What is the pure gospel of Jesus Christ?

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What is the pure gospel of Jesus Christ?

-What is the true gospel of Jesus Christ?
Authors:   Johnson and Pearl
The Pure Gospel and Revival website,
www.repent-pray-revival.org 
(all scriptures are quoted from the KJV Bible, unless otherwise indicated)
2017/5/25
2020/6/9

Main scriptures:

  • Romans 3:23 (KJV) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
  • 1 John 3:4 (KJV) “… for sin is the transgression of the (moral) law.”
  • Mark 1:15 (KJV) “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
  • Luke 9:23 (KJV) And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
  • Luke 13:3 (KJV) “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
  • Luke 14:26-27 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
    “You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with Me unless you love Me more than you love your own life. You cannot be My disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with Me.
  • Luke 24:47 “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
  • Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Luke 13:3 (KJV) “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” -Jesus

“One can never recognize a false gospel unless he first understands the true gospel of Jesus Christ.”   -Johnson and Pearl

“I doubt that more than 2% percent of professing Christians in the United States are truly born again.” -Leonard Ravenhill

“The sinner’s prayer has sent more people to hell than all the taverns in America.” -Leonard Ravenhill

“Present-day profession of faith is for the most part a mere sham.  Only a small percentage of it is real.”  -Frank Bartleman, 1906 Azusa Street Revival revivalist, intercessor, and a true prophet that preaches repentance and prayer.

“If you are preaching a gospel that doesn’t include complete repentance, self-denial, and crucifying the flesh on the cross, then you are preaching a false gospel.  One one has any right to dilute or change the gospel.” -Johnson and Pearl

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Luke 9:23 (KJV) “And He (Jesus) said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

Today, over 90% of churches worldwide are preaching a false gospel.  Most churches dilute the gospel in an artificial attempt to fill their seats and go after offerings and numbers. When churches use the “unbiblical, taken-out-of-context sinner prayer”, and leave out the necessity of true repentance, self-denial, carrying the cross daily and following the Lord, it results in false conversions, false Christians, prayerless churches, and dead seminaries. That’s why we have no true revival and the Christianity’s impact on the world is so little.”   -Johnson and Pearl

“Today’s worldly churches, with its rock concerts, get-rich sermons, book sales, sowing and reaping scams, and fake miracles; look more like a den of thieves than a House of prayer.  -Johnson and Pearl

“Unless a person has repented and taken up his cross to follow Jesus, he will never be truly born again.”  -Johnson and Pearl

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“There is no true conversion until a man takes up his cross.”  -Leonard Ravenhill

“If you are under the dominion of sin, you are yet an utter stranger to the salvation of God.”  -Catherine Booth

 “A willingness to deny self is the very spirit of Christ, it is the heart and soul of His Gospel.”    -Rev. Charles Finney.  (He was a pastor, evangelist, revivalist, a leader in the 2nd Great Awakening in the United States. He was the second president of Oberlin College of Ohio. His Lectures on prayer and revival helped to jumpstart many revivals worldwide. He influenced Jonathan Goforth in China, William Booth-founder of the Salvation Army, and England’s Charles Spurgeon.

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“Evermore the (moral) Law must prepare the way for the gospel. Failure to use the Law is almost certain to result in false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and to fill the Church with false converts. Time will make this plain.” -Rev. Charles Finney.

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“Sin and hell are married unless repentance proclaims the divorce.”  – Charles Spurgeon

Spurgeon on repentance

There are at least 35 New Testament scriptures that requires a person to repent BEFORE he/she can be justified or saved.  Therefore, you are definitely a false Christian now if you:

  • never knew that you were a hell-deserving sinner before you got baptized
  • never knew that you were a hell-deserving sinner before you made your decision to become a Christian
  • never knew what sins you have committed against God before you got baptized
  • never knew what is true repentance.

