WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
This chapter could
easily be titled, “What the Gospel is Not.” Before we are through, you are
going to find out that much of what you thought was “gospel” is not gospel
at all. Let me begin with a statement that will challenge your religious
heart and your religious mind.
The following phrases are probably
written in your Bible — “The Gospel According to St. Matthew, St. Mark, St.
Luke, or St. John.” I assure you that you will find things in these four New
Testament books that are not the gospel.
In reality, the opinions of
some men caused these books to be labeled “the gospel according to Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John.” The true gospel is that Jesus died, was buried, and
rose again the third day.
All of my life I have heard, “Repent,
repent, repent!” Most preachers in the United States of America never told
me to believe anything. They certainly never told me to believe the gospel.
A certain preacher has been running all over America for the last 40
years preaching repentance. America has not repented yet. You must be honest
with yourself. If God sent this man, and America has not repented, then God
does not know what He is doing.
Do Not Be Accursed
cases, the gospel you have heard is the one Paul warned of in Galatians 1:9:
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other
gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
religious denominations have not heard the gospel. Further, they do not
believe the gospel, nor do they preach the gospel. They preach their gospel
and not the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Many people have left their
religious denominations —Baptist, Methodist, or other denominations — and
have become charismatic Baptists, charismatic Methodists, or charismatic
this or that. There has been no repentance from dead works and no belief in
Do you know why this has happened? We do not want to
offend the Baptists, Methodists, or any other denominational church.
However, denominations need to repent of their religious traditions.
I asked a well-known international Bible teacher the following question: “Do
you believe there are religious demons?” He said, “Oh yes! But, I do not
want to tell anyone. I do not want to offend them.”
He continued, “I
will tell them privately.” I asked him, “What if you do not get to talk to
What has happened here? The man is afraid. That is
fear —not faith. Faith has no fear. If you are afraid, you have no business
preaching the gospel.
You must preach the gospel in faith. As you
read this book, you will discover the true gospel — that Jesus died, was
buried, and rose from the dead on the third day!
PREACHING THE GOSPEL
In Mark 1:14, Mark writes the following
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into
Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
examine verse 14. Most of us do not pay attention to words as they are
written. This verse tells us that Jesus came into Galilee preaching the
gospel of the kingdom of God. He did not preach the gospel of Matthew, Mark,
Luke, or John. He preached the gospel of the kingdom of God.
the word “preaching.” “Preaching” simply means to publish, or to proclaim.
Jesus came to proclaim the gospel. The word “proclaim” means to show forth,
to open, or to reveal something.
This is important because what you
thought was the gospel has not been the gospel. It has just been men’s
words. Put another way, the gospel is not the words that are spoken. The
gospel is the power of God that is being demonstrated.
publishing, or proclaiming, the gospel of the kingdom of God. The gospel is
good news, or good tidings. If the preaching is not good news, it is not the
gospel. If the preaching is not the death, burial, and resurrection of
Jesus, it is not the gospel. And it is not good news.
THE DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION
growing up in church, and even until today, many of us have heard preachers
say, “Now I am going to preach the gospel.” The fact is that they are not
preaching the gospel at all.
I was greatly amazed some 17 or 18 years
ago when I saw that the gospel is defined in I Corinthians 15:1-4, just as
faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1.
Look at the definition of the
gospel in I Corinthians 15:1-4:
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto
you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and
wherein ye stand (v. 1);
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in
memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain (v. 2).
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how
that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures (v. 3);
that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the
scriptures (v. 4).
These verses are so opposed to what you and I have
heard in church that we find them difficult to believe.
What is Paul
actually saying when he says, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the
gospel [the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ]”?
I Declare Unto You the Gospel
Examine verse 1:
brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,...
Paul preached the gospel.
...which also ye have received,...
Paul preached, and the people received.
Notice what happened:
...and wherein ye stand;
Everyone says, “Oh glory! We stand in
the gospel.” Read verse 2, however:
By which also ye are saved, if...
Can you believe the word “if” is associated with “saved”?
Continue reading verse 2:
...if ye keep in memory what I preached
unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
Does this sound like “once
saved, always saved”?
What did Paul preach to the Corinthians? He
preached the gospel — the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He received it first, then he preached it to them. They received it. They
stand in it, if they keep in memory, or hold fast to, what they believe.
Hold Fast to What You Believe
In the United States, you can ask
people, “Are you born again?” They reply, “I hope so.” You ask, “Are you
saved?” They answer, “I think so. I hope I am. I went to a crusade in 1964
and went forward.”
Well my friend, you were not saved. Or, if you
were saved, you are no longer saved because you do not hold fast to what you
believed when you went forward. That is what I Corinthians 15:2 says.
I know this is shocking to American religionists. But a man who says, “I
hope so” or “I thought I did,” was not saved. I have met many “hope so’s”
and “thought I did’s”.
I know this is going to ruffle some of our
religious feathers. However, we must believe the truth. If we are going to
preach the gospel to the world, we must believe what the Bible says. Then,
people can be saved through the gospel.
The Meaning of Salvation
You are saved. What does that mean? The word “saved” means to be made
sound, or set at safety. You must keep in memory, or hold fast to, the
gospel that was preached. If you hold fast to the truth of the death,
burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are saved! It is that
I have met Christians who have told me, “I have been under
such an attack that I doubt I am saved.” Do you want to know why they
question their salvation? They doubt because they know nothing about the
death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
of God spoke to me and said, “I did not commission my people to go and
preach ‘get saved’. I told my people to go and preach the gospel to every
“Preach the gospel” is the commission. Read it for
yourself in Mark 16:15. The scripture does not say, “Go, get people saved.”
It says, “Preach the gospel.” Why? Because you are saved if you hold fast to
the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
hold fast to “getting saved,” you probably are not. I know this will shake a
lot of false foundations in the world. However, I Corinthians 15:2 is so
clear that anyone can read it and tell that you have to hold fast to the
gospel that was preached.
Do Not Believe in Vain
finish I Corinthians 15:2:
...what I preached unto you, unless ye
have believed in vain.
