Turn on religious T.V. and it is easy to hear gospel messages about how to “be a better you,” learn to “think positive,” or get “healthy and wealthy.” These messages soothe the egos of the ignorant and carnal, helping them to continue down their egotistical path of selfishness and materialism. These messages are preached every week by false teachers who are nothing more than modern day snake oil salesmen. Millions are thinking they are hearing the gospel, and worse than this, most of them will not find out they have bitten into a lie until they stand before the Lord and realize that are headed to hell—but it will be too late!
The airwaves are filled with these “strange gospel” messages. The Christian message has been reduced to psychological self-help by many of the speakers on television. This should not surprise us, for both Paul and Peter warned us that these days would come about. (2Tim. 3:1-9 ; 2Pet. 3:1-19) We have modern day snake oil salesmen who use a few words from the gospel as a means to make gullible people feel better about themselves without true faith and repentance. It is a strange gospel.
The gospel of the New Testament is a message of reconciliation, faith and repentance. Until we surrender our life to Christ by faith, we are wicked, lost and headed for destruction, regardless of all the positive thoughts and self-help gimmicks we embrace. (Rom. 3:9-18) Jesus said a man “must be born-again” in order to enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:3-7), and unless a man repents, he will perish. (Luke 13:3,5) Paul said we become a “new creation in Christ. Old things passed away and all things becoming new.” (2Cor. 5:17) The gospel changes us and makes us a new person, it does not reform and dress up the old person. Peter says we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth (1Pet. 2:11), realizing our home is not here, and therefore living this life for God’s Glory and the spread of the gospel.
There are many “strange gospels” floating around on television and in print. Our eternal destiny is determined by what we believe! Don’t miss out on true spiritual life by listening and following those who reduce Christianity into a guide of self-help gimmicks and self-improvement confessions. Just because a man uses a few bible verses in his message does not mean he is preaching the gospel of the New Testament. Beware of the strange gospel coming from the snake oil salesmen—they will get rich in this life through their lies and charm. However, only destruction awaits them and their followers in the life to come.