1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto 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:”
I am tired of hearing preacher after preacher embellish the Gospel, so that people cannot see the clear light of the truth of the Gospel. The Bible tells us in 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” The Devil's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born again. Hundreds of millions of religious people all across the world are living the Christian life. They attend churches. They sing hymns and religious music. They tithe. They love each other and serve in their church and community. They give money to missions and to help the needy. They can talk about religion for hours and hours. They are good people by all human standards of decency.
But they have never been born again, which happens only by faith alone in the Good News of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen the third day. God the Father sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world to be despised, rejected, beaten beyond human recognition, and then brutally crucified as a common criminal. 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay.
I fully agree with Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995), who said:
“But we've so muddied the Gospel, that when men want to make a decision to trust Christ, we've made it so complicated that they can't make a simple decision to 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' We'll say, 'If you don't do this' or 'You don't do that' or 'You haven't done that,' you're not saved'; but the truth of the matter is that when asked in the Bible, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?,' one clear simple answer was given to him — 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.'” — Pastor Curtis Hutson, “Things That Are Different Are Not The Same” (preached at Southwide Baptist Fellowship on October 3, 1994)
I know a local Baptist pastor who always teaches people to have a “relationship” with Jesus. Although every child of God does have an adopted child/father relationship with God, it is also true that Judas had a “relationship” with Jesus, as one of His very apostles, and yet Judas still went to Hell to burn in fire forever. So we ought not use such unbiblical terminology. You will not find the word “relationship” anywhere in the King James Bible. We not just use the term that Jesus used, which is to BELIEVE. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
Anyone who requires more than faith alone to get to Heaven is a liar! YouTube is filled with wannabe preachers, who are woefully ignorant of the Word of God. Sadly, they have tens of thousands of followers, a hundred times or more what the average church has in average Sunday attendance. Renee Roland is one them, a false teacher on YouTube. Renee has another spirit, preaching the Gospel while denying that an eternal Hell exists. That is another spirit, which the Apostle Paul warned us about in 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4. We should completely avoid anyone who denies the reality of a burning Lake of Fire (Revelation 14:11; 20:11-15; 21:8).
Dear reader, let's keep the Gospel message simple, so everybody can get saved who want to.
“There is power in this Gospel message. Most people just don't know how to present it... The clarity of the Gospel is what makes it easy for them to believe.” —Pastor Yankee Arnold, a quote from the excellent MP3 sermon titled, “WHY GRACE CAN SAVE THE WORST MAN!”