You can believe in vain. If you do not hold
fast to the gospel —the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus
Christ —you have believed in vain. This is not “once saved, always saved”.
If you do not continue to believe, you have believed in vain.
Paul Received the Gospel
Continue with I Corinthians 15:3:
I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,...
received the gospel first. You cannot deliver the gospel if you have not
What is the gospel? Verses 3 and 4 give the scriptural
...that Christ died for our sins according to the
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the
third day according to the scriptures (v.4).
This is the gospel
simply defined: the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus
Working out Salvation
Before we discuss salvation
any further, I want to tell you now that Satan will play games with you over
the words we read in I Corinthians 15:1-4. Do not let him. He will make you
say, “Well, I wonder what happened to my great, great-grandfather?” It does
not make any difference, because you cannot save him.
God says in
Philippians 2:12 that we should work out our own salvation. Leave everyone
else alone. If you want to know something, ask God. Do not let the devil
take the truth and beat you over the head with it. Only God knows who is
saved and who is going to heaven. You cannot know who is saved unless God
Hold Fast to the Gospel
Let us examine “salvation”
further. Ephesians 1:13 tells us that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the
seal of your salvation. You cannot be baptized in the Holy Spirit without
having first believed the gospel.
However, do not think that it is
enough simply to believe on Jesus one time. If you do not hold fast to the
death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, you can lose the
salvation that you had.
That fact is right here in the scriptures. I
am simply telling you what is in the Word. Read I Corinthians 15:1-4
thoroughly for yourself.
I know how religious people will react. They
will say, “Well now, brother, that does not say that.” Yes, I have heard
their stories, and I do not want to listen to them again.
obey I Corinthians 15:1-4. Stand fast in the gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Mark 1:14 again:
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came
into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
according to scripture, that the gospel is the death, burial, and
resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Now, we are going to look at the “kingdom of
Jesus is our example, and His gospel was the gospel of the
kingdom of God. He was preaching something different than most ministers
preach. He was preaching His death, burial, and resurrection.
the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God needs to be examined according to
God’s Word. Look at I Corinthians chapter 4. I will show you something that
will probably shock you.
Religionists have taught that the kingdom of
God is in word, but it is not. The kingdom of God is in power. This fact is
scriptural. Because you say that you believe every word of the Bible, you
cannot deny that you believe these words. I will show you not only these
verses, but others that will challenge your religious foundation.
is challenging the kingdoms of darkness in the world. He is confronting
religious kingdoms — Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal, “Word,” and
other denominational kingdoms — to believe what you say you believe. The
fact is that you know you do not.
In I Corinthians 4:18-20, Paul
Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you (v.
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know,
not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power (v. 19).
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (v. 20).
“power” is from the Greek word, dunamis. Dunamis means ability. The kingdom
of God is not in most of our preaching. It is not in enticing words. It is
not even in teaching the Word of God. It is in power.
Further, if our
teaching and preaching are not associated with power, the letter of the Word
is being preached, not the Spirit. The letter will kill us.
Corinthians 3:6, Paul says of God:
Who also hath made us able
ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for
the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
This scripture is
true no matter who teaches it.
Jesus is our example. Do you agree? If
you and I are doing what Jesus did, we will be preaching the gospel of the
kingdom of God. Therefore, signs will always follow our preaching. Signs
will occur because we will simply be publishing, or proclaiming, the gospel
of the kingdom of God with power.
If you never preached anything in
your Sunday morning church services except the gospel, you would be doing
yourself and the people to whom you are preaching a great favor. Remember,
the gospel is that Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead the third
day. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father
making intercession for you and me. That, my friend, is power!
THE GOSPEL WITH AUTHORITY
into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom. The gospel of the kingdom
is in power. I want you to see also that the gospel of the kingdom of God is
taught with authority.
Mark 1:22 says:
And they were
astonished at his doctrine [His teaching]: for he taught them as one that
had authority, and not as the scribes.
The word “authority” means
privilege. “He taught them as one that had [privilege].”
did Jesus have authority? Well, praise God, I am glad you asked. Turn to
Luke 4:32-36. These scriptures give the same account that is given in Mark
1:22, but in more detail.
Luke 4:32 says:
And they were
astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
“power” here means authority or privilege.
Luke 4:33-34 continues:
And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean
devil, and cried out with a loud voice (v. 33),
Saying, Let us alone;
what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to
destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God (v.34).
That spirit knew who Jesus was.
In verse 35, we see:
rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil
had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
Jesus commanded the devil to hold his peace and come out of the man. The
devil threw the man in the midst of the people and came out of him without
doing him any harm.
Now, look at verse 36. I want you to see this:
And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a
word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean
spirits, and they come out.
Jesus had authority and power! In verse
36, the word “authority” is the Greek word, exousia, or privilege. The word
“power” here is dunamis. With authority [privilege] and with power[ability],
He commanded the unclean spirits, and they came out. Can you do that? Does
your ministry exemplify this, or do you merely preach, “I have done my part,
now it is up to Jesus”?
Let me tell you this. I have listened to
preachers in the United States of America say, “Now I have laid hands on
people, it is up to God. I have preached the word. Now it is up to God.”
That is incorrect. You must obey God. You must be led by the Spirit. You
must preach the gospel of the kingdom of God. You must publish the good
news, the glad tidings, the gospel. The gospel is the death, burial, and
resurrection of the Lord Jesus. The gospel is authority and power.
One last word: if you preach another gospel, there will be no changes in the
lives of the people to whom you preach, and you will be accursed. Look at
Galatians 1:8 and 9:
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 (v. 8).
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man
preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be
accursed (v. 9).
These scriptures should be enough to make anyone
believe God! If you believe God, you will obey God, and you will preach the
gospel. The gospel will be preached with authority and with power.
THE GOSPEL WITH POWER
chapter, we are going to take a closer look at the power of God that is
always associated with the gospel of the kingdom. Look at I Corinthians
4:18-20. Paul says, in verse 18:
Now some are puffed up, as though I
would not come to you.
