Galatians 1:8-10 (NLT), “Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other message than the one we told you about. Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. I will say it again: If anyone preaches any other gospel than the one you welcomed, let God’s curse fall upon that person. Obviously, I’m not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
The Galatians had added Jewish law to the gospel they received. It has become stylish in religious circles today to reduce the gospel in order to please people. Under the guise of seeker sensitive many preach a gospel that has the form without the power. If someone would do what Jesus and Paul did in their ministries in a Sunday morning service in the average evangelical church today, they would be booted out in short order.
The gospel that Jesus preached involved casting out demons, healing the sick, signs, wonders, and miracles, even the dead being raised. The modern church scoffs at these things as historical relics, no longer valid in today’s world. In Mark 16:17,18 Jesus described five signs that would accompany those who preached His gospel, healing the sick, casting out demons, tongues, protection from natural dangers, and protection from man-made dangers. The modern church and the worldly have this in common, their flesh is revolted at the mention or manifestation of any of these signs, especially tongues.
When Paul happened upon the Ephesian church in Acts 19 and learned that they had not received the fullness of the Holy Spirit, he went to work immediately to bring them the entirety of the gospel which included water baptism in Jesus’ name and the Holy Spirit came in power accompanied by tongues and prophecy. They had believed and repented, but something was still missing for the gospel message and experience to be complete. That something was the baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the accompanying prayer language and prophetic anointing. This is the great need of the church today.
In the United States, church attendance has sunk to an all-time low of 17%. Most have visited our churches and felt the shallowness and the emptiness of our experience and said, no thanks. Most so-called growth is just dissatisfied believers jumping from church to church trying to find something worth returning for.
If you feel that something is missing and long for something more, I have good news for you – there is more. More than what status quo Christianity offers. The full, complete, and whole gospel with nothing left out to please people is powerful, passionate, supernatural, with endless possibilities. It brings comfort, empowerment, and revelation, with a sense of wonder and awe. Praying with the Holy Spirit in tongues brings you into a closeness with God’s purpose and presence like you’ve never known before. No longer are the spiritual gifts and the miraculous for the good ole days back in the bible times, but a daily new adventure. The whole gospel for the whole man for the whole world.