Social Gospel or Salvation Gospel?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, June 13, 2022, and this is Episode #24 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Social Gospel or Salvation Gospel?”

Are you wondering what has happened to the Church? It seems to have gone crazy, like the rest of the world. 

But, let me assure you, the true Church of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is alive and strong. It still adheres to the true Gospel. It still proclaims the true Gospel. It is called the Remnant Church.

And it will never go away! As Scripture promises in Matthew 16: 18, “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”

At the moment, you may not be able to see much of the true Church, but I assure you, it is active and moving and powerful and strong!

So, what’s going on? Isn’t what the world knows as the “Christian Church” the true Church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Tragically, no. What the world sees as the Christian Church is, in reality, the Apostate Church. I call it the “Church of the Great Falling Away,” described as follows in the Book of Second Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 1 through 3:

“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had
come.
 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition . . . .”

This extensive “falling away ” is what we are witnessing now in the so-called Christian Church–the Apostate Church. I am specifically referring to the following teachings that the Apostate Church is promoting:

1__Abortion is a woman’s right and is okay. In fact, some apostate churches are even calling abortion “sacred.” Talk about perverse thinking! These so-called “justice-oriented people of faith” are calling murder sacred. 

One such organization is the Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity (or SACRed). This organization promotes abortion as sacred to human dignity. No mention of or thought given to the sacred dignity of the child in the womb. The innocent victim of murder. Such deceptive thinking is what the Bible means when it says that in the last days, people will call evil good and good evil. 

2__Homosexual marriage. Apostate churches are sanctioning and blessing marriages between two people of the same gender. This is an abomination in God’s sight and clear defiance of His Word. Listen to what God Himself says about it in Leviticus 18: 22 NCV:  “You must not have sexual relations with a man as you would a woman. That is a hateful sin.” 

In 1 Corinthians 6: 9, the Bible warns that those who practice homosexuality will not enter Heaven but will go to Hell: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,”

These are sobering words, but the Apostate Church takes them lightly, interpreting them to suit their own evil desires and agendas.

3- Social Justice. The concept of social justice has been grossly distorted by the Apostate Church. The term “social justice” as used by the Apostate Church presents an erroneous view of the God of the Bible. Yes, God is Love, but God is also Justice. We cannot consider one side of God without the other, or we will have a wrong understanding of the nature of God.

In promoting social justice, the Apostate Church misinterprets God’s love–as expressed through His grace–to mean God’s acceptance of sin. But this is a lie straight from the pit of Hell. God loves all people, but He never condones sin. For God to condone sin would be contrary to His nature, which is pure and holy and good. 

No sin can stand in the Presence of God. This is the reason we need our Savior Jesus Christ. He alone can cleanse us from sin and make us worthy to stand in the Father’s Presence. 

God’s grace is the expression of His love. God’s wrath is the expression of His justice. Both are facets of God’s nature. The Apostate Church emphasizes the love of God as expressed through His grace and disregards the justice of God as expressed through His wrath. What the Apostate Church fails to recognize is that, if we do not repent of our sin and turn away from. it, we will experience the wrath or judgment of God. Only if we repent of our sin will we experience His grace.

So, why has the Apostate Church become the so-called public standard for Christianity? Here are a few reasons:

!) Pastors have not preached the full counsel of God, meaning that they have not preached the entire Bible, and they have misinterpreted it. Instead, pastors have preached feeling over truth, relativism over absolute truth.

2) People have not taken responsibility for working out their own salvation by studying the Bible for themselves.

3) God has been removed from our educational system, to the point that even our seminaries are teaching lies. Seminary graduates are then assuming pastorates and promulgating those same lies to unwitting congregations.

4) People are being willingly sucked into a culture that is self-centered and rebellious. They are choosing the flesh over the spirit. They have chosen self over God. They have rebelled against God and His Word and have chosen to go their own way and do their own thing.

The Bible says that when people willfully and deliberately rebel against God and continue in their sin, He will turn them over to a “reprobate mind.” A reprobate mind is a depraved mind, a mind that can no longer think logically. It is a mind that embraces deception and calls it truth. It is the kind of delusional mind with which most people are trying to reason today. 

So, what can we do? If you, like me, are a true follower of Jesus Christ–a member of the Remnant Church–we must do the following:

1. Preach the true Gospel wherever we go and in spite of the consequences. Most will scoff and ridicule. Some will hear, believe, and be saved. 

2. Walk in love toward all people. This means speaking the truth to them. Scripture commands us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 15). Truth and love go hand-in-hand. Truth without love is legalism. Love without truth is license. The Apostate Church has chosen love without truth. Therefore, the Apostate Church is giving license to sin. 

3. Saturate yourself with the Word of God in order to be preserved from deception. When you know the Truth, you will instantly recognize the Lie.

4. Stay in close fellowship with other members of the Remnant Church. We will need one another more than ever as the days grow darker before the glorious return of our Lord in the Rapture.

If there is anyone reading this who has not yet accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now.  Repent of your sin. This means turning away from your sin. Turn to Jesus Who loves you and who died and rose from the dead for you. Welcome Him into your life now. He is the only way you can be saved, no matter what anyone else tells you. He is your only ticket to Heaven. There is no other way. So, accept Him now. Pray this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I repent of my sin, and I ask You to forgive me. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

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I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to a true Remnant Church where you can learn Truth and experience fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

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ENDURING TO THE END

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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In Matthew 24: 13, Jesus said this: “…the one who endures to the end will be saved.” What did Jesus mean by these words? How should we apply them to our lives today?