Today, even if 350 gospel-diluting pastors pronounce you as “saved”, but the fact is, you were never saved!  Fact is, you are still a false Christian bound by sin!  God knows the truth, and you are just deceiving yourself until the first day you go down and wake up in hell.”  -Johnson and Pearl

“Think about it, if Christ cannot give to Christians “a new life freed from sin”, then Christianity is just another religion.  Nonetheless, Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life.  You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free from sin!

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 14:6; John 8:32-36)  -Johnson and Pearl

“Repentance, self-denial, carrying your cross to follow Lord, and freedom from sin are the central cores of the true gospel of Jesus Chris.”  -Johnson and Pearl

“The carnally minded will twist scriptures to indulge the flesh; the spiritually minded will correctly apply the scriptures to crucify the flesh.”   -Johnson and Pearl

What is the pure gospel?

The Pure Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is: “For all have sinned against God, and transgressed many, many times God moral law, which is mainly the Ten Commandments. (1 John 3:4)

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1 John 3:4 (KJV) “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

Think about it, how many times have you told a lie in your life?  Lying is transgressing the 9th commandment.

Also, you must have in your lifetime,

stolen things(transgressing the 8th commandment),

coveted money(transgressing the 10th commandment),

lusted after women or men in your heart(transgressing the 7th commandment),

committed pre-marital sex or had an affair outside marriage(transgressing the 7th commandment),

had an abortion(transgressing the 6th commandment),

loved the world,

taken God’s name in vain (like saying Oh my God or Jesus Christ, that’s called blasphemy! transgressing the 3th commandment),

hated someone in your heart(transgressing the 6th commandment),

dishonored your parents(transgressing the 5th commandment),

cussed,

worshipped all kinds of idols or false gods(transgressing the 2nd commandment).

These acts of sin are all selfish, evil, rebellious.  You have sinned directly against God and other people!

Therefore, before God, you are NOT a good person, you are still a sinner!

Every person on earth have sinned against the Lord God that created the universe, and God’s greatness, status, and worth are far above that of a president, king, or emperor.  In fact, God’s worth is more than the whole universe!  His worth is infinite and eternal (Ps 49:8, Isa 57:15)! 

The God of the Bible is the highest God, and the only God in the universe. (Isa 57:15, Isa 37:16) God is eternal, holy, and He hates sin and sinners! (1 Pet 1:16, Ps 5:5, Ps 11:5)

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You need to understand that God’s greatness, status, and worth are infinite and eternal!  Since God’s greatness and worth are infinite and eternal(Ps 145:3, Ps 49:8, Isa 57:15), every sinner must pay an eternal price for sinning against God.  Therefore, every sinner deserves an eternal punishment in hell forever.  The Bible says, the wages of sin is death, and God appointed unto men once to die, and after death comes judgment. (Rom 3:23, Heb 9:27)

Since every sinner has transgressed the Ten Commandments and sinned against God, every sinner is like a criminal on death row. Every sinner deserves eternal punishment in hell.  Thus, they must obtain the King’s pardon and forgiveness in order to avoid death in hell.  Such pardon would be a grace from God, as no sinner on earth deserves it.  A sinner must fully repent, depart from his/her sins, believe in the true gospel of Jesus, and take up his cross daily and follow Jesus in order to be truly saved.

Then, a sinner can be truly saved and reconciled to God by the blood of Jesus.  Only by the blood of Jesus can a sinner be justified and saved from God’s wrath and hell, and obtain eternal life. (Rom 3:23, 1 John 3:4, Exod 20, Ps 7:11, Rom 6:23, Luke 13:3, Heb 9:27, Mark 1:15, Luke 9:23-24, 2 Cor 5:20, Rom 5:9, John 3:16)

You must repent before you can be justified by faith!

The Bible says, one must first repent, then he can be justified by faith.  In other words, you must repent before you can be justified by faith!  One must first fully repent before he can be baptized in water.  One must first repent and take up his cross daily to follow Jesus before he can be truly saved or born again!

