I’d like to first here present why I felt “yet another” book (and website) explaining the gospel needed to be written. Very candidly, it’s time to get back to the basic Christian truth, as handed down once for all time in Scripture.
For we’ve had centuries (two millennia) now of man-made false teachings, false prophecies, false religions, theological systems and frameworks, fanciful interpretations, catechisms, rules, rites, rituals, ceremonies, traditions, myths, wild-speculation, superstition, mysticism and a myriad of sectarian and denominational divisions (Gnosticism, Montanism, Manichaeism, Monasticism, Docetism, Arianism, Sabellianism, Paganism, Mysticism, Nestorianism, Pelagianism, Rationalism, Apollinarianism, Monophysitism, Eutychianism, Adoptionism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Reformed Protestantism, Arminianism, Calvinism, Adventism, Modernism, etc. ad nauseam’ism), and dozens upon dozens of false doctrines and complete rubbish and nonsense made up by man, committees and institutions all piled up one on top of another and all masquerading as so-called “Christianity,” obfuscating the pure truth of the gospel handed down once for all time in Scripture.
Further compounding the situation is the absolutely staggering amount of noise (and even more false teachings) generated by the secular world, with its God-denying media and institutions trying to drown out the gospel message and the name of Jesus altogether by creating even more false teachings which masquerade as science, but are in reality fake science. We are being fed today fake news, fake science, fake entertainment, fake food (e.g. margarine), fake economics, fake “religion” and even fake (lukewarm, apostate) “Christianity.” Yes, false teachings are being shouted today 24/7/365 (i.e., nonstop) in blaring volume from both secular media sources as well as “Christian” pulpits, broadcasts, books/authors, movies and publications. And we are gradually conditioned by repeated, frequent and persistent marketing propaganda (for that is exactly what it is) to accept the fake as the real thing, and even begin to believe it in place of the real.
The exact same thing has happened to Christianity over the last 2000 years – we have been gradually trained and conditioned to accept and even believe that the fakes are the real thing, and in many cases, we cannot even tell the difference anymore! This is a very sad state of affairs. Therefore, it’s no wonder that today, very few are even able to recognize true Christianity as defined in the Scriptures, and people are more confused today than ever before by all the false teachings, as well as by seeing an almost endless stream of hypocritical “pretenders” proclaiming to be “Christians” parading before and all around them. True Christianity isn’t achieved through the performance of “religious” rites, rituals and ceremonies; nor does it live in a church building.
I experienced many of these false teachings (both secular and “Christian”) firsthand as I began my own journey. In seemingly every direction I looked, in every church, every pulpit, every book, and every “Christian” production there was an endless parade of false doctrines, myths, fanciful conjurings, theories, superstitions, wild speculations, errant interpretations, sorcery, mysticism, numerology, astrology, witchcraft, traditions and other man-made nonsense which is not in agreement with Scripture. I’m using some hyperbole here, but truth be told, not very much!
This is why I believed “yet another” book explaining the gospel needed to be written. It’s time for a good dose of solid food – the truth of the New Testament Gospel as it was handed down once for all in Scripture and as it was practiced in the apostolic era (in the years just after Christ’s death). As it is written: “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3). If you will, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness” (John 1:23) of modern, liberal, corrupt, apostate, lukewarm, dead, make-believe, pretend “Christianity”: make straight the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
So as much as I wanted to only present the simple and true Word of the gospel as given in Scripture, in the world we find ourselves today, not only must I teach you this truth, but I must also prepare you to face a dizzying blizzard of false teachings. A good child of God must not only know the Word of God, they must also know what is not the Word of God. After all, it was in this fashion that Satan deceived Eve, and then Adam, in the Garden of Eden, leading to the downfall of all humanity (Genesis 3)!
So be not deceived…there will be many who try to trick you out of path to eternal life! As we proceed along the path of truth, we will confront the common and popular false teachings and distortions of Scripture that you are almost sure to encounter today, or may have already encountered, from sources both outside of the church (i.e., from the secular world) but also from within the “Christian” church. We are not trying get doctrine “close enough” or “good enough” or “almost right” – the goal is to get it 100% exactly right in agreement with what is written in Scripture. I have a moral duty to warn you of the tricks and deceptions of man, so you are not led astray and tricked out of eternal life.