the Gospel of salvation- the Gospel of the Kingdom


It no longer surprises me that there is confusion as to what the GOSPEL   actually is..

Latter Rain teaching-  which is being fully incorporated into the “River”  – churned out by Bethel & adopted by every neo charismatic church in the loop  – are teaching very clearly  the “Gospel of the KINGDOM’   which could also be termed KINGDOM NOW   & is completely dominionist in nature….

 

now as phrases go Jesus did teach about the Kingdom of God…   He said in John 18v 36  my kingdom is NOT of this world… 

the phraseology of the “Gospel of salvation”  is not a biblical definative   – in the sense that it is not stated  as a different concept away from the kingdom of God…  biblically-   the Kingdom of God that Jesus talks of includes salvation…   often on the blog I refer to the Gospel of “Christ Crucified”   all of these things are one & the same…  the word “gospel”  means good news  so the biblical gospel – which is widely referred to throughout NT  early church teachings  is the good news of Jesus…   who he was – what he came to do & how he accomplished that for all time…   —   if you are not sure about these things please refer  to the True Jesus- false Jesus page  on this blog…

the differentiation between the Gospel of salvation & the Gospel of the Kingdom has clearly come right out of the latter rain NAR – neo- charismatic teaching..

effectively – what is being taught is that

a)  salvation  on its own is not sufficient —  there is an underlying sense that Salvation is old fashioned- outdated – not powerful enough & not really that necessary for a person to operate or be activated by the Holy spirit to meet their destiny or to go with the flow of the greater agenda of this movement..

b) the Gospel of the Kingdom is superior on every level because it is a demonstration of spiritual power

c) the Gospel of the kingdom is all about bringing heaven to earth – the manifest presence of God on the earth which MUST happen  in all fullness in order for Christ to return  —  the 7 mountains mandate strategy supports & serves this view completely.

d) the Gospel of the Kingdom is measured in terms of effectiveness & success simply by the amount of observable signs -wonders & miracles that occur in the midst which are then attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit..

e) the Kingdom of God  is being built, established & released by christians who are fulfilling their spiritual destiny & heritage… Revival & unity  must occur at all costs..

 

the sticky problem is that this is NOT what the bible teaches…

first off paul teaches: in 2 Corinthians 11 v 1-4  (ESV)

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

there are a couple of things in this passage to unpack:

  • the church is betrothed to one Husband who is Christ –  in purity…   this means dealing with sin & error both as individuals & corporately..  when Jesus returns he will have a bride who is clothed in holiness   – nothing about dominating  & ruling the world on his behalf before he appears.
  • led astray from a sincere & pure devotion to Christ  –   this devotion starts with  the really obvious step of knowing & being totally grounded in the word of God…  it is his word after all &  it is living & active — Further more  in John 1 it talks about Jesus being the word of God – we reject & neglect the written word of God – we reject Jesus..  it is that simple
  • furthermore – lets be clear  – it does NOT say  here  devotion to the outworking of signs & wonders
  • v 4  a different Jesus- different spirit – different Gospel  than the one Paul preached…   the Church of today  –   (if we look at it from God’s point of view who is outside of time)   has to be preaching & proclaiming the very same Gospel   that was preached in & by the early church…  if not – the spectrum of time which God sees completely   –  highlights the deviation from the original
  • Paul anticipates that there will be those who will accept a different Gospel readily enough —   this is a warning to us as much as it was when he wrote it…  if not the scriptures have lost their relevance & become as worthless…

 

so here are some things the bible teaches about some of the things we have been discussing;

Jesus said:     I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.  Matthew 16v 18

                         Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, He answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable   Luke 17 v 20

 

Hebrews 12 v 28      Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe,

1 Timothy 1 v 15-16  This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.

 

      2  Thessalonians  2 v 3 & 4      let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day  (the day of the return of Christ)  will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

the bottom line is that the scriptures do not teach –

  • dominion – taking the world for Christ before he comes
  • Revival – on a mass world scale
  • that there is another Gospel other than that of Christ Crucified —   who he is & how  he accomplished victorious work on the cross is central to everything
  • that the Kingdom of God can be built by people
  • that the success of the effectiveness of “works”  to build & establish the kingdom can be in anyway measured..
  • anything about the 7 mountains mandate – this would be a completely foreign concept to the early church

my thoughts are that on the basis that differing points of view are  being deliberately created here by the neo charismatic crowd about what the Gospel really is & the  Big names   are teaching something so different from that of the scriptures  it is creating confusion…  just that on its own is an indictor of error on a mass scale….   please don’t be sucked into the deception  – research the scriptures yourself…

 

 

further reading: these sites detail more fully the points I have made here

http://dominion-theology.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/spiritual-growth/17652-the-difference-between-the-gospel-of-salvation-vs-gospel-of-the-kingdom

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “the Gospel of salvation- the Gospel of the Kingdom

  1. CAN MEN BE SAVED BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE TIME?

    One of primary reasons given by men to prove that water baptism is not essential for salvation is, what if someone believed but died before they were baptized?

    Does God give men a pass on meeting the requirements of salvation if they simply do not have time to comply?

    1. If a man believes but dies before he can be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of his, will he still be saved? I cannot find that exception in Scripture. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21)

    2. If a man was thinking about believing, but died before he had time to believe, would he still be saved? I cannot find that exception in Scripture. (Mark 16:16, John 8:24, John 3:16, Acts 16:30-34, Romans 10:9)

    3. If a man was thinking about repenting , but died before he stopped, murdering, getting drunk, stealing, or before he stopped his homosexual relationship, or before he discontinued his lifestyle of fornication, would that person still be saved? I cannot find that exception in Scripture. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:20-21)

    There is no record of men being saved because of their future good intentions.

    I DID NOT HAVE TIME TO BE SAVED, BUT GOD WILL SAVED ME ANYWAY IS NOT A SCRIPTURAL CONCEPT.

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    • ooo this is an interesting discussion: I’ll kick off by saying that the act of salvation was not instigated by us but by Christ’s sacrificial death – so therefore are we saying that that the cross was NOT ENOUGH because we need to symbolically “do” something else ie be baptised in water… when in fact the only thing scripturally we need do is accept our salvation through repentance… are we saying that a symbolic act completes salvation & that we are not truly saved without that or are we saying that intention of the heart is all that God requires because he in fact is the only one who is able to judge the state of our hearts…

      thoughts – discuss…. over to you guys…

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