Would you care to guess what “puffed up”
means? Could the words “puffed up” mean “pride”?
Verses 19 and 20
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know,
not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power (v.19).
the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (v.20).
that when he came, he would not know the preachers that only taught the
word. They are puffed up. Rather, he said that he would know those that
demonstrated the power of God.
The kingdom of God is not in word, but
in power. When God showed me these three verses about 14 years ago, I could
distinctly separate those ministers who were “puffed up” from those
ministers who demonstrated the power of God.
Mark 1:14 says:
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching
the gospel of the kingdom of God.
Look at this verse along with I
Corinthians 4:18-20. Jesus came into Galilee publishing the gospel — His
death, burial, and resurrection. What did He publish? He published the power
of God. According to I Corinthians 4:18-20, any minister who does not
demonstrate the power of God is “puffed up.”
In the United States,
there are preachers who stand up day after day and try to justify why they
do not pray for the sick and why they demonstrate no power. They say, “God
has called me as a teacher.” I know these ministers by name, but I do not
want to embarrass them. I love them enough to point out I Corinthians
Further, I pray that God will lead them to repent. If you
think God has called you to teach the Word of God with no power, you are
mightily deceived. Satan has misled you.
When God started leading me
to demonstrate His power, I did not want to. I did not want to be associated
with people who cast out devils, healed the sick, and spoke in tongues. I
did not mind going to church with people who spoke in tongues as long as
they did not know that I did. However, God spoke the following to me: “If
you love me, you will keep my words.”
On two occasions, I heard a man
who is considered to be one of the leading evangelists in the United States
of America make the following public statement: “I am not a novice. I can
count on five fingers all of the miracles that God has done in this ministry
in all my years.”
He also said, “God does not grow out legs; God does
not fill teeth; and God does not do other miracles that I hear people
People flock by the thousands to listen to that man
preach. You can determine for yourself whether or not he is obeying God. I
have enough courage to tell you that a person who is not demonstrating God’s
power is simply not following the Spirit of God. I am not concerned if you
call me critical or judgmental. (If that is what you believe, I call you
deceived. That is what Jesus calls you, too.)
Jesus came publishing
the gospel — the death, burial, and resurrection of the kingdom of God —
with power. The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. In the United
States, preachers say, “Well, my words have power. I preached the Word, and
now I have to go. God will demonstrate His power as I am leaving.” That
happens all of the time.
Do you know something? God will demonstrate
His power. Thank God, He will. If you have a drop of faith and can believe
any of the Word, God will demonstrate His power for you.
I grew up
listening to and watching these ministers. I received everything I wanted to
receive from God. I did not receive my blessing by having these preachers
lay their hands on me, either. I simply took the Word and started believing
it. That is the only reason some of us have emerged from the Charismatic
movement with a little faith and a little power.
Now, God is saying,
“I want you to show these people what a fight it was to get where you are. I
want you to love them. I do not want you to forget them. I do not want you
to become so large that you forget your roots.”
If every Christian
would remember his small beginnings, he would continue to make people
Christians. Everyone wants to be the biggest. That is all we think. When we
have large crowds, we think God is approving our ministry.
God approve the ministry of Jesus? The Apostle Peter tells us in Acts 2:22:
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of
God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the
midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.
Jesus was approved of God
by miracles and wonders and signs. Take a close look at what is happening in
the church you attend. Is the gospel being preached? Is there any power
demonstrated? I John 4:1 says to try the spirits and see if they are of God.
Read Mark 16:17 and 18. The signs described in those verses will follow
the preaching of the gospel. The power of God will be demonstrated. If the
power of God is not occurring in your church, ask God what He would have you
do. You are His sheep, and you hear His voice.
THE GOSPEL WITH AUTHORITY AND POWER
In previous chapters, we
have seen that Jesus preached the Word—the gospel—with authority and power.
He commanded unclean spirits to come out, and they came out. Now, I want you
to see Matthew 28:18:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All
power [authority or privilege] is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
The authority of God must be given to you before you put your Bible in a
suitcase and depart to preach to all nations.
In addition, Jesus said
in Luke 24:49 that you are not to preach “until ye be endued with power
[ability] from on high.” When you are endued with power, you have the
ability of the Holy Spirit.
Authority Only Is Not Enough
You must have both authority and ability with your preaching. If you have
authority only, the devil will mock you. He will say, “This is my house.”
In the beginning, I had authority only. God was leading me into His
ability, however, and teaching me His ways. Before God’s power—His
ability—was demonstrated in my life, I did not know how to handle demons. I
would command a demon to depart, and it would say, “This is my house. I am
not going to come out of here.”
I would simply stand there and stare.
I did not know what else to do. I said, “God, what are you going to do with
I spent six hours one night trying to cast the demons
out of a woman. I do not think I ever cast them out. I merely stirred them
up — like a bunch of bees. They did sting, too!
I was so tired that I
went to bed. I thought, “This is a waste of time. I cannot cast out demons.”
But, praise God, He will teach us His ways as we walk with Him.
The Power of the Holy Spirit
We must have authority and power to
preach the gospel. Where does the power come from? The power comes from the
Holy Spirit. Look at Acts 1:8:
But ye shall receive power
[ability], after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be
witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all JudŠa, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the earth.
You receive power—the ability
of God—after the Holy Spirit is come upon you — after you are baptized in
the Holy Spirit.
You must know that you have authority over the devil
if you want to cast him out. You must also have the ability of the Holy
Spirit operating in you to cast the devil out. It is the Holy Spirit who
casts out the devil. It is not you and I.
It is so nice when you
learn to walk in the Spirit and let Him lead you. You know that you have the
authority, and you walk in that privilege. Then the Spirit of God will rise
up inside you, and you will feel like a faith giant. I am not kidding you.
You feel like 170 pounds of faith. (That happens to be what I weigh.)
You only hope that there is a devil in front of you. The power of God is
searching for demons. When He sees a demon in a person, that demon will
scream and throw the person down. Then the devil comes out. After the
anointing and the ability leave you, you merely weigh 170 pounds of nothing.
