Occasionally in our experience of life, we find something that we feel is expressed perfectly, and should not be changed in any manner. This is my response to the following short message printed in the creation science literature. It is from DAYS OF PRAISE a quarterly publication of daily devotions from the Institute for Creation Research whose address is Box 2667, El Cajon, California 92021. This is a non-denominational Christian ministry operated by scientists who are also Christians. The ministry is primarily supported by voluntary contributions from concerned Christian people and churches. They will be happy to send DAYS OF PRAISE to you if you simply drop them a note and ask to be put on the mailing list. The author of the following is Dr. Henry M. Morris Ph.D.
THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgement is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters" (Revelation 14:6,7).
When the Lord Jesus returned to heaven after His resurrection, He left the disciples with the Great Commission to "preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Unfortunately, over the centuries, there has developed much misunderstanding concerning the content of the gospel ("good tidings") and many have preached "another gospel" (Galations 1:6) which can never save. This false gospel wears many faces, but inevitably, at its heart will be found the false hope of evolutionary humanism, glorifying man instead of God, "worshipping and serving the creature more than the Creator" (Romans 1:25)
We can be sure that the gospel preached in our text is the true gospel-- in fact, it is called specifically the everlasting gospel! And its great burden is to call people everywhere back to faith in the one true Creator God , who made all things in heaven and earth. The Lord Jesus Christ must be accepted, first of all, as God and Creator, before it can be meaningful to present Him as Savior and Lord. Otherwise, we preach "another gospel" and "another Jesus"--neither of which are even real!
The true gospel must present Christ as the sin-bearing, crucified resurrected Savior (1Corinthians 15:1-4), and as the coming King of kings and Lord of lords (Matthew 4:23;1Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16). But it must first present Him as omnipotent and offended Creator. Then only, like the angel, do we truly proclaim the everlasting gospel. HMM
Prepared from creation science literature to strengthen your
by Sidney C. Phillips M.D. 1996
End of Message No. 15