Nothing’s New in True Christianity in 2018
A preacher was flying to visit relatives, when he asked the guy in the seat beside him, "Do you know the Bible?" The man said, "Pretty well!" He said, "What part of the Bible do you know the best?" The guy said, “The story of the good Samaritan is my favorite part.” The preacher said, "Tell me the story.” The guy began:
The Good Samaritan was traveling down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell among the thorns, and they choked him. Just like robbers, they left him for dead. Soon, another man came by feeding his swine and he said to the man, “I will arise and go to my father.” So, he took up his bed and walked. But those same robbers chased that fellow through the forest, and he got his hair caught in a tree-limb. He hung there 40 days and 40 nights, and the ravens came and fed him…five loaves and two fish.
Later, Delilah came by with some scissors and cut off his hair. That’s when he fell on the stony ground. There were so many fragments left, they picked up twelve baskets full. In the end, the good master forgave the robbers 70 times 7, and there was no room for them in the inn. So, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? “I just love this story,” said the guy.
This man’s rewrite on the Parable of the Good Samaritan is tragically ignorant. Contrary to popular opinion regarding the Bible, ignorance is not bliss, and altering it brings dreadful consequences. His word has not changed. The Gospel is the same as it was 2000 years ago.
This year may be the 2,018th year since Christ’s birth, but there is no “New Gospel.” Some may seek to pervert it (Gal. 1:6-8). Still, it remains unchanged. Likewise, God’s grace is unchanged. Even after two millennia, it is still a free gift, but not a cheap gift. It comes at a cost, and with conditions attached (Mk. 16:15-16). There is no new Jesus or Savior (Isa. 43:10, Heb. 13:8). For 2,000 years, He has been the innocent Lamb, who died for our sins. And, he’s the Lion of Judah coming back to conquer (Phil. 2:10; 2nd Thess. 1:7-9).
Finally, as much as modern Churches want change, the values mandated by God’s word have not changed. Sin is still sin, with the exact same consequences as 2000 years ago. Today’s broken values and modern morality bring with them the same old wages of sin (Rom. 6:23, 1:26-32).
Abandoning God’s word is nothing new: God spoke through the prophet long ago, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being priest for me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children." (Hosea 4:6). You see…ignorance is not bliss. Altering God’s word brings dreadful consequences. And this, my friends, will never change.