RUB OFF?

Contrary to popular belief, the gospel is not rubbed off on another by how good we are or by how much love we display. It is also not something that is taught. It is something that we preach with our mouth to another that saves them the instant they believe (Rom 1.16 & 1 Cor 4.15).

Some believe all they have to do is let their light shine. That if they love others that they will be saved. In other words they are saved by our witness or how good we are. The truth is, "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21)." Preaching the gospel means to tell another in person with our mouth - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." This is the same gospel the Apostle Paul himself received and preached, and he wrote, "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. So say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed (Gal 1.8-9). Which gospel are you preaching?

Paul wrote, "Pray for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel... that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak (Eph 6.19-20). "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15)." But St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel to every creature. If necessary use words." Catholicism teaches that we are saved by our works and we save others by our works. What about the work of preaching the gospel. "The Lord has ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel (1 Cor 9.14)." Evangelicals have also adapted St. Francis of Assisi's wordless gospel. This is because the true gospel has been replaced by the 'plan of salvation', making it impossible to preach. According to man's "plan of salvation" we must lead another to Christ through a prayer (See PLAN OF SALVATION and THE SINNER'S PRAYER on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).

Christ commands us to preach the gospel, not present the 'plan of salvation'. Them that believe and are baptized shall be saved (Mk 16.15-16). Simply ask another if they have heard the good news or say, "good news" and tell them, "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 5.1-4)." This gospel that Paul the Apostle received and preached has the power to save every one that believes when we tell it to them in person with our mouth (Rom 1.16, 1 Cor 1.21 & Eph 6.19-20). Most people already know, but there is a big difference between knowing and believing. Preaching it to another gives them the chance to believe on Christ and be saved (Rom 1.16, 1 Cor 1.21, Jn 3.36 & 6.47 and Acts 16.31). Therefore, we must put the gospel on our lips as we go into the world (Mk 16.15). Confessing Christ is also part of our salvation (Mt 10.32, Mk 8.38, Rom 10.9 & 1 Jn 4.2-3).

Salvation is not rubbed off on others. We aren't good enough to save a flea; But Christ is! Ask others if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) or say, 'good news' and - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day." It pleases God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21).

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