
"Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? when they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life." Acts 11:17-18.
I challenge you, the next time you, hear a "Knock off" gospel, that is, "ask Jesus into your heart"; "invite Christ into your life"; "just believe"; "add Christ"; "make a decision for Jesus"; "choose Christ". Question the Messenger, Pastor, Sunday School Teacher. Why would one not want to echo the words of the Apostle Paul?
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" 1 Cor 15:1-4
Repentance is not a pre-salvation work to get your life in order. For those that may regard repentance as a good work, please read the Holy Scriptures on this matter.
"And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." 2 Timothy 2:24-26
According to Paul's epistle to Timothy, it is God that gives the gift of repentance. Note this truth; Satan hates righteousness but loves religion and has had 6000 years to master his craft. Leading men in the pulpit to teach a false gospel or a "Knock off" gospel is one of his greatest accomplishments! We must be born again the Lord tells us. People that are born again are disciples. A real disciple (follower) of the Lord Jesus is empty and willing to follow the Lord.
"He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it" Matthew 10:37-39
If you are without a church home or considering a fresh start in your life please consider visiting Danville Baptist Church. This assembly considers it a priority to worship God in spirit and in truth.
Living a life without Christ and his precious truth is not much of a life. If you feel a void or emptiness in your life, be available Sunday morning to visit us.