“Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
The most powerful thing on Earth is the Gospel. There is nothing that can change a life more quickly than the Gospel. It is the Gospel that can take a Hell-bound sinner and turn their destination to Heaven. It is the Gospel that takes a sin-filled life and gives them a clean slate because their sins are paid for by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. It is the Gospel that empowers a helpless person because of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost at salvation. It is the Gospel that can make a drunk sober, that can make drug addict clean, that can cause the liar to tell the truth, that will give hope to the hopeless, and will give purpose to those who have no purpose in life. It is the Gospel that takes a sin-controlled person and makes them a new creature so that all the old habits can drop off if the believer will yield to the Holy Ghost whom they received at salvation.
However, Satan hates the Gospel because of its greatness and power. The only thing that Satan can do is to try and pervert it so that people won’t hear the true Gospel. Satan knows that the need and answer of this world is the Gospel, and that is why he tries to sidetrack the believer with things that won’t matter, and that is also why he tries to pervert the Gospel. Sadly, Satan uses believers to pervert the Gospel. The verse above says, “…but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” Satan doesn’t have to use false religions to pervert the Gospel, though he does, because many believers have already perverted it. Let me show you some ways that the Gospel is perverted.
First, it is perverted by making it more difficult than what it is. There is a mindset out there that has made it sound as if it is hard for a person to get saved. Some believers will say that soul winners are making their own converts; or they say that someone you are an “easy-believism” soul winner; or they say that you are picking green fruit; or they also try to intimidate soul winners by saying that the active soul winner has a “1-2-3 pray after me” type of prayer. The one thing you must keep in mind is that there is no such thing called “green fruit.” A person is either saved or lost. There is no way that you can have your own converts because you can’t save people. Likewise, the Scriptures never say that the Gospel is hard because it is as easy as the thief praying on the cross. The thief only prayed a nine-word prayer, and the time that Jesus talked to the thief was less than a minute, but he is still in Heaven. Salvation is as easy as the Apostle Paul’s fourteen-word conversation to the jailor before he got saved.
Second, the Gospel is perverted by making yourself the judge of a person’s sincerity. Many want to judge whether people are “really getting it” by their judgment of the person’s emotions who is hearing the Gospel. You have never been the judge of whether a person gets saved, and you cannot know what is going on in the heart of the person hearing the Gospel. It is not your job to judge whether a person gets saved; it is your job to give out the Gospel.
My friend, don’t let those who would pervert the Gospel intimidate you. The only reason they will use these catch-phrases is because they are not soul-winning themselves. Always remember that the Gospel is so easy that the child can understand it. Don’t pervert it by making it more difficult. If you keep the Gospel as simple as it is, you will find that the LORD will use you to lead more people to Christ.