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    The Simplicity
    of the Gospel
    by Edwin Morris

    The following article may surprise, or even shock you, if you have come from a modern Christian church and are still in search of truth.

        We all know how confused and diverse the so-called "Christian" religion has become.

        Every church seems to have different rules. But why? Surely they can’t all be right if they all believe a different gospel. Is God that liberal?

        Some worship on Sunday, some on Saturday, some speak in so-called ‘tongues’, others don’t. Some believe one ought not play a musical instrument, others believe in a "prosperity doctrine". One church teaches that believers should pray to Christ’s mother. Some allow homosexual preachers. Some keep the passover weekly, others monthly, yet others every quarter, or once a year. Some churches teach that eating meat is wrong. There are those who teach that there is no Satan, others that there is no hell. One church maintains Christ went to America. There are churches that ordain women, others that don’t. One church believes that Christ came in 1914. Many believe God to be a trinity — others that Christ is God’s Son, and the Holy Spirit is simply God’s power. There are churches where members fall over backwards, some where women wear headcoverings, and even some who don’t believe in heaven or life-after-death. The list of variations of doctrine kept in the name of Christianity is seemingly endless.

        Enter now the serious seeker of truth!

        Today’s confused Christianity can have the seeker of truth searching, all his, or her life in vain, never coming to the knowledge of the truth (2nd Timothy3:7).

        And yet didn’t Christ come to make this search for truth easier, not harder?

        We read in 2nd Corinthians 11:1–4:
        "Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
    "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
    "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
    "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."

        Note the term simplicity — yes, simplicity!

        There is a mystery that is easily solved. Most will not understand when I tell you — but for those who truly seek and ache for truth, they will see it. Why? Because the simplicity of the real gospel stands in direct opposition to modern lawless Christianity.

        Modern Christianity contends that belief in Christ will lead to eternal life, but what is belief? Is it believing on Christ only — or in Christ and in what He did?

        The truth is, Christ came to take away the sacrificial system, that mankind may focus on the law of God without it. In simplicity, as Abraham also kept God’s law without a Levitical priesthood, and was still called the friend of God, for we read; "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Genesis 26:5)

        If Christ were on earth now, He would say the same to modern Christianity as He said to the Pharisees who also followed the traditions of man, causing the commandments of God to be of no effect, for they blended truth with error.

       "There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." (Luke 13:28)

       What? Abraham has made it?

        Yes — and many more before Christ; all who were faithful in keeping the laws and commandments of God.

        We who sincerely believe are to go through a simple change from our worldly state, via a narrow way into life. We are to be transformed by deliberately discarding ungodly tradition in favour of God’s holy laws. How? We who seek to be a people of God are to be grafted in to the way. We are to be living a life similar to Christ and the fathers. Indeed Christ chastised the religious leaders of His day; "...If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." (John 8:39)

        In other words, if they had been doing the works of Abraham, Christ would have praised them.

        The simplicity of the gospel has always been, and will always be this "making straight" of God’s ways. That man and woman may live in simplicity as the fathers did, who loved God with a whole heart and did not show partiality in God’s law. He straightened the only way there is that leads to life.

        Christ formed no new religion. Modern Christianity is a cheap counterfeit, stating that believers "shall not surely die" even though they reject totally the very standards they will be judged by in the Judgement, .

        So what is this ‘simplicity’?

        It is as Christ declared — that "...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

        "Every word" is God’s law, minus the sacrificial system, and to live a non-complicated life, raising Godly offspring to the Lord. In short, all the righteous ways of God Almighty, walking as Christ walked, gracefully and faithfully obeying and trusting in God.

        The Gospel is a patriarchal way of life that is summed up in these proverbs, for the Lord’s ways are peculiar to His people only:
        "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:" (Proverbs 6:23)
        And: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

        Christ Himself declared that it would be "...easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail." (Luke 16:17)

        Of course, the Lawless One, who in the end deceives the majority of would-be believers, is rubbing his hands together because the whole world has believed the lie (for this is how the Lord tests the whole earth – Rev 3:10). That lie is that man can please God whilst deliberately breaking His commandments and laws.

