The Original Gospel Is Pure

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Our desire is to set forth the teaching of the Bible in a clear, straightforward manner, apart from mere church traditions.  Here is a quote from a church historian and a Bible Companion.

Pure Gospel

The original gospel was pure and complete as Jesus gave it to his apostles…Error results from changing things…Walter Baur…argued, that heresy precedes orthodoxy [in that] the original Christianity was of a form later labeled heretical by the great Church, as it began to clarify its belief and to impose norms of orthodoxy.

-Stuart Hall, Doctrine And Practice In The Early Church, London, 1991, p.36.

Original Christianity was…later labeled heretical by the great Church…

Because the Trinity is such an important part of later Christian doctrine, it is striking that the term does not appear in the New Testament. Likewise, the developed concept of three coequal partners in the Godhead found in later creedal formulations cannot be clearly detected within the confines of the canon.
-“Trinity,” in The Oxford Companion to the Bible, Oxford University Press, 1993, p. 782.

…the developed concept of three co-equal partners in the Godhead…cannot be clearly detected within the confines of he canon.

So the two points I want to tie together are that the original gospel is pure and any change to that results in error and secondly that the fully developed doctrine of the Trinity of persons cannot be found in the Bible. As the church began to try to explain the gospel more fully they developed extra-biblical doctrine. Doing so resulted in a perversion of the original gospel. The message for today is calling people back to the original gospel. It’s not a call to join an organization or a church, but to you as an individual and to the church, come back to the original faith, proclaim and teach that.

To review in more detail the message of the apostles you can download The Message of the Apostles  or you can order a print copy here.

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Brother Jason DeMars, is an author, preacher and a missionary that plants churches in the Middle East. He travels extensively to the Middle East, but resides full time in Crystal, Minnesota where he lives with his wife Amy and two daughters, Avery and Mina.
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