Galatians 1:8-9 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. Simple enough for a child to understand and believe. Jesus even said as much.
Matthew 18:3-4 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
So, when we begin to modify the gospel message, God takes great offense at it.
We add to the message out of pride. Once we have received Christ as Savior, we think more of who we are and what we received and others who come must act a certain way, confess every sin imaginable, or begin to walk, talk, and live like a Christian before they are ever converted.
Or we take away from the message out of compromise. We seek to please men and not offend. We want a crowd; so we water down the message to remove the sting of the two-edged sword God meant it to be.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
I can believe God, the Father would take great offense with those who would change His message; when He gave us His Son as a sacrifice for our sin and then we change what He gave us as the remedy for our sin.
Is it no wonder then, that God would place a curse on those who would dare to change what He has given?
Dear reader, the proliferation of the gospel message has lasted these two thousand nineteen years. God, the Father, has promised that His words will never fail, nor will they pass away until all be fulfilled.
Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
All around the world and throughout history, men, women, and children have suffered, and given their lives for their faith. There is a veritable river of blood throughout history that marks the trail to the Bible and the faith we have today.
Two books give the historical account of that faith. “The Trail of Blood” by D. H. Carroll and “Foxes Book of Martyrs” give a historical account of those who held fast to what Christ gave the disciples.
Through what is known as the “Dark Ages”, over fifty million Bible-believing Christians lost their lives through torture and genocide by a religious denomination all in the name of Christ. The doctrinal perversions that they added to the scriptures were not tolerated or accepted by those who knew the true gospel… and they gave their lives for the preservation of the truth.
A more recent testimonial is given by Richard Wurmbrand in a book titled “Tortured for Christ” who was imprisoned and tortured for his faith. He saw many in that prison lose their life and die virtually unnoticed. His life’s work has brought the modern day persecution of the Christian church into the light.
The Word of God has always been under attack. Those who stand for the truth of the Word of God will suffer persecution. Jesus told us as much.
John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
Paul told Timothy:
2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
So, do not let the sin of pride in adding to the gospel or the sin of compromise in taking from the gospel ever be named among the saints. Stand strong against both. You will be in good company!