The Genuine Gospel

by Martin Luther

Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

The book of 1 Peter is a wonderful letter and a model for us. Peter begins by explaining who Christ is and what we have received through him. He says that God has given us a new birth to a living hope through Christ’s resurrection. Likewise, the Father out of pure mercy has given us everything, apart from our merit. These are genuinely evangelical words that must be preached.

May God help us. How little of this message we find in other books! Even among the best, such as those written by Jerome and Augustine, we find hardly anything. Therefore, we must preach about Jesus Christ, that he died and rose from the dead and why he died and was resurrected. We must preach so that the people will believe in him and through faith be saved.

This is what it means to preach the true gospel. Any preaching that is different than this is not the gospel, no matter who preaches it.

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7 thoughts on “The Genuine Gospel

  1. Indeed, Mike.
    It is hard for me to see some great pastors turning from what some might think is small truths in the Gospel, thus turning from Christ, Himself. It breaks my heart to read about Ligonier Ministries. We must hold them accountable but also be in faithful prayer for them. I believe they are children of God and that God will work His will in their lives which might be painful for them. You are so right that the only One we can truly depend upon is Christ. I am glad to know that God will never leave us without a leader to guide us here on earth. I think He has always provided some even if they are few and far between. I thank God for you and your ministry and your faithfulness to Him.

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  2. Sarah,

    I have to come to believe that the number one reason ministers compromise is the incredible demands on them from every direction to move in the direction or not go in a direction that may displease someone. You are right that we must trust only Christ. That is what these compromising men are not doing. The cost is high to not compromise to those who are not abiding in Christ. However, when we are truely abiding in Christ then all we care about is God’s glory not ours. Thanks for the encouragement Sarah!

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  3. You are right, Mike! It is the true word in Jesus Christ that should be preached whether it’s a pastor or a friend in deed who is asking about how to obtain salvation. There should be no compromise on the Bible. The Bible was put forth to follow, not to compromise it.

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  4. They will turn away their ears from the truth; they will grow weary of the old plain gospel of Christ…Churches today are turning the gospel into what ever people want to hear to get saved instead of the true gospel and folks are going around thinking they are on the way to Heaven. The true Gospel is plain and simple to God’s Elect. God wants us to present it exactly like it is presented in the Bible.

    2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
    2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
    2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
    2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

    Cristina

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  5. What a crucial reminder in the postmodern chaos of our day!
    May our eyes never look away from the cross…and may we never be tempted to preach beyond the gospel of Jesus Christ: He died, was buried, then rose from the dead. Why? That is the good news we have to share…
    “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16

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  6. Cristiana and Jessica,

    Profound isn’t it? It as profound as it is simple. Let’s pray for a return to this preached in the power of the Holy Spirit. It will turn the world upside-down.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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