(Matt 3:2; Matt 3:8; Matt 3:11, Matt 4:17; Matt 9:13; Matt 11:20; Matt 11:21; Matt 12:41; Mark 1:4; Mark 1:15; Mark 2:17; Mark 6:12; Luke 3:3; Luke 3:8; Luke 5:32, Luke 9:23; Luke 9:23;; Luke 10:13; Luke 11:32; Luke 13:3; Luke 13:5; Luke 15:7; Luke 16:30; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 5:31; Acts 11:18; Acts 13:24; Acts 17:30; Acts 19:4; Acts 20:21; Acts 26:20; Rom 2:4; Rom 2:5; 2 Peter 3:9)

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Nowadays many churches will pull scriptures out of context and single out scriptures that looks as if it’s not necessary to repent before getting saved, such as John 3:16, Rom 10:9, Mark 16:16, John 1:12, Acts 2:21.  Now, if you twist the Bible, you can only find at most 5 or 6 scriptures that “looks as if it’s not necessary to repent before getting saved”.   However, there are at least 35 New Testament scriptures that prove that:  One must first repent of his sins, then he could be justified by faith.

Anyways, 35 is still a bigger number than 5!  That is just simple math.

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Sadly, many of today’s gospel-diluting churches will only tell you five scriptures that “looks as if it’s not necessary to repent before getting saved”.  But they will not tell about the 35 New Testament scriptures that prove that:  One must first repent of his sins, then he could be justified by faith.

Since there are at least 35 New Testament scriptures that prove that:  One must first repent of his sins, then he could be justified by faith.  Therefore, you definitely a false Christian (or fake Christian) if you:

  1. never knew that you were a hell-deserving sinner before you got baptized
  2. never knew what sins you have committed before you got baptized
  3. never knew what is true repentance before you got baptized.

Today, even if there were 350 gospel-diluting pastors that leave out repentance and pronounce you as “saved”, fact is, you were never saved in the first place!  You are not the Lord’s sheep; you are still a wolf!  You are still a false Christian bound by sin.  In fact, as of now, you are not a righteous person, and you are still a sinner!

A man of God called Leonard Ravenhill said, “If I was to ask you tonight if you were saved? Do you say ‘Yes, I am saved’. When? ‘Oh so and so preached, I got baptized and…’ Are you saved? What are you saved from, hell? Are you saved from bitterness? Are you saved from lust? Are you saved from cheating? Are you saved from lying? Are you saved from bad manners? Are you saved from rebellion against your parents? Come on, what are you saved from?”

Jesus demands that you love Him more than you love your own life!

Now, let me ask you this, do you love Jesus more than you love your own life?  Probably not! But Jesus demand this, He demands that you love Him more than you love your own life.  If not, then you cannot become a Christian! (Luke 14:25-27)

Sadly, most churchgoers today do not love Jesus more than they love their own lives.  If this is your case, then this means you are a fake Christian.  As of now, the most important thing that you need to do is to:  understand the pure gospel, truly fear God, love God and hate sin, and stop being deceived by false gospels that leave out the necessity of repentance before salvation. (Mark 1:15, Matt 4:17, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Gal 1:4-10)

Jesus Himself said: “You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with me unless you love me more than you love your own life. You cannot be my disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with me.” -Luke 14:26-27 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

You need to understand that it’s takes lots of true love and courage to preach to you the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.  The pure gospel is vastly different from today’s sin-diluting false gospels that leaves out repentance, carry the cross, and the reality of hell.

In fact, preaching repentance, the cross, and the truth about hell are the best and most honesty way of loving souls.  So, even though 90% of the churches in the world are not honest enough, and don’t love you enough to preach the pure gospel to you, we are honest and God know we genuinely love souls!

It’s not exactly popular to preach the pure gospel of Jesus Christ nowadays, and people don’t line up to give offerings to us like they do to false teachers like Joel Osteen and Benny Hinn.  But, we would rather help one person get truly saved by preaching the pure gospel than to have millions of dollars in offerings!  We will always be honest and preach the pure and true gospel to you, because that’s what Jesus and the 11 apostles did!

