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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
We praise and thank the Lord for the blessed retreat we had last week. Let us pray that the Lord will increase our zeal for evangelism. Let us go on sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, “…for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” (Romans 1:16).
Be Careful of False Gospels (Galatians 1:6–10)
In contradistinction to Christ’s Gospel, the false gospel in this passage teaches salvation by works. It inculcates justification before God on the ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is “be good and do good.” It fails to recognize that in the flesh dwells no good thing. It announces a way of salvation, which reverses the order of what is prescribed in God’s Word.
Salvation by works is in direct contrast to the salvation by grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. The former is to glory in the flesh or in man’s ability, while the latter glories in the Spirit and God’s provision of a perfect Sacrifice. The former leads to condemnation, while the latter to redemption.
The Galatian Christians were being changed from believing the grace of Christ to a gospel which requires man’s effort. It must be understood that this “another gospel” is really no gospel at all. Paul was telling them that the Judaizers’ teaching was really a different “gospel,” not just another of the same sort.
Paul presumed that someone was troubling and desiring to distort the gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:7). Paul’s usage of “someone” refers to the certainty of the presence of false teachers. They easily transferred from the gospel that Paul gave them to these false teachers who purposed to pervert the gospel which Paul preached. Paul was showing the Galatian Christians how this heretical gospel would change their state from being free to being back into the bondage again.
Paul boldly proclaimed that even if he or an angel out of heaven were to preach to them other than that which he had already preached to them, then let such an one be accursed (Gal. 1:8). Paul was referring to those brethren identified with him or anyone who claimed that he was from heaven but was bringing another gospel. If the preaching was contrary to that which they had preached, let him be anathema. He declared that it was not gospel but a disturbance.
Paul continues to say, “as we said before, so say I now again, If any man preaches any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:9). He charged them with the additional crime of doing an injury to Christ by endeavouring to subvert the gospel. Subversion is an enormous crime. It is worse than corruption. It is not a matter of excommunication. The curse rather exposes the culprits to the judicial wrath of God Himself.
The enemy is always trying to defeat God’s great plan of redemption. Even though Satan knows he will not succeed, he keeps on sending his emissaries to deceive the believers. Church leaders must not shy away from condemning those who preach another gospel that can lead the flock away from the faith. They must be dealt with according to the principles given in the Scriptures. Failure to do so is the same as permitting the deception of the flock and the apostasy of the church. – Bro Jose
Florante Cabanas — Personal Testimony
I am Florante Cabanas from Oslob, Cebu. Currently, I am a student of Far Eastern Bible College taking up Diploma in Theology.
My past life revolved around alcoholic drinks plus other vices. I was even proud of what I did. Early in the morning, I would go for a bit of a drink. When I was drunk, I just slept anywhere. Sometimes I went into the store with my friends to steal some drinks and food. Also, I loved disco, videoke, smoking, and gambling. Even when I got married, although some vices stopped, the drinking and smoking did not. As I reflected now on that life, I ask myself what would I would be like now if God did not give me the grace of salvation.
When I lost my job, it was also the time when my wife was pregnant so, I applied to an agency in Cebu to work in Qatar. While waiting, I remembered once that I went to the kitchen and asked the Lord to give me another job although at the time, I did not know Him.
A few months later, someone messaged me, and when I looked at it, it was the agency where I applied for Qatar. To make it short, I was hired in Qatar, and they gave me the schedule of my flight. When my time to leave was approaching, my wife asked me if she could record a sermon on my cellphone. I told her to go ahead, and she recorded it. Again, after she recorded, she approached me and told me to bring a Bible to which I agreed.
In Qatar, I continued to be addicted to all the vices, until God caused me to listen to that sermon in my cell phone. I tried to listen until my heart began to like the message of the sermon. I always heard from the sermon how God made a way for sinners to be saved. That sermon which I listened to always says that through the holy blood of Jesus Christ, I can be justified from my sins.
That sermon also always invited the listeners to receive Christ as their personal Savior. I then started to read the Bible. There is no other name written in the Bible that can save souls but only the name of Jesus Christ. The time came when I confessed all my sins, and I accepted Him as my Lord and my only Savior, how He died for me, was buried and rose again. Christ Jesus now is in me and lives within me. After He gave me salvation, I kept on crying for a few nights in the desert in Qatar. I always thought that I was not worthy of what Jesus did on the cross, but He did it. Christ did it because He loves us. He does not want us to pay for our sins in hell.
After my salvation, I began to experience struggle with my sins. I was no longer happy with what I used to do, and little by little, the Lord helped me to avoid those sins and all my vices. There in Qatar, I said to the Lord, “Lord what should I do?” I told the Lord that I am not worthy of the great salvation. But He gave it to me by His grace. So, I committed myself to the Lord and told Him that I would surrender everything to Him. Then I said to Him, “Use me, Lord, even if I am not worthy.” Then the Lord took away all my ambitions in life. Whatever worldly things that were in my heart, the Lord took them away. Now, I am exceedingly happy walking in the presence of the Lord, a real and genuine treasure in my life – a treasure that will not go into vanity. The real treasure is in Christ and not in the presence of this sinful world.
Before I came here to Singapore to study, our church rejected my family. When they came to know that I will study here in FEBC, they did not allow us to have fellowship with them. Our Pastor kicked us out of the church, and we did not go to church anymore. We went to a church so far away that I said to myself, “Whom should I follow? My pastor or God’s calling for me to be used by Him?” God has given me the strength not to please anyone but only Him. I am sure that God has called me to fulltime service.
My family has started to worship online in FilBF. After a few weeks, I found out the reality of the doctrines of my church. They do not believe about the Reformed doctrine of TULIP, especially the total depravity of man. They still hold on to their belief that man can choose salvation for himself. They believe that man has the power to reject the grace of God in salvation, which is a very deceitful doctrine.
So my wife and I pray for God’s leading of what should we do about this issue of doctrine. God has led us to be totally separated from them. (Thank God True Life BPC welcomed him to transfer his membership. May the Lord use Bro Florante in True Life BPC, especially in FilBF – Bro Jose).
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