Social Gospel or Salvation Gospel?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

An invitation for you:

To subscribe to this blog, click here. 
To subscribe to this podcast, click here.

If this blog and podcast have blessed you, please encourage your family and friends to subscribe as well. Thank you!

Be sure to check out our Featured Book of the Week at the end of this post.

______________________________________

 

Do you prefer listening instead of reading? Then click below to listen to today’s blog post on podcast.

___________________________________________________________________________

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.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

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.

If you need help to move forward in your relationship with Jesus, consider hiring me as your personal life coach. Contact me at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com to set up an appointment. Also, visit my website at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com for answers to many of your questions about coaching and for testimonials from some of the clients I have already helped.

For example, Tracy said this; “Personal coaching was like having a personal trainer for the mind.”
Just click here: CelebrationLifeCoaching.com/testimonials.

Also, visit my bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table for outstanding books that I have written that will bless you.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
________________________________
To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click on the link below:
https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w4q0z7

To subscribe to my author newsletter, click on the link below:
https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/x5i2r2

__________________________________________________________________

Copyright 2000-2022 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or printed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. You may contact her at info@maryanndiorio.com to request permission.

Amazon.com Required Disclosure: MaryAnn Diorio is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.Disclaimer: This site uses cookies. Your continued use of this site constitutes your consent to our use of cookies. 

__________________________________________________________________

Copyright 2000-2022 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

You Are NOT What You Feel!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To follow this blog via Facebook, click here. If you are not on Facebook or would prefer to subscribe via a different venue, please check the sidebar to the right for subscription options. Thank you!

____________________________________________________

I recently had occasion to minister to a person struggling with a feeling of being abandoned by God. Due to some tragic circumstances that had occurred in his life, he felt that God did not love him. Despite the Scriptural proof that I gave this young man that God did, indeed, love him, the young man could not get past his feelings of being unloved.

This young man’s decision to make his feelings the final arbiter of truth represents a very dangerous phenomenon at work in our culture today. It is a lie that goes way back to the Greeks, and even before them. It is the lie at the root of secular humanism that denies the existence of absolute truth and makes relativism the final authority of one’s life.

Consider what havoc this lie has wrought in our society. It has led to abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and euthaniasia. It is the new expression of Cartesian philosophy. Descartes is famous for saying, “I think; therefore, I am.” Today’s culture says, “I feel; therefore, I am.”

So, if I am a woman but “feel” like a man, then I can simply change my gender.  Or vice versa. 

Carried to its logical conclusion, this deception becomes ridiculous. As my husband wisely asked, “What would happen if I were to put on a black robe, walk into the Supreme Court, and announce that I am a Supreme Court Justice just because I feel like one?” We all know what would happen! 

Yet, that is exactly what is going on when a man decides he is a woman simply because he feels like one, or a woman decides she is a man simply because she feels like one. As a culture, we have denied the existence of absolute truth, and we are now seeing the fruit of unrestrained relativism which makes personal feelings the final determinant of one’s actions and the final determinant of what is true.

We are NOT what we feel. Feelings lie. They fluctuate, sometimes moment by moment. They change from day to day. Yet, our society has elevated feelings above reason. In so doing, we have built our lives on sinking sand. 

Feelings are NOT the arbiter of truth. God’s Word alone is the arbiter of truth. Unless and until we return to God’s Word and make it the foundation of our lives, we will fall farther and farther into the abyss of absurdity and what the Bible calls “the depraved mind” (Romans 1: 28). 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you ready for the Lord’s return? If not, please click here.  If you are ready for the Lord’s return, please warn others that they need to get ready and tell them how.

To be sure you don’t miss any of my future blog posts, you may wish to subscribe at http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/maryanndiorioblog  or through the feed of your choice.

Please leave a comment in the box below.

TWEETABLE: “YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU FEEL!” by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET).

NEW YOU-TUBE SERIES:  Check out my new You-Tube series, YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS!, based on my popular book by the same title.  


God designed you for greatness in Him. Discover the authority and power you have as a Christ-Follower! Get your copy of YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS!

BUY NOW!

____________________________________________

Join my Team and get a free copy of my ebook on balancing your life.

