This course has as its overall purpose to confirm to the believer the basis of his faith, including repentance from sin. It prepares the student to defend his faith against the confusing and false message often preached today: “making a decision for Christ,” without any real commitment or submission to Christ as Lord.
Using the book, The True Gospel of Christ vs. the False Gospel of Carnal Christianity, this foundational course examines in detail the common modern message sometimes called “easy-believism,” where justification in Christ is presented without mention of forsaking sin and the need for holy living. This gospel holds that one must only make a decision to receive Christ, without bowing to His authority over one’s life. The problem is that many conclude: “a little sin won’t hurt—I’m just carnal, and God will save me any way.” This false gospel leaves the professing Christian without any power over sin, and a false confidence in heaven, even to the point of resisting calls to repent because “I don’t need to; I’m already saved.” Romans 6 is used to develop a Biblical understanding of “die to self,” and passages in 1 & 2 Timothy are used to explain the deceitful nature of selfish sin. Finally, rich new life in the true biblical Gospel is explored.
Materials: uses one paperback and separate study guide.
Lesson 1-3: Differences: True and False Gospel
Lesson 4-5: Died to Sin (Romans 6:1-6)
Lesson 6-8: False Gospel: Behavior and Affections
Lesson 9-11: Deception, False Teachers, Error
Lesson 12: New Spirit (Romans 8)
Completion of several basic courses and several intermediate courses, or several years of Bible study.
“The course True vs. False Gospel has truly opened my eyes to the truth concerning how a Christian should behave. Now through His love I will abide in His will truly to bring honor to His name. I know why I am in prison, because it was only through the separation of the world and its desires to fill my fleshly pleasures that He was able to reach me. And it convicts me that He truly is a loving God that He will go to this extent to save me. I pray for His strength to never walk a