Whose Gospel Is Pervertedby Chief Apostle Dr. Eric vonAnderseck
What is a cult? Cults preach a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the church in Galatia, warned Christians of those who perverted the gospel. This article reviews Paul’s critical analysis as he delves into the differences between true faith and false faith.Galatians 1:6 – 9:
6. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.
7. Which is not another: but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Verse 7: Paul indicates that people can believe the gospel message and then remove themselves from Christ unto another message, which is not really another message. How can the message be the same, but different? What is the same and what is different?
The fundamental doctrine of Jesus Christ is the same in each denomination. The foundation knowledge is different. The fundamental knowledge are those facts about Jesus Christ that are true: He is the Son of God, He was born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross, shedding His blood for the sins of the world, and He rose again from the dead. Salvation is given to all those who believe. This is the fundamental doctrine of Christ.
These facts are true, but they do not give direction for faith. We could take these facts and build any number of gospels. Christians can understand the fundamental doctrine of Jesus Christ, but not the foundation doctrine. This is why Christians argue about the value of grace, faith, righteousness, baptism, tongues, sanctification, holiness, the law of grace and truth, and the works of the covenant. These are the foundation doctrines of our faith. These give direction for faith.
Living apostles instructed the church in the foundation doctrine of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:42). God instituted this practice to preserve faith. After the original apostles passed away, the church strayed in doctrine. Christians took it upon themselves to build their faith with the fundamental knowledge without the foundation knowledge. We see that some were trying to do so while the apostles were still alive.
The seven churches of Asia received correction from Jesus through the apostle John. Where was their error? They believed the fundamental facts about Jesus Christ, but strayed in the knowledge that set the foundation of truth in the heart.
The Apostle Paul also wrote, "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock" Acts 20:29. These “grievous wolves” did not change the fundamental knowledge of Christ, but changed the foundation knowledge of Christ.
Jesus Christ is the corner stone of our faith. We build on Him according to all things that bear His image. God set the image of Christ in the tools of the covenant, in each element of the gospel, and in the priesthood. The foundation of truth then not only provides a knowledge base, but the function of Christianity.
Those who pervert the gospel are not using Jesus as their corner stone because He is not represented through the spiritual government they installed, He is not represented in the truth they embrace, and therefore the Spirit of God does not breathe life into their faith. When the Spirit of God does not breathe life into faith, it is exigent, in need of remedy.
When the apostle Paul wrote, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel," he was speaking of another message that consisted of the same fundamental knowledge of Jesus Christ, yet did not represent Him through His spiritual government, through His truth, and through His Spirit.
Verse 8: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” While it is a common practice to take the foundation knowledge of Jesus Christ and build many gospels with it, the practice is not acceptable to God. Verse 6 confirms this, as it states that building another gospel with the foundation knowledge removes us from Jesus Christ.
Living apostles now again instruct the church in the foundation doctrine of Christ so that our faith is joined to God, not removed from Him. If the foundation knowledge is not set within the heart correctly then the fundamental knowledge of Christ is misappropriated. Christians are able to understand their need for salvation through Jesus Christ, and they confidently proclaim Jesus as the Son of God, the Saviour of the world.
However, without the foundation knowledge, they cannot make the necessary connections between the elements of the gospel, the tools of the covenant, the operation of God, the mediation of Jesus Christ, and the effectual working power of the Holy Spirit.
The long hoped for spiritual transformation through Jesus Christ does not come. Instead, the soul is burdened with guilt and shame because the life of Christ is absent. These Christians still believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, but their faith is ineffectual, being removed from the Headship of Jesus Christ. The provisions of the covenant were not designed to bring redemption to the soul without Jesus’ mediation.
Because the Spirit of God does not enter into the perverted gospel to give life to the soul, Satan enters into the message to inspire it and carry the soul away into labor that consumes the soul, but produces no spiritual transformation. Satan’s inspiration is through seducing spirits who confirm the reasoning of scripture apart from grace.
Seducing spirits are powers that come in contact with the soul to induce feelings. They can cause a wide variety of phenomena such as shivers and tingling sensations. People feel some kind of a presence and misinterpret that to be God. God does manifest Himself through phenomena, but not all phenomena is God. Seducing spirits can cause soul distortion and false memory. These spirits impact the soul through desire, particularly when the soul is laid vulnerable and is hypnotized with false knowledge.
Seducing spirits are also called earthly spirits because they work with the signature of man to confirm the individual in order to give a false witness to Jesus Christ. False indoctrinations allow believers to accept the fundamental knowledge of Jesus Christ, but excludes the foundation knowledge.
