It is said that intelligent people learn from their mistakes.
And with that in mind It doesn’t seem as though there are many intelligent people out there…………. did I say that?
Mid-Acts Dispensationalists who argue as to what the gospel is because their ignorance and unbelief cannot bring them to believe 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and who absolutely have NO SHAME whatsoever in denying the Gospel as declared again to the Corinthians by the Apostle Paul.
Unbelief is a funny thing. It’s devoid of logic and common sense.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, – 2 Timothy 3:6
The latest on the grapevine is that Romans 3:24-26 is actually the gospel that saves mens souls……
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
…… and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus………
Taken as such – that would mean all who believe in Jesus (including mainline denoms) are justified.
Redemption : the action of saving or being saved from sin
The action………… what action? How that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, yes?
Satan will do anything to dumb-down and put a stop to people hearing about Christ’s FINISHED WORK on Calvary’s cross – and that’s what 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is about.
Although 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is really simple, it confuses many. Simple truth but it confuses the “intelligent” among us, probably because they don’t understand basic English. Oi vey……
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
Moreover. What does it mean? In addition to what he has told the Corinthians in chapters 13 and 14, he is also confirming and reiterating what the gospel is, why? Because those dudes the Corinthians were real bad man, they couldn’t get anything right, not even the gospel……… kinda sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Then Paul goes on to say something really profound – I DECLARE UNTO YOU THE GOSPEL WHICH I PREACHED UNTO YOU – meaning that he had previously preached it to them but yet, they still got it wrong – why? Because they were denying the resurrection – this is confirmed later in Chapter 15.
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
Some people read this as follows : “…..if ye keep in memory what I prevously preached unto the Romans………” Sorry, bzzzzzt…….. wrong answer. What were they supposed to keep in memory what Paul preached to them?
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
^^^^^^^ That’s the first thing that Paul previously preached to them – how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
^^^^^^^ That’s the second thing they were supposed to keep in memory : that Christ was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures:
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
HOW SAY SOME AMONG YOU THAT THERE IS NO RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD?
This was exactly the problem in Corinth, hence the reason Paul said “Moreover, brethren I declare unto you the gospel”
Today in Corinth they not only deny the resurrection of the dead, they deny the entire gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and replace it – preferably something more digestible, sans the death, burial and resurrection – which is too gory for them – hence the reason why mainline denoms have replaced it. It’s not politically correct to say God died for your sins (what sins?), was buried (mercy! stop talking about the grave!), and rose again on the third day (are you serious?)
The falling away…….. I keep on having to remind myself that before things go belly up in this world, there will be a falling away first. I know that it’s been in effect since the Apostle Paul’s day, but when people start questioning and denying the redemptive action of Christ on Calvary’s cross, you start to see things for what they really are. For the first time I can honestly say I’m ashamed to be associated with most Mid-Acts Dispensationalists because they not only remove Christ’s deity, they also deny the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. These are two very important issues which are core truths for getting people saved.
I go on to ask myself : What is the actual point of their being a body of Christ on this earth when the majority are corrupt and evil, some are even unsaved men and women. How many people are actually being saved today? How much worse can things get doctrinally, and why can’t they see it?
Ridicule me and mock me all you want : I stand in the saving power of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – Christ crucified. I believe simple faith in the gospel is all that is required to save a person from hell fire regardless of who they are or what they have done.
Faith/belief/trust that He died for my sins (all of them), that He was buried – He went to the grave but the grave couldn’t hold Him because He is God, therefore He rose from the dead on the third day, and because He lives, so all men will live for eternity – either in glory or damnation.
Who denies the gospel? Who is the denier?