When Jesus preached during His earthly ministry, He emphasized repentance, the cross, and the truths about hell.  Jesus emphasized repentance, the cross, and the truths about hell more than Peter, Paul, John, or another apostle.

Contrary, many of today’s pastors only care about themselves, money, and men’s glory; they don’t really love souls.  They are after numbers, offerings, building their own kingdoms and satisfying their own ambitions. Many churches have departed from the pure gospel, and they no longer use God’s moral law to help sinners realize that they have sinned greatly against God.(Rom 7:7, 1 John 3:4, Gal 3:24)  Many churches no longer preach the necessity of repentance before salvation.

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Even though some pastors talk about repentance, but they only briefly mention repentance without explaining what true repentance is.  Some pastors completely leave out repentance and say, “just believe and you can be saved, hurry up and get baptized, we’ll deal with the sin problem later.”

However, the Bible never mentioned such lie!  The Bible never said, “just believe only, then you can get saved.”

Just believing in God alone cannot cause a sinner to become a Christian!

The Bible says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19 King James Version)

Take a closer look at this verse.  Devils, or demons, believe in God, and they tremble, but that doesn’t make them Christians!  Just believing in God alone cannot cause a sinners to become a Christian.  Because the Bible says, one must first repent, then believe in the pure gospel in order to be saved.

(Matt 3:2; Matt 3:8; Matt 3:11, Matt 4:17; Matt 9:13; Matt 11:20; Matt 11:21; Matt 12:41; Mark 1:4; Mark 1:15; Mark 2:17; Mark 6:12; Luke 3:3; Luke 3:8; Luke 5:32, Luke 9:23; Luke 9:23;; Luke 10:13; Luke 11:32; Luke 13:3; Luke 13:5; Luke 15:7; Luke 16:30; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 5:31; Acts 11:18; Acts 13:24; Acts 17:30; Acts 19:4; Acts 20:21; Acts 26:20; Rom 2:4; Rom 2:5; 2 Peter 3:9)

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Think about it, if a sinner doesn’t need to repent, and if a sinner can become a Christian and go to heaven just by “believing”; then, doesn’t that mean all thieves, liars, fornicators, idol worshippers, rapists, murderers can pray a 10 second “false conversion prayer”, get baptized, and go to heaven?

However, the God of the Bible is a holy and righteous God.  God will never allow UNREPENTANT thieves, liars, fornicators, idol worshippers like Buddhists and Hindus, rapists, and murderers to go to heaven!

The Lord God will by no means clear the guilty!

The Bible says, “The Lord God…will by no means clear the guilty…” (Exod 34:6-7 KJV)

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be NOT deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”  (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJV)

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Matthew 7:21 (KJV) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

1 John 2:17 (KJV) “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Also, Jesus clearly said:  “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”   (Luke 13:3 KJV)

Unrepentance = self-induced perishing in hell! 

 Therefore, unrepentance = self-induced perishing in hell! (Luke 13:3)

Unrepentance equals to eternal perishing in hell!

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Jesus also said, “You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with Me unless you love Me more than you love your own life. You cannot be My disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with Me.”  (Luke 14:26-27 Contemporary English Version)

In order words, if anyone loves his own life, his parents, his wife, his children, his money, his career, or his job more than he loves Jesus, then that person cannot be a true disciple of Jesus Christ!  I didn’t say that!  The Lord Jesus said that!  Some of you have never heard Luke 14:26-27 preached.  Some of you never heard the pure gospel preached in such complete truth!  But this is indeed the pure, undiluted, and true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, unless you carry your own cross and follow Him, you cannot be His disciple.

It is our heart’s prayer that you would be willing to completely and truly repent of all of your sins.  May you stop finding ridiculous excuses to sin.  May you become truly born again and live for the Lord Jesus the rest of your life.  May you seek not your own selfish interests, and seek first to enter God’s Kingdom and righteousness.  May the Lamb that was slain receive the rewards of His sufferings in your life!  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!

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