The more I study the New Testament Church and Paul’s letters, along with Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels, the more I am filled with amazement. No organization was set up with a head office, and no large financial backing was established. It was simply the power of God’s Word given through the power of the Holy Spirit. What was inherent in proclaiming the gospel was enough. “The word of the Lord continued to increase…multiplied…and prevailed” (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 19:20). I can assure you that the Word and the Gospel has not changed, nor the power of the Holy Spirit.
Why then are we trying to add something to what is already perfect? In certain parts of the world where we go, money, buildings, human methods, etc. are being attached to the gospel of pure grace, thinking they will make it spread. Whereas, the gospel of pure grace is just that, the gospel of PURE grace. In certain places the church has laid other requirements on the spread of the gospel and tainted it with money and food, among other things. If we come to these places and try to build on a faulty foundation, later the work crumbles and stops. It only takes a small amount of money, or yeast, to taint the whole batch. The demand for money and other material things is the symptom, not the core problem.
If we look carefully at the Early Church and Paul’s first letter, they became convicted by the Holy Spirit that anyone who added to the gospel of grace, “contrary to the one [Paul] preached…[was] accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9). Strong language, but vital truth. I believe that if the Church is going to accomplish the Great Commission as Jesus intended, she must REPENT and RETURN to the methods of the SCRIPTURES and forsake the methods of men.
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