“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel, which is really not another only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” (Gal 1:6-9)
This series will feature excerpts taken from a new book I am writing, The Kingdom Election. It arises from revelations God has captivated me with for the past two years now, and this chapter will focus on two contrasting gospels: one Jesus preached and told us to preach, and one embraced by modern Christendom today. It will hopefully reveal the stark differences between the two and why one may not even offer the salvation it purports to be all about.
After over 37 years of ministry, writing, and teaching God showed me the difference between the two kingdoms in play on this earth: the kingdom of man and a literal and oh, so real kingdom of heaven on earth. One of the gospels I will be discussing, the gospel of salvation is simple and convenient, requires little sacrifice from either party, and plays well in the kingdom of man filling mega-temples with converts. The other, the gospel of the kingdom, costs dearly for both parties and does not play well in the kingdom of man, for its numbers are few. One produces converts and babes of men by promising an easy path to heaven, thus fulfilling the goals of the flesh, and one fulfills the goal Jesus gave us in the Great Commission: making “disciples who observe all Jesus commanded.” Jesus preached and lived this gospel, and it is the only one He commanded us to preach and live as well.
As we move through this series the question will become obvious: “What gospel will we preach?” More importantly, “What gospel will we model and be?” for the gospel of the kingdom cannot be preached with mere words, “for the kingdom of God does not consist of words, but in power” (1 Cor. 4:20)!