I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
Paul begins the discussion by discussing this in the most serious manner. He affirms that the gospel which he had at first preached to them was the true gospel. It contained the great message of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God, the doctrine of the Body of Christ which is the doctrine of salvation. It was too regarded as written by Paul as a fixed and settled point, that there was no other way of salvation but by the merits of the Savior. No matter who taught anything else; no matter though it be alleged that he had changed his mind; no matter even though he should preach another gospel; and no matter though an angel from heaven should declare any other mode of salvation, it is an eternal and settled point that the true gospel was the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- What is false doctrine(s)? False doctrine(s) is any message, any writing, any man, any ministry, any church, any denomination, any faith, or any teaching that adds or takes away from, and/or attempts to destroy the grace of Christ and proclaims salvation on any other terms than the simple dependence on the merits of the Lord Jesus as the begotten Son of God, His crucifixion, burial and resurrection as the basis for salvation.
- What does Paul mean when he says, “Preach any other gospel”? This simply means any gospel that differs from that which was first preached to you, any system of doctrines which goes to deny the necessity of simple dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.There is but one pure Gospel of the grace of God, and Christ, and his apostles; there is not one and another; there is but one faith, one doctrine and scheme of faith; the Gospel is single and uniform, all of a piece, has no yea and nay, nor contradiction in it; this trumpet does not give an uncertain sound, nor a dreadful noise, but a joyful one, the joy of salvation by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- In Acts 5 we see where the apostles had been jailed for preaching the good news. We read in verse 19, But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and, leading them out, said Go, take your stand in the temple courts and declare to the people the whole doctrine concerning this Life, the eternal life which Christ revealed. A few verses later we read where the scene played out in public, and Peter explains what doctrine that he was preaching as instructed by the angel.
- Acts 5:28 We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” they said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.
The doctrine explained here is clear…It is the risen Savior.
- In Acts 17 Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue and explained that the Messiah had to suffer and was crucified and rose from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” Paul preached. In verse 19 Paul was asked when they said to him, “May we know what this new doctrine is that you are presenting? Here we clearly see that the doctrine that Paul speaks of is Christ and Him crucified, buried and resurrected as being the doctrine in question.
- In Titus chapters two and three we see these same terms described to us again from Scripture. Paul’s writing to Titus describes both terms in words that remain consistent to the description he gives to Timothy. After describing “sound doctrine” Paul warns Titus in Titus 3:9-10. He says, “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.
- We need to understand that our doctrine as believers is, Jesus Christ as the son of God, Who was crucified and rose again that we might have the opportunity to be the eternal children of the Father by the remission of our sins in His blood. We are warned in these last days by Paul that there will be many who will pervert sound doctrine for their own evil purposes.
- Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
- We have many fundamental and teachings of the faith on which we all believe that differ from church to church. Many of these include but are not limited to Glossolalia (speaking in tongues), gifts of the Spirit, Baptism in water, Creationism, Millennial Reign, The Rapture, and many more. These are teachings that we all believe in and sometimes argue about, but they are not doctrine of the Body of Christ. Lets us us be grounded in our faith and doctrine of our Savior.
Let us keep on guard for those that would try to pervert the Gospel and teach false doctrine(s) about the risen Savior, and at the same time avoid foolish arguments over things in the scripture that are not doctrine that we have differing opinions on, understanding that we all unify and stand fast on the doctrine of the New Testament Church which is the doctrine of Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of the Father. Jesus died as the redemption for our sins and was buried and rose again that we in His blood might be redeemed from our sins and be reunited by His sacrifice to be in fellowship with our Creator.