An Easier Gospel
“The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.”
(2 Timothy 4:3)
Paul’s letter to Timothy outlines the fact that trials are normal for the dedicated believer and, as a result, many fall away and seek an easier Gospel.
This easier Gospel teaches that Christ provides a buffer from all problems and provides unlimited prosperity and the freedom to spend profits as desired. In other words, God is so blessed to have us on His team that He is forced to intercede for fear that we will get discouraged and quit (as a great many do).
The truth is, God doesn’t promise to buffer us from all difficulties for two basic reasons.
First, anyone would have to be simpleminded not to follow Christ if He buffered His followers from every problem. Instead, as Paul said, our faith must be tested by fire—in other words, faith for sustaining us through trials, not paving a path around them.
The second reason for not buffering a believer from all problems is so others will witness God’s peace in the midst of turmoil. The unsaved can rely on money and position during good times, but during bad times emotional chaos usually reigns.
The Lord has promised a “crown of life” to those who persevere under trial and learn to love Him even more.
Daily Scripture Reading:
Psalms 138-139, 145, 148, 150
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