As I read Acts 1:8, I would think, “This must have been wild!” Then, the
first time I experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in church, I did not
know what to do. I thought it was incredible. I wondered if I were going to
I walked around the church, and when I got within four
or five feet of someone with a demon, the demon would come out screaming and
roaring. That is the love of God. That is the gospel of the kingdom of God.
What is being done in the church? Preachers say, “I want you all to come
up here and line up. Line up here! I am going to lay my hands on all of you.
In Jesus’ name, I will command the devil to go, and he will be gone. Now you
will be free.” And nothing happens. No power is demonstrated.
that is what they do. The preacher leaves, and the devil stays. I could not
understand that. I thought, “What is this?” All of you who have witnessed
this know what I am talking about.
People have come to me and said,
“I have had all of these preachers pray for me. Now I am going to give you a
chance.” They started with Hagin and Schambach and all of the big
ministries. I asked them, “Well, what are you doing here with me?”
When the Holy Ghost casts the devil out of people right in front of your
eyes, you will find out that it does not make any difference who they have
had praying for them. What matters is the Spirit of God operating through
you. I am not interested in whose prayer line you have been in.
God sends you to me for prayer, you are going to be set free. If you come
merely because you have heard I cast out devils, I am not even going to pray
for you. I have stopped that.
God told me, “You do not pray for
people unless I tell you to pray. You do not lay hands on people unless I
tell you to lay hands.” I did not know anyone in the country that was as
cautious as I was.
Once I was listening to Norvel Hayes. He said that
Kathryn Kuhlman protected her gifts better than anyone he had ever seen. He
said that you could not make that woman pray for you if she did not want to
I said, “Thank God! That is the Spirit of God in me telling me
not to lay hands on everyone.” I praise God for what Norvel Hayes said about
Kathryn Kuhlman protecting her gifts.
I watched her once at one of
her meetings. She would pick only certain individuals for prayer. In the
United States, the preachers say, “I want you to fill this wall! Come up
here, and we are going to put oil on you and lay hands on all of you.”
If God tells you to lay hands on everyone, that is fine. If you do it
just to please people, then it is not fine.
When the Spirit of God is
operating in you, you can sit down, stand up, or do anything else you want,
and watch the power of God manifest. It is so much fun. It is so easy to
watch God heal people.
I was praying for a man one night. He had two
vertebrae that had been damaged and were deteriorating. The physicians
wanted to fuse them surgically. I sat down in a chair. I said to the man,
“Sit down in this chair. I want to pray for you.”
I started praying,
and suddenly the Spirit of God hit his midsection and jerked him. He said,
“Oh, something in me just popped, something in the middle of me just moved
I said, “Get up, and bend over.” He stood up, bent over,
and felt no pain. God repaired two vertebrae for him as he was sitting there
in that chair.
That has happened to me only a few times. That was the
funniest thing I have ever seen. God simply moved his back and put it in the
correct position. God is the best chiropractor you have ever met. Well, He
is! He can do anything. Anything!
I have watched God take people and
twist them in every direction. I saw Him take a woman at our mission one
night and rotate her arm backward and upward until her arm was fully
extended. I thought, “God, you are going to damage this woman’s arm. That
arm will just rotate so far that way.”
Then I said, “Doyle, you had
better leave God alone. He knows how to deal with people’s arms.” What God
did was amazing. The woman’s arm was completely healed.
have the authority—the privilege—to preach the gospel. But, be wise. Do not
go anywhere to preach the gospel until you have the power of the Holy Spirit
gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, you must then repent. Open your
Bible to Mark 1:14-15:
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus
came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God (v. 14),
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:
repent ye, and believe the gospel (v. 15).
In verse 14, Jesus came
into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. In verse 15, Jesus
preached repentance and belief. Do you teach this when you preach?
Mark said that Jesus came proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and saying
that the kingdom of God was at hand. Jesus also said, “Repent ye, and
believe the gospel.” He did not say, “Repent, you sinner.” He did not say,
“Repent, or go to hell.” He said, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Change Your Will
What, then, is repentance? Repentance is a
changing of the mind. It means to have another mind, or another will.
Repentance is having the will of God. What is the will of God? The will of
God is that you believe the gospel. It is very simple.
into Galilee saying, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” He did not say,
“Repent, and join our church.” He did not say, “Repent, and walk the aisle
at a crusade, with tears running down your cheeks, making a profession of
He said, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” What is the
gospel? You should know that by now. The gospel is that Jesus died, was
buried, and rose again the third day.
Confessing Your Sins Is Not
Romans 10:9 tells you God’s plan of salvation:
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Did you know that the Bible does not say that you need to recite the
“sinner’s prayer” to be saved?
You can confess your sins and never be
saved. Did you know you can confess your sins to your wife, to your husband,
or to your pastor and never be saved? Do you know why? The reason is that
you never confessed Jesus as Lord and believed that He was raised from the
Look at this example. Suppose you were in prison about to die
in the electric chair or die from a lethal injection. You confess every sin
you ever committed. But you do not believe Jesus Christ was raised from the
dead. And you do not confess Him as Lord of your life. You will die a sinner
and go to hell. Did you know that?
Repent, Then Believe
is not enough to confess your sins. You have to believe that Jesus died, was
buried, and rose again the third day. When He died, He went to hell for you
and for me, so that we would not have to go.
He also ascended to the
right hand of the Father. He sits there today making intercession for you
and me. You must believe that!
You must believe that Jesus was raised
from the dead. You cannot believe in Mohammed. He was not raised from the
dead. You cannot believe in other prophets. They have not been raised from
Jesus has been raised from the dead. He is the only one who
died who is still alive today, praise be to God! He is seated at the right
hand of the Father.
Jesus Christ is Lord
In addition to
believing that Jesus was raised from the dead, you have to confess Him as
Lord of your life to be saved, or made sound. Do you know what you and I
have been taught? We have been taught to ask Him to come into our lives and
be our Savior. That is not scriptural. Jesus wants to be your Savior.
However, He also wants to be Lord of your life.
