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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD AND NEW GOSPEL
my friends, I come to say that the Old Gospel of God's
Grace is opposed to this "new gospel" of
part grace and part man. The Old Gospel, which is the
true Gospel of God, safeguarded some values which this
"new gospel" loses. Will you hear me
carefully now? The "new gospel" that we have
today by a certain universal redemption and universal
divine saving purpose compels itself to cheapen grace
and to cheapen the cross of Christ, by denying that
the Father and the Son are sovereign in salvation.
This "new gospel" assures us that after God
in Christ has done all that They can or will do, it
depends finally on each man's own choice whether God's
purpose to save him is realized or not.
my friends, this popular position has two unhappy
results -- this preaching that God has done His part
and now He helplessly stands by while you decide
whether or not his purpose shall be realized:
the first place, this position compels us to
misunderstand the significance of the gracious
invitations of Christ in the Gospel. When we hear the
invitations of these preachers who pervert the Gospel,
they are not the expressions of the tender patience of
a mighty Sovereign--they are the pathetic pleas of
human desire. And so the enthroned Lord of glory under
present-day preaching is suddenly changed into a weak,
futile figure, knocking at the human heart which He is
powerless to open. My friends, this is a shameful
dishonor to the Sovereign Christ of the New Testament.
the second place, this "new gospel" as it is
preached forces us to deny our dependence upon God;
when it comes to vital decisions, it takes us out of
God's hands. It tells us that after all, we are the
master of our fate, and the captain of our souls. And
it so undermines the very foundation of our
relationship with our Maker. No wonder the converts of
today are so often both irreverent and irreligious.
Old Gospel speaks very differently in expounding man's
need of Christ; the Old Gospel stresses something
almost ignored today. That something is that sinners
cannot obey the Gospel any more than they can obey the
law, apart from renewal of heart. On the other hand,
declaring Christ's power to save, the Old Gospel
proclaims Him as the Author and chief agent of
conversion. It preaches Him as coming by His Spirit as
the Gospel goes forth to renew men's hearts and draw
them to Himself. Thus, the Old Gospel, while stressing
that faith is man's duty, stresses also that faith is
not in man's power. God must give what He commands.
Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye saved
through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God."
12:2a says: "Looking unto Jesus, the Author and
Finisher of our faith..."
the Old Gospel announces not merely that men must come
to Christ for salvation, but the Old Gospel also
announces that men cannot come unless God draws them.
"No man can come to Me, except the Father which
hath sent Me draw him..."
14:6 says, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way,
the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father
but by Me."
"John answered and said, A man can receive
nothing, except it be given him from Heaven."
my friends, the Old Gospel does what desperately needs
to be done; it labors to overthrow self-confidence, it
labors to convince sinners that salvation is
altogether out of their hands, and to shut sinners up
to a self-despairing dependence on the glorious grace
of a Sovereign Saviour, not only for their
righteousness, but for their faith, too. Thus the Old
Gospel doesn't talk about deciding for Christ, as we
hear today. For this business of deciding for Christ
suggests voting a person into office. It suggests an
act in which the candidate plays no part, beyond
offering himself for election. Everything is settled
by the voter's independent choice. I wish people would
believe me when I tell you that we do not vote God's
Son into office as our Saviour! Nor does our Saviour
remain passive while preachers campaign on His behalf.
friends, coming to Christ, resting on Christ and
turning from sin in full surrender to Christ is far
different from deciding for Christ as your Saviour.
Those who pervert the Gospel beg people to accept
Jesus as their Saviour, and they will be saved. That
is a lie out of Hell, because it is not in the Bible.
If a person does not surrender to Jesus Christ as your
Lord to rule and reign over you -- Why! -- You are not
saved! We also hear these words spoken by preachers
who pervert the Gospel: "Now sinners, God has
done His part -- the Devil wants you, and Christ wants
you, and you have the deciding vote." But, my
friends, that is a lie out of Hell! Christ didn't just
offer Himself for office. He is working now, He is on
a throne now ruling and reigning as Prophet, Priest,
and King. He does not stand by while we try to get
people to decide for Him as the Gospel is proclaimed.
comes in the Spirit actively to draw men to Himself,
and thus we preachers say that He is a Saviour for
sinners. The Father and the Spirit draw sinners to
Christ. Salvation is of the Lord. Thank God it is all
in Christ. And to the question, "What must I do
to be saved?" And this is the question of
questions. The Old Gospel replies, "Believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ." And then, somebody says,
"What does that mean?" The Old Gospel
replies, "It means knowing one's self to be a
sinner and Christ who died for sinners. It means to
abandon all self-righteousness and self-confidence,and
cast yourself wholly upon Christ for pardon and peace.
It means exchanging one's natural enmity and rebellion
against God for a spirit of grateful submission to the
will of Christ, through the renewing of one's heart by
the Holy Ghost. It means God taking a sinner and
making him a new creature in Christ."
next question, how am I to go about believing on
Christ and repenting? Brother Barnard, you say I have
no natural ability to do these things? I didn't say
that -- God says that! If I have no ability to do
these things, how am I to go about believing on Christ
and repenting? If you say I must -- and I can't -- how
can it come to pass? To that perplexing question, and
yet true one, the Old Gospel answers, "Listen,
sinner friend, look to Christ. Quit looking to
yourself; quit listening to your old bent and feeble
will; look to Christ, seek the Lord, beg for
mercy." 1 Samuel 2:8 says, "He raiseth up
the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar
from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to
make them inherit the throne of glory..."
45:22 says, "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all
the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none
55:6 says, "Seek ye the Lord while He may be
found, call ye upon Him while He is near."
29:13 says, "And ye shall seek Me, and find Me,
when ye shall search for Me with all your heart."
to Christ, just as you are, cast yourself on His
mercy, ask Him to give you a new heart, working in you
true repentance and faith. Ask Christ to take away
your evil heart of unbelief and to write His law in
your heart. Draw near to Him, watching, praying,
reading, and hearing His Word. And continue to seek
the Lord til He speaks peace to you.
Almighty has to perform a miracle in you and reveal
Christ in you, for you to have eternal life.
17:3 says, "And this is life eternal, that they
might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ,
Whom Thou hast sent."
"All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and
no man knoweth Who the Son is, but the Father; and Who
the Father is, but the Son, and He to whom the Son
shall reveal Him."
Lord Jesus Christ is not passively waiting, but is
actively working to bring His chosen people to faith.
The preaching of the "new gospel" is called
bringing men to Christ, as if only men moved while
Christ stand still. The true Gospel is the coming of
Christ to men. As the Gospel is preached, and Christ
is set before men's eyes, the mighty Saviour, Whom the
Gospel proclaims busy -- "Praise God" --
doing His work through the Word. Not standing by, but
visiting sinners with salvation, awakening them to
faith and drawing them in mercy to Himself. Thank God,
we don't have to use all these methods of the flesh to
get somebody to decide to accept Christ! We just have
to proclaim Christ in the power of the Holy Ghost! We
don't have to look at those poor sinners and know that
it all depends on them. But we know that as we preach
Christ, He is standing by, He is working, He is
dealing with men. He is opening blind eyes and bless
God, He is drawing sinners to Himself. Oh, how
glorious it is to proclaim Christ Who came into the
world to save sinners! Praise His Holy Name!
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to
1:6-9 says, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed
from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel, which is not another, but there be
some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of
Christ. But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach
any other Gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said
before, so say I now again, If any man preach any
other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let
him be accursed."