Why should there be such perplexity – such confusion – in every phase of life today? It should be the function of religion to point the way. Yet here, too, we find only confusion – hundreds of religious denominations and sects in disagreement and preaching a variety of different gospels.
Does it make any difference which gospel we believe? “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” (Gal 1:8,9). And it is made a double curse! for the next verse says, “So say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed”.
Why, then has the world lost sight of that gospel? Why do people believe different gospels today? Jesus said it clearly, it is necessary to BELIEVE THE GOSPEL to be saved! Yet many today, do not know what the true gospel is. Again, his message to the apostles was this, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel”. He goes on to say, “He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16). Notice! Jesus said, “He that believeth”. Believeth what? Why, believeth that which they preached, of course. THE gospel. Not A gospel. Not ANY gospel. THE gospel, on the authority of Jesus Christ, in order to be saved. The gospel is the good news or glad tidings of the Kingdom of God., “Jesus went through every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God” (Luke8:1).
To believe the true gospel, we must first come to know what it is. “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ. That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached” (Acts 10:36,37). We must read our Bibles daily to know how we can enter into the kingdom of God.
Just three things we must do, REPENT, BELIEVE and BE BAPTISED, that is, to change our minds in respect of sin. So by reading the Bible we can come to the true gospel and true religion.
It is about time that someone speaks out and tells the world that this very gospel was the advance announcement of this very world government, a government, not by selfishly natural man but by the living, all-powerful God. Jesus is coming to set up the government of God and to rule all nations with the help of those who have qualified in this life. When the Messiah returns with all the power of God, we shall eventually have world peace, with happiness, joy, prosperity and a changed world. That is the TRUE GOSPEL proclaimed by God’s true ecclesia worldwide, “to all the world”.
Bro Gift Lungu (Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe)