On this happy Father’s Day, our morning Sunday School topic was about “Understanding the Gospel”. Pastor Giardino focused on what the gospel is and why it is important to share, “since there would be many that would pervert the gospel.” He said that people appreciate the real things in life and can tell the difference between real and imitation things. The comparison can be made to “synthetic” gospels; they don’t hold up as well to the real King James gospel. Our pastor went over many definitions of the word “gospel”, all of which indicated that the gospel meant truth.
How is the gospel perverted? Corrupt teaching is one way. In Romans 1:21-23, Paul speaks of how men glorified God “not as God…but became vain in their imaginations…And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” Paul in Romans 1:25 warned against men who “changed the truth of God into a lie” using imagery and idolatry. Religions will infuse the gospel with confusion and deception, Pastor Giardino taught. They explain away the gospel, blending in images, venerating man by creating saints, by using a “form of brain washing.” When a Catholic calls us “Protestant brethren”, he is attempting to blur the lines, while “God wants us to be separated unto the truth.” We come to Sunday school and on Wednesday evenings, Pastor explained, “to study the bible as a church. “Don’t be deceived”, he urged. The more you know the truth, the less likely to be deceived. “Hunger after righteousness and truth.
The gospel is also perverted by heresy; lies and deceptions that are spread by apostates, which are people who renounce their faith. Pastor Giardino defined the word “pervert” as distorting the truth, turning away from truth, or disposed to be contrary. Paul warned in Gal 1:7, “But there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” Likewise, in Titus 1:10-11, Paul again warned, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, …Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” There were men who wished to continue to live by the laws and men who were lovers of money. Pastor mentioned, that if something “doesn’t make sense, there’s money in it.” I John 2:19 also mentions heresy, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us.” Pastor Giardino admonished us by saying, “You must study the bible to understand the undertow of deceiving.” Pastor gave us a few examples of how, even today, infiltration of leadership positions in churches attempt to subvert and transform Christians, such as Jesuits and Calvinists.