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Another Gospel

Another Gospel

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Published by Ted Lawler
This is the first of four messages I am preaching in São Paulo, Brazil. The series focuses on the need for a new reformation in the church due to many abuses currently being promoted in the name of the gospel.
This is the first of four messages I am preaching in São Paulo, Brazil. The series focuses on the need for a new reformation in the church due to many abuses currently being promoted in the name of the gospel.

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Published by: Ted Lawler on Feb 16, 2013
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 NO OTHER GOSPELGALATIANS 1:6-10; 3:1-5BRAZIL, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Over 500 years ago, men and women were raised up by God to say no to the worldliness,corruption, simony and pride that had gripped the church, especially among the leadership. Theydid so by yielding the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. The Protestant Reformation, also called the Protestant Revolt or simply the Reformation, was theEuropean Christian reform movement that objected to the doctrines, rituals and ecclesiasticalstructure of the Roman Catholic Church. The church at that time had many abuses, a chief onebeing the sale of indulgences by which people gave money erroneously thinking that hey could buytheir way out of purgatory through the saying of special Masses by the priest or performing certainrituals. It was a way for the church to get money for its ministry and especially to build St Peter'sBasilica in Rome. Many of the clergy had become corrupt, worldly and sought power and position rather than serviceand humility. Many including the Popes lived lavish lifestyles and were given to nepotism which wasthe granting of special favors and position in the church to relatives regardless of merit. Onecommon corrupt practice came to be called simony. It was the act of paying for sacraments andoffices or positions in the hierarchy of a church. It is named after Simon Magus who appears in Acts8:9-24. He tried to offer Peter and John, the disciples of Jesus, payment so that he could lay handson people and they may receive the Holy Spirit. Thus the word simony named for the merchandisingof the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Peter rebuked him sharply. Note in verse 20 the says, "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have nopart or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickednessand pray to The Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I seeyou are full of bitterness and captive to sin." Very strong words! Today the church faces similar challenges. Worldliness, materialism and a false message that saysthat godliness is a means to financial gain have corrupted the hearts of many pastors and leaderswho are seeking titles, position, seeking to be served rather than to serve, having poor desperatepeople pay for prayer for healing and blessing; selling of "holy" water or oil blessed by so calledapostles; selling of prayer cloths so as to get money for their ministries. All gimmicks to prey onpeople's fears and lack of spiritual maturity just as many did in the Roman church prior to theReformation. The truth of the matter is the kingdom of self and the flesh is being exalted rather thanthe kingdom of God and the exaltation of Christ. No must be said to covetousness that is againstthe tenth commandment and Paul the apostle equated with idolatry (Colossians 3:5) that is at theheart of the false message being preached. There is only one gospel, one message and that is the gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ. It has to dowith the free gift of eternal life secured for those who believe through the blood of Jesus shed for their sins at calvary! There is no payment to be made, no system of merit, nor are His ministers tocharge for what Jesus gives freely by His grace. What is going on in the church today, especially inmany Pentecostal churches is offensive and sinful. The apostle Paul who was not timid about givinga rebuke when necessary, says in Galatians 3:1 that they are foolish, bewitched. He says they areuninformed, lacking wisdom and charmed or under a spell.The John Tetzels of today must be rejected and rebuked for the merchandizing of the gospel just asthe church eventually condemned his and others like him for the merchandizing of the gospelthrough the sale of indulgences in the 15th century. WE NEED A NEW REFORMATION OF THE CHURCH AND LIKE THE PROTESTANTREFORMATION IT MUST BE BASED UPON THE WORD OF GOD AND THE SUPREMACY AND
SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST IN ALL THINGS! The Sin that Condemns us All You shall not covet your neighbor's house.You shall not covet your neighbor's wife ohis manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.Exodus 20:17 The word covet means to desire eagerly, especially something that is not your own and especiallysomething that belongs to another. Envy and jealously are familiar companions with covetousness.The three go hand in hand. Envy is a feeling of discontent and resentment by and in conjunction with desire for the possessionsor qualities of another or achievements of another. To covet stresses a secret longing for something to which one has no right. It is the desire of thatwhich is not yours and presently unattainable because it belongs to someone else or lies outsideyour ability to obtain. Jealousy is when we look at what another person has and we do not have it we begin to be enviousand think, "why do they have it and I do not." The bible calls covetousness (greed in NIV) idolatry. In Colossians 3:5 in the NIV it is listed with lustand belongs to our earthly nature.  All this new emphasis on material prosperity and financial gain today caters to the flesh, the old manand at the heart of it is the desire to become rich as a means to godliness. At its core iscovetousness (greed) and idolatry. Our goal in life as a Christian is not to become rich. It is to livefor the glory of Christ. The bible calls us to contentment, not riches. One can be rich but lackcontentment. This is what Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:6-10. "But godliness with contentment isgreat gain.........People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish andharmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of allkinds of evil. Some people, eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselveswith any griefs." He goes on to say in 6:17-18, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to bearrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richlyprovides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in gooddeeds, and to be generous and willing to share." The message of the gospel is not how rich you are or can become. If you have wealth, you are toshare with those in need. How much money you have and what kind of car you drive is not a sign of your spiritual superiority. We have not been saved to be rich in material blessings. Our wealth is inour spiritual blessings, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. We have it all because Hehas us and we have everything we need in him.The message of the gospel is both simple and profound. We are saved by grace through faith, it isthe gift of God. We didn't earn our salvation and we don't earn His blessing by paying for His giftsand blessing. His ministers are to model Jesus, not the world in its quest for recognition, the praisesof men and woman and thinking of themselves more highly than they should. A minister is no more aman of faith if he drives a Mercedes or rides a bicycle. He doesn't sit on a throne, only Jesus sitson a throne. To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen

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