With the rampant demonic humanism which plagues the earth and even the churches who claim to be following Jesus Christ, what gets lost is the simple but powerful claim of Paul in Romans 1:16-17. He declared “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ which the power unto salvation. The message being that Jesus, God incarnate, born of a virgin, the Messiah and Redeemer, died for the forgiveness of sin and rose on the third day, who now sits on the right hand of God, will come again in glory to usher in His eternal Kingdom. There is power in this message as Paul said, the power of God for those who believe! If you don’t believe this, and do not place your faith alone in Jesus, there is no salvation. But the Gospel STILL is the power unto salvation.
This would mean even the most vile wicked evil person on earth could declare this same Gospel message, and it could STILL save any sinner. Because it is the power of God, and is not the power of one who is preaching it. God owns the power, man does not. Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.” So we trust the message NOT the man.
So how do we know a preacher of the Gospel is actually preaching the Gospel and not some false gospel? We do as Paul explained in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” Where does the test go? It goes solely to the revealed written word God has graced us with, Scripture. We listen to the preacher, we then test to see if what he or she said by what Scripture has already taught.
Roman Catholics for example stop with man, they do not test further. The pope declares, the Catholic does not test, they accept and have by this put their entire eternal life into jeopardy. Remember, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.” Just because someone dresses up in religious garb, speaks some foreign language, throws around some “holy” water and incense under religious pomp and circumstance does not make the message of the man truthful!
I have listened to thousands upon thousands of sermons in my life. 43 years of this were by RCC priests and their 5 minutes of teaching from a Gospel message. During that time, I can honestly say I NEVER tested what the priest taught by Scripture. I sat there just as every devout Roman Catholic, and nodded my head. I bought what he was selling because that is what I was indoctrinated to do. When my eyes were opened by God, I was AGHAST at how terribly wrong Roman Catholicism was, and also AGHAST that I bought a false gospel which was leading me to hell. It was Scripture which clearly showed me this, once I had eyes to see and ears to listen.
You see, people can throw the name “Jesus” around like chattel. His name is used to deceive more so than to believe! Look no further to those who use the “what would Jesus do” subjective manipulation for this. The only way we could know what Jesus would actually do, is by listening to His words in Scripture and applying it. And more often than not, those who use this ideology disregard His disdain and complete intolerance for anything or anyone sinful!
It is the Gospel alone which is the power unto salvation. If a donkey or a monkey could conceivable share this Gospel by some miraculous means, it STILL holds the power of God! So don’t be deceived by the fast talking preacher, or the false church who tries to tell you THEY alone hold this power unto your salvation!