The Christmas season is one of the few times of the year when people who ordinarily would not be seen dead in a church will go and sing some carols because, hey, it's Christmas! Sadly, such are the times that we live in that it is likely that they will go to a church that does not preach the gospel; or rather they will preach a gospel but it will not be the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ but a false gospel that instead of pointing them in the direction of salvation will usher people towards hell.
This is a great evil, as Paul writes: "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!" (Galatians 1v8) It matters not if the intentions were good or if the church has the most noble of purposes, if a false gospel is preached then the speaker heaps condemnation on himself.
What follows are some of the common false gospels that will be preached in churches this Christmas. I probably should add from the start that most are fairly subtle but that makes them all the worse for they are more likely to be believed. It must be of great delight to Satan that even when people do go into a church they only hear a corrupted gospel that does not proclaim the truth has is found in the Bible.
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The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith defines the providence of God in the following way: “God the good creator of all things, in his infinite power and wisdom doth uphold, direct, dispose and govern all creatures and all things from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, to the end for which they were created, according unto his infallible foreknowledge and free and immutable counsel of his own will; to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness and mercy.”
The Westminster Confession of Faith is marvellously abridged in the shorter catechism: “God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures and their actions.”
In scripture we read: “Oh the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay them? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.” [Romans 11: 33-36.]
Matthew Henry comments on the apostle’s heartfelt cry of adoration towards God: “Paul was as well acquainted with the mysterious of the kingdom of God as ever any mere man was; and yet he confesses himself at a loss in the contemplation, and, despairing to find the bottom, he humbly sits down at the brink and adores the depth.