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OBSTACLES OF REVIVAL
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.
Recently, a speaker was about to give an address on a certain religious book which had achieved some notoriety, and he prefaced his remarks by saying something like this. "Now I am going to criticize this book, but I must say this. A friend of mine who saw this man on television said to me, 'If ever I have looked at a born again man there he was.'"
You see, he was suggesting that what is said in the book does not matter! Though the writer denies the teaching of the Scripture and the creeds of his church, though he denies the being of God, the deity of Christ, and all the essentials of Christianity, in spite of that, what is being put first is our subjective feeling "The man looks to me to be a born again man." So in spite of what he says in his book, "I therefore have a feeling, somehow, that the man is all right after all"!
Now that is the kind of thing that is being said at the present time: "It does not matter what people may teach. Though they may deny the very essence of Christianity, if I like them, if I am attracted to them, if I can talk easily to them, then that is what counts."
You can tell whether a man is preaching the gospel or not, or whether he believes the gospel or not, by what he says! It does not matter what he is in his appearance or in his personality...what does he say? Is it the gospel, or something that is passing as gospel, which is not the gospel?
Then Paul makes it still more explicit: "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]. Could anything be plainer or stronger?
A Thought to Ponder
You can tell whether a man believes the gospel or not, by what he says!
From Saving Faith, a sermon on Romans 10:3 by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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