What Constitutes Another Gospel?
“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted…”
(2nd Corinthians 11:4)
From time to time there arises a debate on what constitutes “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6). We all know that there are differences among true and honest believers over various doctrines. When do these differences cross the line from mere differences to heresy? When must we cry, “That is another gospel!” The answer is so simple that there should never again be a debate on the issue. It is “another gospel” when the message is of “another Jesus!” Christ is the only issue worth dividing over, and on this issue we must divide with all who disagree. Who is the true Jesus? Of all the adjectives I could use to describe our Lord in the gospel, the one that seems most fitting is “the successful Jesus.” The true Jesus is the one who “by Himself (actually did) purge our sins” (Hebrews 1:3), the one in whose hand the will of Yahweh prospered (Isaiah 53:10), the one who is the Word from God that does not return to God empty but actually accomplishes what God sent Him to do (Isaiah 55:11), the one who has already successfully “obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:12)
That Jesus, and only that Jesus is the Jesus of the gospel!
Other Jesus’s may be very nice and kind; and hearing of them may fill your heart with warmth and your eyes with tears, but they cannot save your soul!
Only the Jesus of definite, successful, and therefore, particular redemption can deliver your soul to God without spot and blemish. Trust Him, and tolerate no other! Fix your soul fast to Him and your soul shall live! Trust any other Jesus and you shall perish.