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Perverting the Gospel of Christ…BEWARE!

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Galatians 1:7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

Please read Galatians 1:1-24

Paul was very shocked and upset with the Galatians because they were turning to another gospel other than the gospel of Christ that Paul had taught them. Paul preached about the grace of God and they preached the Law to the people.
Perverting the gospel of Christ is not a good thing. Pervert means to Alter (something) from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended. To cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good; corrupt. To bring to a bad or worse condition; debase.

Knowing what this word means can you understand why Paul was upset? I’m writing this blog today because I too am upset at some of the changes in some of the gospel messages of today. Some people have added to the gospel and some have taken things away from it. I don’t want to hear from anybody who preaches anything different from what God’s Holy words are saying to me in the scriptures. This is just me, my thoughts, and my practice ( the bible speaks of the Bereans who did the same thing Act 17:11). I check everything I hear from any source against God word.

These are my personal things I have put into practice about my biblical study of the gospel of Christ….the
scriptures:

1. I start with bible study in the word of God…. my own personal studies.
2. I use biblically sound commentaries and reference materials.
3. I attend a biblically sound Church.
4. I check everything I hear, read and listen to with the word of God…no exceptions.
5. I listen to the Holy Spirit and trust His guidance and direction over all teachings of God’s word.

Paul was given divine knowledge of the gospel of Christ and I trust the work God did in this man’s life, I trust the word of God and I trust the Holy Spirit quickening my spirit with the word of God.

The perversion here in Galatians is about the Law, but perversion can be any change in the gospel of Christ. Our Christian walk is filled with all kinds of different trials that require the help of knowing the bibles content the spiritual growth. How can we risk our stability in the Lord with faulty information? I need the best that God’s word has for me. I need to know Gods word correctly for it to have the best light to guide me through my journey in this world.
Please be very careful and guard you heart and mind.

Note-I don’t like naming preachers or ministries that I may not agree with in their teachings or doctrine….I feel if you are studying God’s word…you will know what is not right…or in Paul’s words….you will know if it’s another gospel.  Study God’s word, learn and know what God truly says in His word….Please!

Message for today: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Paul said this….Galatians 1:9   Know the word for yourself!

P.S. – I am privileged to attend Westbury Gospel Tabernacle in Westbury, NY and my pastor is Rev. Stephen Samuel. I can tell you this man of God gives us the true word of the gospel of Jesus Christ and lives His own life that way too. I would not be able to sit there Sunday after Sunday listening to wrong information and teaching. I thank God for what he has done in my pastor’s life.

A Shout out to my husband who has taught me so much about the bible and properly dividing the word of the Lord. He lives his life according to God’s word.

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Getting Beat Up For Christ sake

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Paul was whipped with rods

Galatians 6:17 Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

No Paul did not get tattoo’s with Jesus name on his back……He had real scars! Paul was like a Timex watch…”He could take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.” God indeed had preserved him.

Paul made this statement in his letter to the Galatians. I think the powers that be was getting on his last nerve with their arguments over the law and were questioning his authority. You know how folks can be. Paul had preached a lot and he had been through much for the cause of Jesus Christ and he had the scars to prove it.

2 Corinthians 11:24-28 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

What more could Paul have done to prove his deep commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I think Paul should have held out his arm to those people and said……”speak to the hand!” But instead he gave them a good talking to. Paul loved the Lord so much and was very committed to serving Him and had a great concern for the churches. He put himself in so much danger and was very often attacked because of his beliefs.

1Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

I think about myself and think what have I done for the cause of Christ? I do know I have suffered greatly and I believe it’s because of my long history of being a prayer intercessor.  In the past 7 years I’m more determined to share my faith with others. Like Paul….I count it all joy because the work God has done in my life  is worth more than gold to me. I have learned and earned because of the marks in my body I bear. I’ve learned about God’s comfort, His protection, the bible, His faithfulness and so much more….and I’ve earned rewards and one day a crown for the suffering. I am so blessed.

James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

I may not have been shipwrecked or pelted with stones but I have suffered things for the cause of Christ and I daily submit myself to the Lord to use me as He’s sees fit. I often pray for the persecuted church because even in this day there are still people being tortured for the cause of Christ.

Are we prepared to stand up for Jesus Christ? Are we prepared to defend the faith, to spread the good news ….even at the cost of our discomfort or even our very lives?

Message for today: Let’s give everything for the cause of Jesus Christ. Let’s pray for those who are on the front lines…..the missionaries and the persecuted church. Let’s get rid of the fear of sharing our faith and stand for truth when it come to Jesus Christ. Let’s get out of our comfort zone and make some more disciples…win some souls….get some marks.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

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