____________________________________________

 

  
 
 
 
 ____________________________________________________________________

The Italian Chronicles Trilogy is now available in its entirety. Will Maria Landro Tonetta allow God to turn the horrific sorrows of her life into great joy? Read this page-turning series to find out! Makes a great gift for any occasion!

 Book 1: The Madonna of Pisano    Book 2: A Sicilian Farewell    Book 3: Return to Bella Terra

_____________________________________________________________________

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

“15 Signs That We Are in the End Times-Part 1” 

“15 Signs That We Are in the End Times-Part 2”

#15 Signs That We Are in the End Times-Part 

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. 

Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To follow this blog via Facebook, click here. If you are not on Facebook or if you prefer to subscribe via another venue, you may do so by using any one of the other subscription options listed under the Networked Blog section in the sidebar on my website: www.maryanndiorio.com/blog. Thank you!

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and my other resources, and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!

___________________________________________

Copyright 2018 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or printed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. You may contact her at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com to request permission.

Amazon.com Required Disclosure: MaryAnn Diorio is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: This site uses cookies. Your continued use of this site constitutes your consent to our use of cookies. 

 

Are You Paying Attention to the Signs of the Times?

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

Signs serve as signals. They tell us where something is located, or they alert us to an event that is about to take place. 

Office clock about to show midnight - few seconds to New Year

Jesus spoke of signs that would signal His second coming. Those signs are all around us today and include an increasing number of earthquakes, simultaneous wars all over the globe, and disease epidemics that are becoming more and more resistant to medication. He also predicted that there would be those who kill Christians while claiming that to do so is to serve God.  Isn’t that what ISIS is doing today? 

Two of the most significant signs of Christ’s return would be an increase in lawlessness, persecution, and deception that would lead to global catastrophe. We are certainly seeing that now. The world has gone crazy, with senseless killings, violent riots, and the persecution of Christians and Jews. If that were not bad enough, most of humanity is being deceived into believing lies, such as universalism, atheism, relativism, homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion, and a host of other -isms that are in direct conflict with the Truth as found in the Sacred Scriptures.

So, what does this all mean for you? It means that if you have not been paying attention to the signs of the times, you need to start doing so. Recognize that the enemy behind ISIS and all the evil in the world is Satan himself and all of his cohorts.  Satan hates Jesus Christ and any person who follows Christ.  

Yet, only by following Jesus Christ can you escape the even worse horrors that are coming upon the world when the AntiChrist assumes power.  If you have not been born again, don’t wait another moment.  Click here to read my article on how to live forever.  

________________________________________________________

I welcome your comments. You may leave a comment by clicking here.

To receive these blog posts in your mailbox, please click here.

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you!

____________________________________________

Post Footer Content

____________________________________________

JOIN MY TEAM

____________________________________________

 

Special Blog Post: My Thoughts on the SCOTUS Decision on Gay Marriage

A loving warning to those who would defy God

Statement by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio on Recent Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

While the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage focused on marriage between two men or two women, I would contend that the real issue underlying this abominable decision goes far beyond gay and lesbian marriage.

Truth Text Red Black BurstPhoto Source: Fotolia File: #84769189 | Author: ileezhun

The issue is not homosexuality. Homosexuality is one sin among many, although Scripture does state that sexual sins differ in that they are sins against our own bodies (I Corinthians 6:18). The issue is that our culture has strayed from a Biblical worldview.

A Biblical worldview is based on Absolute Truth, and Absolute Truth is defined as what God says in His Word. God has determined the standard for what is right and what is wrong. No man can change that standard without suffering serious negative consequences.

But, in our culture, we have attempted to replace God’s standard of right and wrong with our own. This is called humanism, aka relativism. Today, the standard for determining right and wrong is public opinion, the majority rule.

But God’s standard is true whether I believe it or not. I may believe that the law of gravity does not apply to me, but if I jump off a roof, I will go down, not up. Likewise, God’s laws cannot change regardless of what I believe about them.

God has declared that homosexuality is wrong and against the nature of man. Note what He says in His Word: “… do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Many kinds of sin are included in this warning.

We can flaunt God all we want, but He also says this: “Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows!” (Galatians 6:7).

