All understanding comes from the writings of the prophets (the Old Testament) as they prophesy of the Mashiach’s (who is Yeshua of “Nazareth”) death for our sin, His burial and His resurrection. (Luke 24, 1 Cor 15:1-6) If the one true gospel is not continually preached, the hearers cannot know the Mashiach. The hearers are unable to know God’s eternal purpose in the Mashiach, for the Christ is not preached. If He is not preached, how can they know of Him? They cannot! And Yeshua ha Mashiach is the sum of all things. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, saving people from sin, and death and judgment. And the chosen ones of God cannot be ignorant of the purpose of God to be saved. This is one and the same in all generations.
Beloved, those who call themselves Christians cannot even find unity in what they call “essential Christian doctrine”. Let me clearly declare that it is not false doctrine that has brought about this generation of judgment. The one true gospel not preached has brought about all manner of false doctrines. And why is the one true gospel not preached? By God not granting grace for the one true gospel to be preached. Men keep saying “Thus saith the Lord”, and they speak out of their own breath, and not the Spirit of God and God has not given them grace. They are false prophets, these men speaking out of their own breath.
Let me give an example of what one would call “Essential Christian Doctrine”:
- The authority and inerrancy of the scriptures
- The Nature of God
- The Trinity
- The Creation
- Jesus Christ
- Christ’s Death, Burial & Resurrection
- The Holy Spirit
The gospel is not mentioned accurately, but toward the end of the list it states “Christ’s death, burial and resurrection”. But conveniently left out is “according to the scriptures” (Old Testament). To preach the Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and resurrection the third day and omit “according to the scriptures”, is to preach another gospel, which is no gospel at all. Let him be accursed who preaches another gospel! Let him who preaches another gospel fall under the judgment of God. These are not my words, but the words of Paul. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Beloved, just because they say they adhere to “essential Christian doctrines”, do you not realize what can be between the lines of their “essential Christian doctrine”. For example, “the love of God for all people”. Do you not realize that men who adhere to Calvinism can also adhere to the false doctrine that God does not love all people. They say God only loves the elect and hates all the rest of humanity. Do you not know they also adhere to the doctrine that “their Jesus” did not die for all people. Yes, beloved, they believe that God does not love all men and that “their Jesus” did not die for all men. This is “another Jesus”.
Beloved, do you not know there are others who hold that men have a free will. That they can and do make a decision to follow “Jesus”, contrary to the very pattern of the conversion of Paul. What choice did he have in his conversion? None! Man has a will but it is not free. It is not free as some would say. A person is either a slave of righteousness or a slave of sin. There are no other options.
And yet these false doctrines of devils (false accusers) are not considered their essential doctrines. It is not an essential doctrine that you holdfast to the teaching that “God hates most people”, that “Jesus did not die for all people”, and that “people have a free will”. I would beg to differ that these indeed are essential doctrines that are conveniently omitted from their “essential Christian doctrines”. The doctrines of the love of God, and the sacrifice of Yeshua, the Mashiach, for all people, and the will of people are “essential doctrines of God”.
But beloved, unless the one true gospel is given the one and only place of prominence, and it and only it, is essential, there shall be no right doctrine, but every manner of error. But thanks be unto God for His marvelous grace in the Mashiach, Yeshua, that He has given, gives and will give the children of grace in every generation: for the gates of sheol shall not prevail against the assembly of the living God.