You and I have been
deceived. We have been misled by religious teachings, religious preachers,
denominational spirits, witchcraft, flattery, and divination. We have not
been told the truth. We have been taught a partial truth. We have been
Hosea 10:13 says that we have eaten the fruit of
lies. We have believed these lies and have been led astray. However, Romans
10:13 tells us, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
saved.” Do you believe that?
You may say, “I was born in church.”
What does that have to do with salvation? Have you ever believed that Jesus
is your Lord and that He was raised from the dead? Have you told Him so?
You might say, “Well, I have been to crusades and made decisions, and I
have dedicated my life to Christ.” What does that mean? You cannot dedicate
your life to Christ unless you have first believed that He was raised from
the dead and have confessed Him as Lord.
If you do not believe that
Jesus was raised from the dead and that He is Lord, you cannot make a
dedication. Therefore, your re-dedicating, your re-joining, and your getting
your name on a church roll do not mean a thing. They are worthless acts.
If you do not believe that Jesus died and rose again, and if you do not
confess Him as Lord, you cannot even be saved. Do you see that? Jesus said,
“Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Change your will and have the will of
God. Believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again.
REPENTANCE AND BELIEF IN THE GOSPEL
repentance, you must do something. You must believe the gospel. By believing
the gospel and submitting your life to the gospel, you allow Jesus to
exercise His Lordship in your life. If you want Jesus to be your Lord, you
have to believe the gospel.
Romans 10:9 says that you must believe
that Jesus was raised from the dead and confess Him as Lord. Then He will be
your Lord. If you do not believe He was raised from the dead, He will not be
Lord. If He is not your Lord, you are not saved. It is that simple.
Believe the Bible. Do not believe preachers, and do not believe me. Search
it out for yourself. Search the scriptures and find out if what I am
teaching is true.
Better yet, get your Bible and open it today to
Romans 10:8-10. See for yourself that these words are true. Read I
Corinthians 15:1-4 and Mark 1:14-15 and see that they are true.
Corinthians 15:2 says that if we do not believe Jesus was raised from the
dead, our believing is vain, or void. If you want Christ to be Lord of your
life, you will have to confess Him so.
You will have to believe that
Jesus was raised from the dead and confess Him as Lord. Then He will become
Lord of your life. By doing so, you will have submitted your life to Him.
People say, “Jesus is my Lord.” Then you ask them, “Do you believe the
“Do you believe the death, burial, and
“Do you believe it is the power of
“I do not know.”
“Do you have any power in your life?”
“No, but I believe that Jesus is my Lord.”
I walked through
crowds like that. They would not know Jesus if He were to show up on a
donkey. They have only heard about Him. I am not putting them down. I am
simply trying to tell you that they do not know Jesus the man.
a man, you know? It previously would have astonished me to say “the man.”
Religious people say, “Oh, do not be so disrespectful. He is the Son of
Well, He was a Jew. He was a carpenter. He was Mary’s son. He
was indistinguishable from the rest of the people until He received the Holy
Ghost and spent 40 days in the wilderness--fasting and speaking the Word of
God to the devil.
He overcame the devil and returned to Galilee in
the ability of the Holy Spirit. Jesus called His disciples, and they went
into Capernaum. There, on the sabbath, He taught in the synagogue. The
people were astonished when the demons screamed out of the man.
is the true Jesus! He did that then, and He is doing the same thing today.
We are living in an exciting time.
Jesus said, “Repent ye, and
believe the gospel”--the death, burial, and resurrection. If you do not
believe anything else, believe the gospel. That is all that is necessary.
You need to know how I started walking with God. I thought much
knowledge would give me much power. I read every book I could. I read
preachers’ books and listened to their tapes. I had a tape recorder in my
car. I had Bibles in my car. I had Old and New Testament tapes in my car. I
was reading everyone’s books, listening to tapes, and dying every day.
God said that the power of God is in the gospel. I thought that was too
simple. How could that be? The power of God is in the fact that Jesus died,
was buried, and rose again the third day. Jesus said to me, “Doyle, repent
and believe the gospel!”
The farther I walk with God, the more my
walk returns to the basic truth. Do not forget to believe that Jesus died,
was buried, and rose again. That is the power of God unto salvation to
people who believe the truth. That is what this book is all about. It is
teaching you Christianity--the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Did you know that many Christians still have Jesus in a manger? They
continue to perceive Him as a baby. Many others still have Him on the cross.
Few people know the true Jesus--the resurrected Jesus. They know the
historical Jesus, but they do not know the Christ who rose from the dead.
I have told this story many times in church and in Bible school. It is
coming up in my spirit now:
I was standing out in my yard one day and
thinking about when I was raised in church. My father and mother have been
Christians more than 60 years. From the Bible, I knew about David. I knew
about Abraham. I had heard about Elijah. They seemed like men. They appeared
to be rather far-out men, but they were men.
However, Jesus was like
some alien being that was unapproachable. He was light-years away from me. I
thought that it would be so nice if I could only know this man.
said to God, “I want to know why David was like a man, and Abraham and Paul
were men. Your Word says your Son was a man. Why is He so unapproachable?”
God said to me, “The people at the church you attended did not have a
revelation of my Son.”
We knew all of the men in the Bible after the
flesh. You cannot know Jesus after the flesh. II Corinthians 5:16 says,
“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have
known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.”
We once knew Jesus after the flesh. However, He died, was buried, and
rose again the third day. Now we know Him as the resurrected Christ. He is
alive unto God! If you know the true Jesus, the resurrected Jesus, He will
do anything in you and me.
That is the Christ I want to know. That is
the Jesus of Nazareth I want to understand. He is the one that rose
again--not the one that was on the cross and is still up there suffering.
I do not want to hear about the religious Jesus. I do not have time to
put Jesus in a manger at Christmas time. I am sorry to rip apart your
doctrines, but I do not have time to waste. He is not in a manger. That is
not the gospel.
Thank God that He is revealing the true gospel to
you--the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Repent of all
the lies you have believed about the gospel and believe the truth!
