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3 Things One Must Know In Proclaiming the Gospel

Any man who has taken on the position of a local pastor-teacher of the Church of Jesus Christ, or anyone who desires to proclaim the Gospel to another, should know at least this much:

1. Salvation is of the Lord alone.

Christians are never told in Scripture to ‘go out and save people’ with the Gospel. You cannot. Saving souls is the work of God, not man. Yet, every Christian is a missionary and the task is equal to all – proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the Great Commission. Proclaim the Gospel as the Truth that it is. Do not wait for an immediate conversion. Leave it in the hands of God.

2. Wound by the Law of God.

The first priority in proclaiming the Gospel to anyone is to wound – not to console or make them comfortable in their sins. The Law of God is the needle that pricks the conscience of the soul. It’s purpose is to shed light on the sin of the one to whom you are speaking. Without speaking of the Law, you have no good news, no Gospel. One must see their infinite sin against an infinite God before they can realize an infinite punishment for having been born in the first Adam, their federal representative, in whom they stand condemned already.

3. Heal by the Gospel

After the Law is preached, then, and only then, should the Gospel, the good news, be given.  The Law of God is powerless to convict a sinner without the working of the Spirit of God – and so also, is the Gospel powerless, without the working of God the Holy Spirit!

Salvation is of the Lord alone!

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Christian, Just Stop It

Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. – I Peter 2:1-3 (NASB)

We come up with all kinds of excuses for our sins, don’t we? I know that I’ve come up with more than I can recall. Yet, here in I Peter, we are instructed, not to excuse our sin, but to rid ourselves of it. How?

How are Christians to get up out of bed and daily face the world, demonstrating, exhibiting and therefore proving that we have new life in Christ Jesus? Turns out the answer to abandoning our sin is far less complicated than we often make it.

The key is the word apotithēmi. It is a Greek word meaning (literally or figuratively) to put off, put aside or away. It comes from two Greek words: apo, meaning off, and tithēmi, meaning place. The verb itself gives the imagery of removing a garment, taking a piece of clothing off. What’s interesting is that first word, translated malice, is kakia, and means badness or wickedness. [These are all plural nouns]. That pretty much covers all sins, doesn’t it?

What Peter is telling his readers is pretty clear. Put all malice, hypocrisy, envy and all slander aside. Cast it away. If he had told them to put aside their sandles, they would take them off their feet and lay them aside. If he had told them to put aside whatever is in their mouth they would spit it out. If he had told them to put aside their shirt or hat, they would have taken them off and laid them aside. Simple, isn’t it?

Basically, he is telling them to stop it. Just stop it.

There is no instruction for contemplating, meditating or vacillating. No need for lengthy counseling sessions. No need for checking ourselves in to some type of spiritual rehab center. His instruction is clear: Stop these things.

In light of Romans 6, we know that the power of sin has been broken. it is no longer our tyrannical master, no longer has the hold on us that it once had. Because of this, we can say ‘No’ to sin. So when peter tells them, and us, to stop it, we can. Likewise, when a Christian does sin, it is because we, as Christians, have chosen to.

For the unbeliever, being told to “stop it” just doesn’t help at all, because the power of sin remains – it’s all they can do. But for we who believe and are being saved, ah! brethren! we need not go through any process of contemplation on anything.

As Christians, the first step to furthering our spiritual growth is that we simply need to trust and obey, which in this case, is to simply take a sin and….stop it.

There Will Be No Literal 1000 Year Reign of Christ

“Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them.” Revelation 20:4

The doctrine of a literal 1000 year millennial kingdom is not controversial, it is simply false doctrine. In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John says not one word about a literal 1000 year reign OF CHRIST, literally or figuratively. What he says is “I saw thrones and THEY sat on them.” The reigning that is in focus here is not the ruling activity of Jesus Christ, but of those seated on the thrones. There are dozens of passages in Scripture which speak of the eternal kingdom of Christ, but not one single passage in all of Scripture speaks or even hints at a kingdom of Christ that will last a mere thousand years.

Do not be deceived, brethren. We must commit ourselves to the written Word of God, not the inventions of men or the Devil, and dispensationalism is both of them.

The teaching of a 1000 year reign of Christ has its origin in Hell and coming from the father of lies, the Devil. Remember, beloved, Satan has always been set on leading men away from the written Word of God (“Has God truly said…?”) and the one who also rejects it outright (“You surely shall not die!”).

The only Christian position we may take then, given the clear teaching of God’s Word on this matter, is that those who teach a future reign of Christ for a mere 1000 years are being deceived and deceiving, the blind leading the blind.