Articles by - Mike Muzzerall

Is It Time?

September 2021

We live in a world in which it is politically correct to attack Christianity in general and Christ in particular. Laws have been passed that are antithetical to the Bible. People now feel empowered to go on the offensive. As a result, many believers are hesitant to share the gospel. Many are not willing to take the chance of offending somebody. Some feel it is time to change the gospel so that Christianity would be more attractive to those who are lost. Is it time?

Are We Called To Be Relevant To Society?
Many from progressive Christianity advocate the deconstruction of Christianity to create a new form of Christianity that would be more relevant and appealing to society and those of other religions. They feel that the gospel of Jesus Christ is old-fashioned and must change. “It’s too restrictive,” they say. “It needs to be more acceptable to the masses. If so, more would become Christians. We need to change the gospel.”

Do We Have The Authority To Change The Gospel?
Before we attempt to change the gospel of Jesus Christ, we should address this question: Do we have the authority to change the gospel that was first established by Jesus Christ?

There are those who place church tradition on par or even above the written Word of God (Vatican II). What had been established by church leaders is viewed as the divine revelation of God and must be accepted by the “faithful.” However, that is not what God’s Word says. Paul did not tell Timothy to trust in the traditions of men but to trust in the inspiration of God’s Word. Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Tim. 3:16-17). Those who say their tradition is equal to or more powerful than Scripture did not use Scripture to validate their statement.

Don’t Mess With God’s Word
God’s Word does not give us the authority (Greek: exousia) to change His Word. The book of Revelation ends with a strong warning: “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18-19).

The Way Of Salvation Must Always Remain The Same
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). A simple faith in the completed work of Calvary has always been the only way a sinner might find forgiveness of sin. And that’s where the problem lies—we don’t want to tell people that they have offended God. We would rather tell them that they are already acceptable to God and all they have to do is join a church and participate when it is convenient to do so. We live in a society focused on being politically correct. By doing so, they hope to please everybody.

When it comes to the gospel, you can’t please everybody. James warns us to be careful that our friendship with the world can make us enemies of God: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

Would It Still Be The Gospel?
If we changed the gospel, would it even be the gospel? How is it good news if they believe they are acceptable to God only to find out in the end that they are not? There is only one way to be saved and that is through the blood of the Lamb. For mankind to bypass the sin issue means they are not saved. For mankind to bypass the cross means they are not saved. We will always experience opposition from the world. The answer is to press in to Jesus and not give in to the world. Let’s let our light shine, and let the Holy Spirit pierce the darkness. Is it time to change the gospel? Never!


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