THE IMPORTANCE OF HEARING THE GOSPEL
You are probably beginning to wonder about what I am writing. I am so
glad that I am being freed from my religious ways. I am happy that I can
speak the way that I want to speak.
I have to get these words across
to you and help you get a revelation of them. I am not concerned much any
more whether anyone thinks that I conform to religious tradition’s image of
a preacher. I only want to please Jesus.
You must hear the gospel to
believe it. Look again at Romans 10:13, which says, “For whosoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Note the word “whosoever.”
That word means everyone, including you and me.
Romans 10:14 says,
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?” You cannot
call on Him unless you believe! “And how shall they believe in him of whom
they have not heard?” You cannot believe if you have not heard. “And how
shall they hear without a preacher?” Someone must preach the gospel to you
We are told in Galatians 3:8 that God preached the gospel to
Abraham, saying, “In thee shall all nations be blessed.” That is the gospel,
and God preached those words to Abraham. We will look at that later in
You will have so much gospel in you after you have read
this book that you will want another one exactly like it. You must get a
revelation of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It must be preached to
Romans 10:15 says:
And how shall they preach, except they
be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach
the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
you hear unless someone preaches the death, burial, and resurrection of the
Lord Jesus Christ to you? You cannot.
The gospel I heard as a young
man was not the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Preachers would say, “Let
us read the gospel.” They would read the gospel according to Matthew. When
they came to healing, they jumped over it. When they came to casting out
devils, they could not even see that. They were so blind that they did not
even know it was in the Bible!
John 3:16 is a Bible verse that I had
heard, probably many thousands of times. In fact, it was on a sign board
about a mile from my home. Every time I would go to town, I would see it.
Below the sign, someone had the nerve to write, “If you do not believe this,
you are going to hell!”
Jesus did not say that. He said that if you
believed John 3:16, you would have everlasting life. Jesus said to preach
the gospel. He did not say to write messages on sign boards telling people
they were going to hell.
John 3:16 is in the Bible, and it is the
gospel. However, I had no concept of what it meant. John 3:16 will do you no
good unless it is revealed to you. The gospel is the power of God unto
salvation to everyone who believes.
Continue looking at Romans 10:14
and 15. How can people hear, unless someone preaches? They cannot. How can
they preach, unless they are sent? They cannot. Who sends them?
Denominations? No! A church? No! God must send you! If He does not send you,
you are not sent.
I was visiting with a man once. He said, “I would
like to have a doctor’s degree from a recognized seminary so that people
will accept me.” He really said that! You would be shocked to find out how
religion has distorted the ministry.
That man discovered that he
would not be accepted unless he had a doctoral degree from a seminary. That
is true unless God sends you. If God sends you, He will send you preaching
the gospel of the kingdom. The people will receive you even if you are
nothing but an ex-veterinarian.
In America today, most ministers have
been exalted by one or more denominations. Ministers in the “Word” movement
have not renounced their denominational doctrines. Jesus tells us in Mark
7:6-13 that teaching the commandments, or traditions, of man makes the Word
of God of none effect. I am not putting these ministers down. They, like all
of us, need to repent of their denominational doctrines.
God spoke to
me when I was a practicing veterinarian and a Methodist lay speaker in
McKinney, Texas--a small North Texas town. He said, “Go to Plano, Texas and
speak to the people of Plano.” I said, “Go to Plano and talk to them about
what?” He said, “Turn to Acts 11 where Paul went to Antioch, and you will
I turned to that chapter and God spoke to me. He said,
“What took place in Antioch will take place in Plano.” That is exactly what
I did not know any Christians in Plano, Texas. No one
there was looking for me. Nevertheless, within a six-week period, people
came to me. They had talked to people all over the United States of America,
trying to find someone who would establish a church.
This group of
Plano people had had two pastors in two years. They were a bruised group of
Christians. A church would be started, and it would fail. Another church
would begin, and it, too, would fail. Some of these people came to me and
said, “Would you pastor our church?”
I said, “No. I already have a
ministry. I will come to Plano with the ministry I have. If you want to join
it, you can.” They said, “We will go for anything now. We have been through
enough splits.” That is how this ministry started.
God had told me,
six weeks prior to this, to “go speak to the people of Plano.” I said, “The
people from Plano do not even know me. They are not looking for me.” They
were, however. They were saying, “Where is a man of God that will come here
and speak the Word to us?”
One man said, “After I heard you, I did
not want to hear you. After I heard what you said, I did not like your
teachings.” He had asked God to send a man of God, but he did not really
want to hear God’s words. He heard the Word, though. He is still in this
church. It is by the grace of God that any of us are here.
10:15 states, “How shall they preach, except they be sent?” They cannot.
Unless Jesus sends you, stay at home. If you do not believe that He was
raised from the dead, He will not send you. He is not talking to you. It is
Finally, read the last part of Romans 10:15:
...as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the
gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
preacher is sent, his feet will be shod with the preparation of the gospel
of peace. He will bring the good news of the gospel to you. You will then
hear and see the gospel of the kingdom of God--the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
IMPORTANCE OF FAITH
THAT COMES BY HEARING THE GOSPEL
necessary to believe, or obey, the Word of God. How do you get faith?
Faith comes by believing the gospel. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes
by hearing, and hearing comes by the Word of God. If you want to hear and
believe God’s Word, you will have to hear the gospel.
Look at Romans
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith,
Lord, who hath believed our report?
The Word of God that you must
hear is the gospel. However, not everyone believes the gospel. I want you to
see that obeying the gospel and believing the gospel are the same.
Faith comes by believing the gospel. Faith does not come by having a
positive confession of God’s Word. Just because you confess yourself
righteous, forgiven, or prosperous does not make your confession come to
If you believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again the
third day, you believe the gospel. If Jesus is Lord of your life, you will
serve Him with your spirit in the gospel. If you believe the gospel, you
will obey the gospel.
If you do not obey the gospel, you do not
believe it. Let me emphasize that if you obey the gospel, you believe that
Jesus died, was buried, and rose again the third day!
