Today in the Christian church they have a quick-sale gospel. Accept Jesus into your heart, and you are saved. Eternal security.
Much of what Paul wrote in the New Testament can be used to infer that this is the gospel.
However, the gospel that Jesus taught had a little more juice to it.
A trend in the Christian world is to teach that there was a NEW gospel when the gospel went to the Gentiles, that the gospel to the Jews is the one that had the commandments.
Smart– but not actually smart– Christians say that Mathew to Acts 10 is the gospel to the Jews, and that Acts 10 to Hebrews is the Gentile gospel, and that Hebrews to Revelation is irrelevant to us, but pertains to the Jews when the gospel goes back to them after the “grace age”.
That is how they justify their watered down version of what Christ taught.
“Christ was speaking to the Jews! That’s why he gave them commandments! Those commandments aren’t for us, the Gentiles!”
This is how they are able to justify the fact that they aren’t doing what the church in Acts 2 did.
If you are going to follow Christ, you have to live the law of consecration as recorded by the early apostles who had all things in common.
The reason Hebrews talks about priesthood/ordinances, and James talks about works, is not because those books are for the Jews! They are to be used in conjunction with what Paul taught in Corinthians to Philemon.
There is only one gospel.
Christians who recognize the contradictory nature of their beliefs have now devised a complex stance on why they stick with their fake-christian creed. Does this sound familiar? I don’t know about you, but it reminds me ALOT of Mormon apologetics.
Instead of accepting the truth of ALL of God’s word, they bend over backwards defending the false traditions of their fathers.
Here is an example of a “smart” Christian:
He is just one of many that teaches this take on the Christian view of dispensations.
Christians confounded by the discrepancy between God’s word and what their pastor says are able to watch these videos and feel confident that they are on the right path, that they are part of the bride of Christ/the church.
Robert Breaker says, in a nut-shell: If you’re going to follow Jesus Christ as contained in the four gospels, you need to sell everything you have and give to the poor! That’s the gospel that was given to the Jews. You have to live in a little commune and live communism. Good for you, we live in a “grace age” in which all we need to do is have faith.
This man even went on record and said, “Salvation is only through Paul.”
His words, no joke. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEQ6cV6SROo
Many “smart” Christians believe that we are not under the ministry of Jesus Christ, but under the ministry of Paul.
Jesus’ ministry was to the Jews; Paul’s was to the Gentiles.
Therefore, thinking themselves to be Gentiles, they believe the words of Paul take precedence over what Christ said.
They do this, instead of accepting the cold, hard truth that the true apostolic church is not on the earth.
It is easy to debunk the idiocy of such theories.
In fact, all it takes is one scripture:
19 ¶ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus was making it clear that the apostles were to teach ALL NATIONS. It took Peter a little bit of time to figure it out, but their mandate to preach the gospel was not exclusive to the Jews.
Their mandate included baptism, and to observe all the things that Christ had commanded the apostles.
Christians don’t believe that baptism is necessary for salvation.
But why the confusion?
Just as Mormons have completely misunderstood dispensations, Christians have done the same.
Instead of debunking the stupidity of Christians like Robert Breaker, I want to talk about WHY there is the confusion.
Things get confusing in the Book of Acts.
After the day of Pentecost, in which the church received the fulness of the priesthood/baptism of fire, they implemented the law of consecration. As missionaries, their message was, “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.” (Acts 2:38)
Acts 8 explains that receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost was contingent upon baptism and the ordinance of the laying on of hands:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
I believe that after receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, the recipient can then prove themselves and go on to receive a baptism of fire, which is the fulness of the priesthood.
Receiving a baptism of fire is only through the Lord.
Yet servants with priesthood authority must administer the ordinances.
In Acts 10, something interesting happens.
The gospel has now gone to the Gentiles.
See what happens…
44 ¶ While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord
The reason that the Jewish believers were so astonished, was because the Gentiles received the gift of the Holy Ghost without having been baptized and had the laying on of hands.
Christians take this to mean that the Gentile gospel is different than the gospel to the Jews. Gentiles can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost without any ordinances; therefore, the commandments given by the Lord are not for Gentiles. Gentiles are saved by grace through faith.
This is erroneous.
Understanding this marvelous event is unlocked by the parable of the prodigal son.
The Gentiles / Kingdom of Israel = prodigal son
The Jews / Kingdom of Judah = the younger son
When the prodigal son returns, his father doesn’t wait to give him his gifts and blessings. He runs to where his son is– “a great way off”– and gives him a robe, ring and shoes, before the prodigal son has even made it home/entered through the gate.
This is why I believe Christians (Gentiles) are more inspired than Mormons (Jews).
The Lord is blessing them with the gift of the Holy Ghost without even ever having the ordinances of the gospel.
If Mormons still had the ordinances of the gospel, the LDS church would be a hundred times better than any Christian church.
But the Mormon church lost their priesthood authority to give the gift of the Holy Ghost in September 1841.
Once the next dispensations opens back up again, there will be servants who will hold the Melchizedek priesthood, to establish the new and everlasting covenant.
Baptism, the laying on of hands, and the endowment of the Holy Ghost will return to the earth.
This is not contrary to Paul’s statements of saved through grace by faith.
This is the fulness of the gospel which is contained in the Book of Mormon. “By grace we are saved, after all we can do.”
And the only thing we can do is repent.
It is only through the grace of God that a servant may provide unto us the saving ordinances.
Now as for dispensations, let me set the story straight:
When Christ mandated his apostles to go forth and teach all nations, that dispensation was “the dispensation of the last times.” (D&C 27:13)
This dispensation was the same dispensation of the gospel that Paul was dispensing.
This dispensation lasted till the year 571.
See this post of mine for why I believe this: https://themarvelouswork.com/2016/12/25/the-mysteries-of-the-kingdom-pt-5-revelation-12/
When Peter, James, and John came to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, they committed unto them the keys of the kingdom, which is for the dispensation of the last times.
The keys of the kingdom are necessary for the dispensation of the last times.
Peter, James, and John did not bestow the Melchizedek priesthood, but they gave them the keys of the kingdom which ENABLED them to receive the Melchizedek priesthood, which, again, is necessary for the dispensation of the last times.
But the church lost the fulness of the priesthood; and in 1836, a new dispensation was opened up: The dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, which would last for four generations.
Those four generations are up.
The fifth generation is where the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
During this time, the dispensation of the last times will open back up, to seal up the 144,000 and establish Zion.
After this, the dispensation of the fulness of times will wrap everything else into place and the gospel will go to the Jews.
But there will be NO CHANGE to the gospel.
The gospel will always remain the same.
The only change was the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham, which was NOT the gospel of Christ.
It was the gospel of Abraham– hence the name.
The gospel of Christ is not on the earth until the keys of the kingdom return back to the earth.
And who holds the keys of the kingdom?
3 Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;
This revelation was of course given to Joseph– (as well as Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams)
Joseph needs to return to the earth with the keys of the kingdom which enable us to receive the fulness of the gospel.
Anyone claiming to have received the comforter and visions of Christ are deceived.