We live in an age of change. Consider at the ways of travel compared to 50 years ago. Look at the ways of earning a living, or the ways of communication. Give thought to our present standard of living compared to 50 years ago, and we cannot help but to see the many changes that have come about. It has been said that as far as technology is concerned, we have changed more in the past 50 to 60 years than we had in the previous 500 years. Some change is good, while some is bad depending upon what is being changed.

As we look about us, we see that some would change the gospel. Some think it is not sufficient for modem man. The problem is, man does not want to live by the standard of God’s Word. Over the years, human nature has not changed. However, people have changed the Gospel (Mark 7:7, 8). The Apostle Paul called a changed gospel a perverted gospel (Galatians l:6, 7).

As we give thought to human needs, we see that many of them have not changed. For example, salvation was needed after the fall in the garden (Genesis 3), and man still needs salvation today (Romans 3:23; 6:23). In respect to this, in order for salvation to be available, we must have an unchanging gospel in a changing world, which is what we want to consider in this article.

REASONS THE GOSPEL IS UNCHANGEABLE
Change is forbidden (Galatians 1:6-9; Romans 1:16, 17). The fact is, the Scriptures are thoroughly adequate to provide things necessary for salvation (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:3). They saved the Pentecostians (Acts 2:37-41), the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 15:1, 2), and they will save every obedient believer (Mark 16:15, 16; Hebrews 5:9).

The gospel has the power to transform the vilest of sinners into the purest of men. It transformed Saul, who saw himself as the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). It changed the lives of the Corinthians, resulting in their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). It has the same power today being able to save everyone who seeks salvation (Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 1:16).

When we consider sin, we see that it has not and will not change (James 1:13-15). The individual ways which temptation comes may change. However, sin still comes in one of these three areas:
Lust of the flesh.
Lust of the eyes.
Pride of life – Matthew 4:3-11; 1 John 2:16.

The gospel was once for all delivered (Jude 3) to take away these sins.

HOW SHALL ONE PREACH AN UNCHANGING GOSPEL?
First, we need to preach the authority of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). Secondly, we need to preach the church which Jesus promised and built, wherein salvation is found (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47). Thirdly, we need to preach the Gospel’s terms of salvation.

Faith in Jesus as the Christ – John 8:24
Repentance from sins – Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30
Confession of faith in Christ – Matthew 10:32, 33;
Romans 10:10
Baptism into Christ for the remission of sins – Mark 16:16;
Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21

Fourthly, we need to preach the unity of the Spirit in order to bring about the “bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Jesus prayed for this unity among believer both then and now (John 17:20, 21). The Apostle Paul pleaded for it within the church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:10). God has given the plan for it in His Word (Ephesians 4:1-6).

CONCLUSION
Although we live in an age of change, we must never change the gospel of Christ.
Men have tried and failed. The power of the Gospel remains the same today as it was in the first century. In view of the fact that God will curse us if we change it, should we not then accept it, believe it, obey it and preach it? (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

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