Do you know
what Paul says in Philippians 3:5 and 6? He says that he was a Pharisee and
that touching the righteousness which is in the law, he was blameless. Then
he says in verses 8-10:
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but
loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I
have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may
win Christ (v.8),
And be found in him, not having mine own
righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of
Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (v.9):
That I may
know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his
sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (v.10).
Do you know
Jesus? Do you know the power of His resurrection which God worked in Christ
when He raised Him from the dead? Do you know that power? Or have you merely
heard of Jesus?
Do you just know some religious Jesus whose picture
or statue you saw in your church--one that had a crown of thorns on His
head--an anemic, wormy, weak, pale-looking thing in a picture that they
called Jesus? Well, my friend, you need to read the gospel.
Isaiah, chapters 52 and 53. Read Psalms 22, 88, and 89. See if you can find
on those pages the Jesus that looks like the picture hanging in your church.
Then look at the resurrected Jesus in the first three chapters of
Revelation. See if you can find your religious Jesus described there as He
revealed himself to the apostle John. Does He look like that picture hanging
in your church?
You would do yourself a favor if you got rid of that
ridiculous picture. It is not Christ. It is man’s product, made to sell for
Do not be deceived. Faith does not come by obeying the law.
Faith does not come by, “Thou shalt not covet.” Faith does not come by,
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Faith does not come by, “Thou shalt not
bear false witness.” Faith does not come by, “Thou shalt honor thy father
Faith comes by believing that Jesus died, was buried,
rose again on the third day, and that He ascended into heaven. He is seated
there today, making intercession for you.
You are seated there [in
heaven] in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), and you are blessed with all
spiritual blessings in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). Hear and believe
that. That is the way faith comes.
IMPORTANCE OF HEARING
AND KEEPING THE WORD
Three accounts in
the New Testament -- Matthew, Mark, and Luke -- describe the parable of the
sower. Mark 4:9 tells us that if we have ears to hear, we are to hear the
Word of God.
Jesus taught the parable of the sower. He said that the
sower goes and sows the Word. The Word that is sown is that Jesus died, was
buried, and rose again the third day.
Examine the scripture in
Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Matthew 13:23 says, “Heareth the word, and
understandeth it;...” Mark 4:20 says, “Such as hear the word, and receive
it,...” Finally, Luke 8:15 says, “Having heard the word, keep it,...”
If you hear and understand, hear and receive, and hear and keep God’s
Word, do you know what will happen to you? That Word will convert you.
You must hear and receive it. You must receive these words--that Jesus
died, was buried, and rose again for you. Just for you! Had there not been
another person on the face of this earth, He would have died and would have
been raised again for you. Hear and receive the Word of God.
does Matthew 13:23 mean? “Heareth the word, and understandeth it;...” [God’s
Word]“? Understand what? That He died for you! He died, and He went to hell.
He was there three days. He was there for you. Do you understand that?
Jesus rose again through the faith of the operation of God. If you will
hear these words, and understand and keep them, then they will convert you.
Do you know what conversion will do for you? It will change your life.
The world has had preached to it that people must make a religious
decision--that they must make a decision this day to follow Jesus. Religion
has a song entitled, ”I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.“ You cannot just
decide to follow Jesus. You can come to Him only if the Father which has
sent Him draws you (John 6:44).
Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, ”If any
man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow me.“ You do not decide. You simply take up your cross and follow
When you follow Him, He is going to lead you in paths of
righteousness for His name’s sake. God is the One who leads you unto
repentance. God is the One who will lead you in paths of righteousness.
You will encounter a time in your walk with Jesus when you will think
that you cannot follow Him another step. Then He will show you Romans
8:35-39. He will tell you that neither present things, future things, nor
height, depth, persecution, affliction, troubles, or any other thing can
separate you from the love of God.
II John, verse 6 says:
this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment,
That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
Unless Jesus takes your life and leads you in paths of righteousness, you
are not going anywhere. You may think that you are following Jesus by
joining a church. You may think that you are following Jesus by joining an
organization. You may think that you are following Jesus by preaching the
gospel, or your version of the gospel.
Let me be blunt. If we are not
led by the Spirit of God, Hebrews 12:8 and Romans 8:14 tell us that we are
bastards! It is that simple. Do you know what a bastard is? A bastard is one
who is without a father.
John 14:18 says that people without the Holy
Ghost are comfortless. They are fatherless. They do not have a father. They
do not know their Father. Unless you have the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
which comes by hearing the gospel and is evidenced by speaking in other
tongues, you are just a spiritual orphan.
Listen, I have been there.
That is why I teach what I teach. That is why I can share what I share. I
speak plain words. If I do not speak plain words, as Jesus puts them in my
heart and in my mouth, then they will not profit you.
Further, if I
shun to declare unto you all the counsel of God (Acts 20:27), it will not
profit you, nor will it profit me. I do not want to find myself a castaway!
I want to find myself a profitable, faithful servant when I stand at the
Great White Throne Judgment.
Hear the gospel and keep it. Believe
that Jesus died for you, was buried, and rose again the third day. Believe
OUR GOD REIGNS
In Isaiah, chapter 52, the prophet Isaiah prophesied by the Spirit of God,
about 750 years prior to Jesus’ coming, dying, being buried, and rising
again. He prophesied in verse 7:
How beautiful upon the mountains are
the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that
bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto
Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Does your God reign? Or do you know Jesus
just as Savior? Have you ever been told that Jesus reigns?
Corinthians 15:25 and 26 say:
For he must reign, till he hath put all
enemies under his feet (v.25).
The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death (v.26).
Have you ever read that?
what I Corinthians 15:24 says: ”When he shall have put down all rule and all
authority and power.“ He is going to reign until all rule, authority, and
power have been put down. Would you agree?
Isaiah 52:8 says, ”Thy
watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing:
for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.“
Do you see the last part of this verse? ”For they shall see eye to eye,
when the Lord shall bring again Zion.“ If Methodists, Baptists,
Pentecostals, Catholics, and all other denominations do not see eye to eye,
Jesus is not your Lord, and you are not in Zion.
