DECEIVING OURSELVES

"But be doers of the word (work), and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (Jas 1.22-25)."

We go to church and listen to elegant sermons, read our bibles and go to bible studies, worship, fellowship and pray: but we leave off the most important thing: We don’t preach the gospel to others that they might believe on Christ and be saved (1 Cor 1.21, Mk 16.15, Jn 6.47 & Acts 16.31) (See SAVED on www.preach-the-gospel.org for a definition of 'saved'.).

There are six and a half billion people, 300 million in the USA, to whom we must preach the gospel (Mk 16.15). When this has been accomplished the end will come and Christ will return and takes us to be with him forever (Mk 16.15, Mt 24.14 & 30-31, 1 Thes 4.13-18). This is the work (James 1.25). But a little leaven (false doctrine) has leavened the whole lump (See Gal 5.9 & Mt 16.6&12). Man's 'plan of salvation' has taken the place of the gospel, thus hindering it from being preached (See PLAN OF SALVATION and THE SINNER'S PRAYER on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). Christ never said present a plan of salvation. He commands us to "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)."

A person is saved by believing on Christ after the gospel is preached to them not by a prayer of salvation or sinner's prayer (See 47 PASSAGES ON BELIEF on www.preach-the-gospel.org). How many people have you led to Christ by the church's 'plan of salvation?' Not one, probably. But Christ did not say lead others to Christ. He command all believers to "Preach the gospel." But how can we preach the gospel if we don't know what the gospel is? I attended evangelical churches for thirty years and was never taught what the gospel is nor how to preach it. As I said earlear, they have replace the gospel by man's 'plan of salvation' which can't be preached without a pulpit (See DO THE MATH on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).

The Apostle Paul wrote - “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15.1-4).” To preach Paul's gospel simply ask another if they have heard the good news (gospel) and tell them – “Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4).”

The instant a person believes on Christ, after we preach the gospel to them in person with our mouth, they are supernaturally born of God (Eph 6.19-20 & 1 Jn 5.1). Then we can teach them to preach the gospel as well (Mt 28.20), thus speeding the return of Christ. Let’s be doers of the work, instead of hearers only, deceiving ourselves (Jas 1.22-25).

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