I plead with those of you who want to hold fast to ideas that are against God’s Word to reconsider. Man is not the one who decides what is true or not true. That has already been decided and determined by God and is found in the Holy Scriptures. No one can arbitrarily change what is true or not true. We may try to do so, but we will end up destroying ourselves in the process.

As we have abandoned God and His Holy Scriptures, we have created a culture of people who are lost, afraid, and without purpose. You may not believe that the Bible is the unerring Word of God, but what if it is? I happen to believe it is and base my entire life on it. God’s Word has never failed to prove true for me in the 45 years during which I have followed Jesus Christ. God’s Word will always prove true, no matter how much one may oppose it or disagree with it.

Remember: we are not God. He is!

_________________________________________
Copyright 2015 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

Are You Thinking Straight?

Why Thinking Straight Will Set You Free

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

Do you think straight? What does that even mean, and how can you tell if you do?

Let me explain by telling you a little story.  During the 45 years of our marriage, my wonderful husband has hung many pictures for me. Each time he hangs a picture, he asks me if it looks straight. Usually, I say that the picture is leaning to the left or to the right. Usually, my husband says it looks straight to him. 

Bubble level work tool at true, also suggesting honesty through colloquial title expression

So, in order to determine if the picture is straight or crooked, he gets out his trusty level. The level never lies. It always tells the truth. If the level shows that the picture is straight, then it is straight, no matter what it looks like to our eyes.

The level is our standard of truth.

Well, God has provided a “level” to serve as the standard of truth for living our lives. That “level” is called the Bible, and it was given to us by God to tell us if we are thinking straight or not. If our way of thinking lines up with what the Bible says, then we are thinking straight. If our way of thinking does not line up with what the Bible says, then we are not thinking straight.

Now, a picture that hangs crooked on my wall may not do much more than annoy me, but a way of thinking that hangs crooked in my mind could destroy me.

For example, if I think that I will go up if I jump off a roof, that kind of crooked thinking could harm me as I soon hit the ground.  I will have discovered too late that jumping off a roof will cause me to go down, not up.

There are some kinds of crooked thinking that are even more serious than falling off a roof.  Take, for example, my thinking about Jesus Christ. If I don’t believe that He is the Savior of the world, and if I don’t accept Him as such, I will spend eternity in Hell, separated from Him. Why? Because He says that “whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life . . . . ” (John 3:36).

Bottom line, any thinking that contradicts God’s thinking is crooked thinking.  Anything that agrees with God’s thinking is straight thinking.

So, are you thinking straight? To find out, just ask yourself if your thinking agrees with God’s thinking.  How can you know? There is only one way. You have to get to know how God thinks by reading and studying His Word.

The Apostle Paul wrote this in Romans 12:2: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (emphasis mine). Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” We change the way we think by studying, memorizing, and meditating on the Word of God.

Too many Christians today are thinking like the world.  They have adopted the cultural consensus and, consequently, are not thinking straight. This is the reason we hear of Christians having sex outside of marriage, agreeing with the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage, and condoning abortion. This is all crooked thinking!

I urge you today to start thinking straight. Not only does your success in this life depend on it, but, most importantly, your eternal destiny hangs on it.

_______________________________

In my newest work of fiction, SURRENDER TO LOVE, young widow and life coach, Dr. Teresa LopezPicMonkeyFINAL061815416pmGonzalez, is not thinking straight. Consequently, she is in danger of missing God’s will for her life. Will she change her thinking to agree with God’s thinking and thus fulfill her destiny? 

Available in Kindle and print versions.

You may leave a comment by clicking here. To receive these blog posts in your emailbox, please click here.

If you found this post helpful, please pass it on to someone who can benefit from reading it. Thank you!

If you have any questions, you may contact me as follows:

Email: drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com
Snail Mail: PO Box 1185, Merchantville, NJ 08109
Tel. 856-488-3580
________________________________
Copyright 2015 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or printed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. You may contact her at maryann@maryanndiorio.com to request permission.

Photo Source: Fotolia.com: File: #12211283 | Author: Terrance Emerson

Amazon.com Required Disclosure:  MaryAnn Diorio is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Dr. Diorio is a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Biblical Counselor, and a Certified Behavioral Consultant. She is also an award-winning, widely published author of fiction for children and adults. You may reach her at maryann@maryanndiorio.com  or via one of her social media venues below: