TIM LAUGHLIN: The believer’s guide to spiritual warfare (part 12)

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“Stand therefore, having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15

Are you prepared to take the gospel to the lost? Do you know what the gospel consists of and are you able to effectively deliver it? You would be surprised to know how many in the body of Christ don't know what the gospel is, other than good news.

The gospel message that is preached today has been watered down and perverted so as not to offend anyone, but the true gospel is meant to bring you under the conviction of being a sinner so that you can be saved from the wrath of God! The apostle Paul warned the Galatian church of those preaching a different gospel and if any were perverting or distorting it, Paul said let them be accursed! Today, just bow your head and pray the sinner’s prayer and “Poof” you're a Christian! No fuss and no muss, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth!

When the apostles of Christ or Paul or even the preachers of old delivered the true gospel there was great power to convict that would bring a sinner to repentance that in turn would deliver him from damnation! In 1741 a fiery preacher named Jonathan Edwards preached one of the most famous sermons ever preached called, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God!” God angry you say, no, He’s a loving Father, yes He is but He also prepared Hell and damnation for the devil, his angels and anyone else who doesn't repent of their sins! The outcome of his sermon brought people down to their knees grasping anything they could and crying out for mercy, thinking they were sliding into the flames of Hell!

“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 gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’ For the wrath (anger) of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Romans 1:16-18

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