The word “endure” comes from the Latin word “indurare” which means “to harden.” What Jesus was saying here is that the one who hardens himself against difficulties and stands firm in the midst of them, that one will be saved.

This verse is part of what is called Christ’s Olivet Discourse, the famous sermon He gave on the Mount of Olives in which He explained to His disciples details about the end times.  Jesus was warning that persecution would arise and many so-called professing Christians would turn away from the faith, thereby revealing the true condition of their hearts. 

So, what does it mean to endure to the end? Here are some considerations:


1–To endure to the end means to stand firmly for the Bible in the face of false teaching. 
Apostasy is alive and well in our country and throughout the world. Many denominations that were once bulwarks of Christianity have now turned traitor to the Bible and its inerrancy and have subscribed to false doctrines straight from the pit of hell.

2–To endure to the end means to stand firmly for Christ in the face of a brazenly sinful society.  What was once considered shameful is now brazenly practiced openly as our world falls ever more deeply into depravity. He who endures to the end will remain pure in a culture that reeks with sin.

3–To endure to the end means to stand firmly for Christ in the face of ridicule, hatred, and persecution. Day by day, we are witnessing increasing opposition to Christianity and Christians. Whether it be in our governmental system, our educational system, or our societal system, Christians are being marginalized at an alarming rate. Many have been persecuted to the point of death. 

In these last days, Satan is pulling out all the stops in his vicious attempt to get Christ-Followers to give up and quit. DON’T DO IT!  Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Let me encourage you with these words from Galatians 5: 1: “Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  How do we stand firm? Ephesians 6: 10 tells us how: “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

It is only by the Lord’s power that we will be able to endure to the end. Remain in Him. This is His promise to us in 1 Corinthians 1; 8: “He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus! Come soon!

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ARE YOU AFRAID OF CONFRONTATION?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
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Do you hate confrontation? Are you one of those people who gets uptight when there is the slightest indication of anger, upset, or instability in the status quo?

If so, you are not alone!

But while you may not be alone, you may be in trouble!

Why? Because confrontation is essential to growth. Without it, we will remain imprisoned in unhealthful relationship patterns. We will not experience the abundant life Jesus died to give us. In fact, we will not fulfill our God-given destiny.

Consider the caterpillar. Without confrontation–i.e., confronting the cocoon–the caterpillar would never turn into a butterfly.

Consider also the chick in the egg. Without confrontation–i.e., pushing against the eggshell to escape its confines–the chick would never emerge to live out its destiny as a chicken.

And consider the human being. Without confrontation–i.e., pushing through the obstacles that hinder healthful relationships and God’s plan for our lives–we would never grow into the truthful and loving people God created us to be.

No, it’s not confrontation that is the problem. It is the manner in which we handle confrontation.

“It’s not confrontation that is the problem. It’s the manner 
in which we handle confrontation.” ~ Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Most people are afraid of confrontation because they have seen it mishandled. Many have been deeply hurt by confrontation, whether emotionally, physically, or both. Perhaps, like me, you are one of them.

For example, shouting, throwing things, or inflicting physical or emotional pain is not the proper way to handle confrontation. This kind of behavior is what has given confrontation its bad name.

But, on the other side of the coin, the failure to confront–especially on the part of a leader–has resulted in the destruction of families, organizations, and churches. When a leader fails to confront sin, he is tacitly allowing it to continue. There is no middle ground. 

Also, when a leader fails to confront sin, he is giving in to the fear of man. Whenever we fear man more than we fear God, we are in big trouble!

So, what is the proper way to handle confrontation?

First, let’s consider what confrontation really is. Confrontation is “speaking the truth in love.” This concept comes directly from the Bible. Let’s take a look at Ephesians 4: 15: “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ . . . .”

What do you notice about this verse? Let’s dissect it together:

1–We are instructed to speak the truth.

2–We are instructed to speak the truth in love; i.e., with a desire to help the person we are confronting.

3–When we speak the truth in love, we will grow more and more like Christ.

Speaking the truth in love–aka “confrontation”– causes growth, both in the speaker and in the listener.

When David sinned with Bathsheba, he brought much suffering and harm to his family. God commissioned the prophet Nathan to confront David about his sin. Nathan obeyed the Lord, resulting in David’s repentance.

Do you think Nathan felt like confronting King David? I doubt it. Nor do we always feel like confronting sin in the lives of those we love or those whom God has placed under our authority. But confront we must if we truly love them.

Truth without love will result in alienation. Love without truth will result in damnation. This is what is happening in many of our churches today. Pastors are preaching a love message without combining it with a truth message. When only one half of the equation is applied, the math won’t work. We will get a wrong answer every time.

And so it is with confrontation. We must confront, but we must always confront in both love and truth.

By the same token, the person who is being confronted must receive the message with a teachable spirit, which is a spirit imbued with humility. As king, David could have angrily dismissed Nathan and his message. Instead, David humbled himself before God and before Nathan and received Nathan’s correction from the Lord. As a result, David repented and, in so doing, did not forfeit his salvation.

Confrontation has eternal consequences. If we allow sin to continue, it will grow. When we confront, we are showing that person great love and concern for his eternal destiny. If we truly love someone, how, then, can we not confront him?

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you have trouble confronting sin in the lives of those in your circle of influence? After reading this blog post, do you now see confrontation in a different light? Please leave your valuable comments in the fields below. Thanks! 

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