Do not kid yourself!
If you are a denominational person, Word person, charismatic, or something
else, and if you do not teach the same doctrine, then you do not see eye to
eye. If you do not see eye to eye, then you cannot walk in fellowship, one
I John 1:7 states: ”But if we walk in the light, as he
is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.“ See this!
”Eye to eye...“
”Walk in the light...“ Jesus is the Light. He is the Word that was
manifested in the flesh. There is no place for denominations. There is no
place for divisions in the body of Christ because all should see eye to eye.
Amos 3:3 makes this statement: ”Can two walk together, except they be
agreed?“ They cannot. How can you see eye to eye unless you have the same
doctrine? You cannot have your Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist, ”Word,“ or
other doctrine, and say that you are of Christ unless your doctrine agrees
with the doctrine of Christ. You are only kidding yourself. You are
deceived, my friend.
In I Timothy 1:3, Paul says, “That thou mightest
charge some that they teach no other doctrine,...” That verse says, “No
The Bible is simple. It is written on a fifth grade
level. If you can read on a fifth grade level, you can read the Bible. If
you will humble yourself, God will give you understanding.
last part of Isaiah 52:8, “They shall see eye to eye”--glory be to
God--“when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” Zion is surely the church.
God is going to bring the church into unity--eye to eye. Ephesians 4:3
says we should “endeavour...to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
peace.” “Keep the unity of the Spirit.” “Endeavour...to keep it.” God is
going to bring us eye to eye.
Ephesians 4:13 says, “Till we all come
in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,...” This
verse tells us that we must come into the unity of the faith and the
knowledge of the Son of God. Then we will see eye to eye.
going to have to walk with me whether you like it or not, because the
doctrine I preach is Jesus. His doctrine is coming forth from His throne, by
His Spirit, through my heart. You will have to walk with me and see eye to
eye. You cannot hide behind your denominational doctrine. You cannot hide
behind falsehoods and lies and say that you love Jesus. That cannot be true.
Jesus is confronting you and challenging you this day because of your
I say to you, if you
will humble yourself, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from your wicked
ways, you will hear from heaven. I will forgive your sins of rebellion. I
will heal your land. The Lord would say unto you, that you have sought ways
that are not My ways. You have gone after ways that are not Mine. You have
gone after strange gods. You have gone after gods of prosperity and gods of
healing, where there are no such gods. You have not sought the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God that healeth thee, the God that giveth
you wealth, the God that causes you to prosper, the God that prospereth your
soul, and, accordingly, will prosper you and give you health. But you have
sought strange gods and sought gods that do not exist. You have departed
from the way and erred and have coveted money and filthy lucre. You have
pierced asunder your own soul. You departed from the God that loves you.
Humble yourself this day, and return to God, the God that loves you, your
first love, the God that led you out of the wilderness, the God that
revealed Himself unto you, healed you and made you prosperous, forgave your
sins and led you in a right way. Then God will receive you this day, saith
the Lord. He will receive you as a sheep gone astray, and bring you into
that fold, and plant you. Then you will be to Him a blessing in the earth,
saith the Lord.
Well, praise God! God spoke to me five years ago and
said that the church of America could not discern its left hand from its
right hand. That was five years ago in July, 1985. He told me at that moment
in time, “I am going to judge the United States of America with your mouth.”
I could not believe that then, but I do now. I accept that. If you can
accept that, praise God. If you cannot, that is fine, too. That is not a
problem to me. That is between God and you.
When God brings again
Zion, the church will see eye to eye. Praise God! The church will see eye to
eye when it has heard the gospel and has believed it. Jesus died, was
buried, and rose again the third day. This is a great time to serve God and
book, I have given you a basic introduction to the gospel of the Lord Jesus.
You have seen throughout this book that the gospel is that Jesus died, was
buried, and rose again the third day.
Also, you have seen that
preaching is simply the proclaiming of the gospel. There is no place for
interpretation or speculation. These words are written simply.
Further, you have seen that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is
the only true gospel. It is the power of God unto salvation for all of those
who believe it. You must stand, or continue, in the gospel, or your
believing is in vain.
The gospel of the kingdom of God is always
preached with authority and always has the power of God associated with it.
Religionists have perverted the gospel by preaching the Word only--usually
their word. They seldom manifest any power. This is a false gospel, and
those who preach any other gospel besides the true gospel are accursed.
You were instructed in Mark 1:14 and 15 to repent and believe the
gospel. Repentance is the changing of your will to God’s will. After
repenting, you must believe the gospel. To believe the gospel, you must have
heard it. And you must have heard and seen the gospel from a preacher who
was sent by the Holy Ghost.
According to Acts 8:5 and 6, Philip
preached Christ [the gospel] to the Samaritans. The people paid attention as
Philip spoke. They heard and saw the miracles which he did. If a preacher is
sent, he will preach the gospel to you. That gospel will bring glad tidings
of good things to you!
If you need salvation, you must believe Romans
10:9 and 10. You must believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the
dead. You must confess Jesus as Lord of your life. This is simple--no
sinner’s prayer and no walking down an aisle. Just obey God’s Word.
Faith comes by hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember, you must have
heard the Word from a preacher sent by God. Then you can believe God and
call on Him in faith.
Preachers have told you to confess Jesus as
Savior or Healer or as the One who can give you prosperity or peace.
However, you can have continuous healing, prosperity, and other blessings
only if Jesus is your Lord.
How can you know if Jesus is your Lord?
If you hear the gospel and obey it, then Jesus is your Lord. James 1:22 says
that if you are a hearer of the Word only, and not a doer, you are deceived.
Who wants to be deceived? No one. Then hear the gospel and keep it. Meditate
on it day and night.
Finally, in Isaiah, chapter 52, you saw that God
reigns. You and I will see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
The church will come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of
Jesus (Ephesians 4:13). Denominational doctrines and other false doctrines
will be demolished. The true gospel will be preached--the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus.
Ephesians 4:3-6 says that you and I shall
endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one
body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. Also, there is one
God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in all of us.
Praise be to God!