Ministers ignorantly work with seducing spirits. They lean on a form of correctness that these spirits work with. A form of correctness refers to the guidelines that people use to confirm their principle. Seducing spirits confirm principles in hopes of leading people away from their duties to Christ. Our principles are not Christ. However, the form of correctness is received as “righteousness,” “goodness,” “godliness,” or “truth” simply because we are able to achieve something that is thought to be beneficial for others and ourselves. The foundation of this thinking is set before others to confirm and conform.
We see this mindset constantly played out in reality shows on television. We witness the continued assessment of another, based on one’s own correctness. We can then understand how people demonstrate that same desire for personal correctness in a form of religion. They believe the fundamental truth about Jesus Christ, but set another pattern for the foundation knowledge that compliments their principle. This pattern positions faith according to these “forms” and “standards” that do not represent Jesus Christ, therefore it is called “self-righteousness.” (correctness generated from self)
You do not walk away from a cult, you need new education that helps you see the distinctions God is making between the holy and the profain, between that which He sanctifies and that which He does not sanctify, between the lifeless traditions of man and the holy and blessed traditions of Jesus Christ.
A form of correctness, then, develops with a mindset based on a principle. Why do people give their bodies to be burned? It is a form of correctness found in self-sacrifice. Why do people bestow all their goods to feed the poor? It is a form of correctness that addresses social need. There is nothing wrong with helping the poor, but when these works replace the foundation of truth, faith is then removed from Jesus Christ.
We can believe that Jesus Christ is the mediator of the covenant, but that belief must also support the tools of the covenant through which His mediation becomes active. Those who believe in the mediation of Jesus Christ, but not the tools of His covenant, embrace the fundamental knowledge, but not the foundation of truth. The foundation knowledge goes beyond the fundamental knowledge and gives instruction concerning the operation of God through the gifts, callings, and graces of God, and the blood of Jesus that was sprinkled upon these tools of the covenant. Our faith, joined to God through this activity is effectual.
In the absence of the foundation of truth and knowledge of the mediation of Jesus Christ through the tools of the covenant, Christians try to partake of Jesus’ mediation through carnal remembrances of Him. These remembrances are carried out through a number of rites such as, communion, tithing, foot washings, and the placement of the crucifix throughout the home.
They also do this through their imagination by revisiting the biblical antiquities of that era. Their efforts to touch the soil and to touch a place in history by eating at the Sea of Galilee show that they are trying to touch Jesus by touching things. On the contrary, our relationship is formed by the terms of the covenant for which Jesus shed His blood, through the effectual work of the Spirit and the mediation of Christ as our advocate to the Father.
There are other ways that Christians try to touch Jesus Christ according to the flesh as did Thomas. They do this by trying to imitate the actions of Jesus and by using the Beatitudes as a guidepost (“Footprints in the Sand”). This attempt to touch Jesus by imitating His actions fails, leaving faith in crisis. Not one Christian who uses the Beatitudes as a guidepost is successful in gaining these virtues of Christ in the inner man.
The conscience cries against them. With their mind people can agree with the virtues they behold in Christ: however, there is no power to change the heart. Hypocrisy is born when the mind can agree, but the nature is not changed.
Believers can also read scripture just for the sake of remembering Jesus, but not reflect on His covenant. They can attend church as an act of remembrance, but not partake of Christ.
Memorials are purposely used for a reflection upon the fundamental facts, which concern Jesus Christ. It is believed that if we take time and effort to recall His great act of love then God will reciprocate and draw nearer to us. Replacing the operation of God with memorials of Jesus Christ demonstrates exigent faith.
God does not guide, protect and bless us through memorials. People experience a form of correctness in these rituals, but not the mediation of Jesus Christ. While these remembrances call to mind the death and resurrection of Christ, affirming the fundamentals, faith is not made living because the Spirit does not enter into a memorial of Christ, but into the reality of Christ.
Jesus, in giving us a command to remember Him, was not asking us to keep His memory in our hearts, but to keep before us the covenant and terms He died to provide for our redemption. If the foundation knowledge is removed from His memory, our faith is removed from His grace.
The Spirit of God does not enter into our imagination about Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit enters into the covenant to create a living relationship with God through the living tools of the covenant that represent the living Christ.
When the gospel of Jesus Christ is perverted there is no connection made for Christians between the fundamental knowledge and the foundation knowledge. There is no connection made between the elements of the gospel which is the foundation of our faith and the tools of the covenant and the redeeming qualities of Jesus Christ and His mediation, and the effectual working of His power. In returning the church to the Headship of Christ through apostles, Jesus is returning the church to her first love.