        All the holy men of God who ever lived kept the commandments and laws of God. Aren’t we meant to be holy too? It is true there are Scriptures in the New Testament that sound like the law of God is now void, but this is in reference to the sacrificial law only.

        In reality, the books of Galatians and Romans in particular are saying that Christ is the end product (a pattern) of the law (Galatians 10:4), and that every man who thinks he is right by doing one particular thing, such as being circumcised alone, is indebted to live by every word of God — not just one, or some, of them. Faith without works if you like.

        To believe in Christ is to be set free to worship God in spirit and in truth outside the sacrificial system. That is the righteousness of God and of Christ.

        The sacrificial law was the framework put in place by God to cover our sins. Without this, we could not understand that Christ’s sacrifice replaced this system. It was the tutor. Christ is the end of the sacrificial law to all who believe His blood covers our stumbling. And yet if we mock God and sin willingly, we will die, for there no longer remains a covering for the willful sinner (Hebrews 10:26). And we know what the definition of sin is: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (2nd John 3:4).

        Remember that Christ gave the law of righteousness to man that man may know good from evil.

        The world focuses on Jesus Christ, and does not comprehend that through Christ’s blood we are freed from the snare of death if we continue to learn and obey the truth and live by it.    

        If we are deceived into laziness of heart, believing that Christ has "done it all" and do not seek the Lord honestly with a pure heart, if we are careless and are not a doer of the law — we will die (Proverbs 19:16).

        Please do not be deceived! Most of so-called modern Christianity will perish, for it is lawless, just as the Lawless One is lawless..

        Understand that where we read passages in the Bible that say belief in Christ will give us eternal life, it is a potential truth, subject to our response. Christ is the door, but few will truly comprehend the Scriptures because the teachers are teaching error, as was prophesied (Isaiah 3:12). Belief in Christ without loving Him as He desires us to love is vanity.

        "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)

        "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (2nd John 2:4)

        Remember: No liar shall enter into the new world. (Revelation 21:8)

        "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him [in His pattern]." (2nd John 2:5)

        Remember, God is after a special people, a people who will love and obey the Lord God as the fathers did.

        "Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day." (Deuteronomy 10:15)

        Do you want to be one of the Lord’s people? Of course you do! This was Christ’s plea to us. We are of faith if we keep the law, knowing that God justifies us. This is our reasonable service. We are of faith if we trust that every promise of God must be kept. For this is grace, that Christ brought His great law of righteousness to we who were Gentiles; "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." ..."He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law." (Isaiah 42:1 & 4) [Note: The ‘isles’ are the Gentiles].

        All we have to do is recognise that just as Abraham "believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness..." (Romans 4:3) so ought we, for this is the door to life, to believe according to the rules. The law is our mirror, for us all to look into to see our faults, and change them. In so changing ourselves, we become converted.

        We become one of God’s holy people if we hold fast to what is good. The choice is ours.

        "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." (Psalm 19:7)

        Therefore, the offer of God is put before us. If we want to inherit life, as Abraham and all who have already been faithful to God’s patriarchal way have — then we must enter in through the narrow gate that we also may be blessed. As mentioned beforehand, the book of Galatians is so misunderstood as to be believed by many to be stating that God’s law is gone. Shall we steal? Shall we murder? God forbid!

        If time and space allowed, it could be proven that the book of Galatians is confirming that the law is to be kept fully, as Abraham kept it; in faith.

        The problem is, it is hard to change a deceived heart, or to rectify a false doctrine.

        I beg of you to focus on the overwhelming evidence before you. But some will fail to believe that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, as most do. Regarding His standard of righteousness, why can’t people see? Do you think God gave one law to those before Christ — and then made void His law at the death of Christ? Let us praise God for His fairness and consistency (James 1:17).

        I challenge you to read all of Psalm 119, and then say that we should not be living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord. The way is simple, but the hearts of many are lazy, even unto death. Therefore love God and man according to the will of God. Draw near to God and live. It’s that simple, for His grace covers our shortfalls, if we are faithfully obedient to Him.

        May God’s grace and love be with you.

    Author: EM

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