False, distorted and fake news and information, cause many to reject the truth when it is presented. Or at least the truth is being questioned and it is causing unnecessary problems and unnecessary suffering. From the very beginning, false sermons about God have been presented and preached. The first thing the serpent did was go against what God had said.
Fake is presented either as a mixture of truth and falsehood, preferably as close to the truth as possible or it is presented as a pure fiction straightforward, without being ashamed, which makes people confused or even deceived.
Fake preachings about God, Jesus and what it is like to be a Christian, have been pumped out for generation after generation. It has caused so much unnecessary trouble and suffering. Many times the fake preachings about God are presented by people who claim to be His messengers.
Some portray God as angry and constantly on the lookout for sin. They also portray people as hopeless sinners who have to blame themselves for their problems. They believe that one must make oneself worthy of grace and forgiveness through various deeds or behavioral changes. Their message is – Save yourself man.
It is as far from the gospel as one can get. Yet it is framed with Bible verses and that is what makes it so deceptive. Our task is therefore to reveal the gospel with the help of God.
“that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:19
From God’s side, everything is clear. The punishment, judgment, and wrath of sin fell on the Son of God, Jesus Christ, on the cross. Jesus won a complete victory for all people at all times, through His death and resurrection. The victory is complete, total, eternal and powerful. No wonder the devil wants to do everything he can to try to blind, distort and deceive.
If people only understood what it is like to believe in Jesus and who Jesus is, they would come to Him. Therefore, let us who believe therefore present the glad tidings and our wonderful Savior. The message is NOT – Get it together people for God sees you, or, Change your lives so you can receive grace.
“So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you in Christ’s stead: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Cor. 5:20
The message IS – “Be reconciled to God”. Everything is clear and there is now abundant grace to be received and one receives by putting one’s faith in Jesus. Then one is reconciled to God, who wants all people to come to His open warm embrace and receive of His love and forgiveness. This is wonderful and happy news that the whole world needs to hear.
“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21
What Jesus has done for us is so great that it is difficult to fully understand. He was made sin for us. It was an extremely high price that Jesus paid when He sacrificed Himself for us. Now we can therefore become the righteousness of God when we are in Jesus. It is as if we had never sinned. Absolutely perfect and spotless. It then results in a transformed life.
God wants all people to hear this wonderful message. Most often it is not the sinners who may be upset to hear the gospel, but most often it is the self-righteous and those who try to please God through their own efforts, who resist the gospel. Let’s bring the good news to the world.
God bless you.
/ David Billström