Following are the points made by McGee and Others to prove this argument that there are two gospels. I will be paraphrasing McGee because he gives no permission to quote his material verbatim unless the entire article is used. But, you may go to his site (matthewmcgee.org) should you which to read his entire article. Following my listing of the points he makes, I will explain to you the reason behind the two gospels and the reason why we must appeal to the Scriptures for our doctrine.
—Peter and Paul’s gospels differed, but did not contradict.
You may question what he says here once you consider his remaining points.
—The churches gospel under Paul contains these points: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who gave His life being — the perfect sacrifice as payment for our sins (our being those in the church who are mainly Gentiles according to McGee). He did this through His crucifixion and His resurrection from the dead on the third day. This I think accurately states His point constituting the Gospel message.
These in fact are all of the points that McGee mentions to be pertinent to Paul’s gospel which were given to him by Jesus for those of us in the church, and this McGee says is the only gospel for today. But there is a return to the kingdom Gospel directed to the Jews during The Tribulation.
This is an area that I find contradictory for the following reason. His claim is that none of the Epistles other than Paul’s are for the church. The others by Peter, James, John, etc are written for Israel. The claim is that they confuse the doctrine of grace and eternal security because they often contradict grace with law.
—the point is made that there was “a gospel” preached during Jesus the Messiah’s earthly ministry which was not Paul’s.
—a big point is made by McGee in points #’s 3&4, that none of the disciples knew of or preached before Paul concerning Christ’s shedding of His blood for our sins. His appeals is to 1 Cor. 2:7-8.
Please read these verses, vs 8 says basically: If men had known this mystery and understood its wisdom “they would not have crucified this Lord of glory”.
His point I think is that at the time they did not know this Gospel. The mystery that McGee says was revealed to Paul was the shedding of Christ’s blood. In vs 9. Paul says for to “us” is revealed. Who are the us’s? The Apostles or all believers? Either way would not Peter have known? Was He not taught by Jesus to go into all the world with the gospel? Would Isaiah 53 not have been evidence for the understanding of the Apostles concerning Jesus sacrifice? His points continue:
— Jesus and all the Apostles except Paul preached only to Israel. Paul is the Gentiles Apostle. ‘‘This” it is implied continued throughout the Apostles ministry, so we must believe that even though the Apostle Peter knew these things, it was not important for him to teach what Paul taught concerning the blood of Jesus. McGee says that none of the Apostles but Paul taught this for they did not know it until it was revealed to Paul. He and others like him contend that all Epistles except Paul’s are just to the Jews of Israel. He says this but he does not allow me to quote him, so you may wish to read his material for yourselves.
Why we might ask is it necessary to have two gospel’s and this division? One reason to ask this question is that Paul tells us that there is only one gospel. If this statement by Paul is not (segregated) so that it is not to be meant for Israel, then the entire dispensational theory falls apart.
So we need not question why this teaching is coming forth. You see if we accept what Paul teaches as being true for Jew and Gentile as Paul states it; if you accept as truth that we are the true Jews who have had our hearts circumcised as Paul states it; if you accept as truth that both Israel and the church are in the same position in the Olive Tree because of the ROOT (Jesus) and because of our BELIEF in Jesus the Jewish Messiah as Paul teaches it; if you accept that no man can be in the resurrection apart from being in Christ (the Jewish Messiah) as Paul taught it; if you accept that there is no more Jew or Gentile as Paul taught it; if you accept that there is now one new man in Him (the Jewish Messiah) as Paul taught it; then the church cannot be separated from Israel in the rapture, in the kingdom, or in eternity. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) They will as one new man be Resurrected and Raptured together, and included in the bride together.
So, you see to them, there must be another Gospel, one which will allow the Jews to be saved apart from the blood of Christ. This is why Tribulation Rising on fatcow.com says: “After the seventh trumpet there are no more mysteries of God. Those that remain on the earth are now truly alone. No aid from the Holy Spirit, no miracles of God (aside from devastating judgments) – nothing but vile darkness and death. Those that remain are left to their own devices and for the first time in the history of mankind salvation becomes an issue of works.”
This is not a new teaching though it is vastly evolved. When I was a kid, Oliver Green and others were preaching that Israel and any who would be saved after the pre-Trib Rapture would be saved as Old Testament Israel was Saved. I never could quite understand that, because that is not the gospel message. Obviously Tim LaHaye could not understand that, because he in the left behind series still had people in the Tribulation being saved with the same gospel. But think about it — Paul also taught that all who are “IN CHRIST” will be resurrected before the Rapture, so, how can there be people in Christ during the Tribulation if the Rapture has already taken place? This is a sound and valid question I think with no real answer if one believes in a pre-Trib Rapture — unless they can invent two gospels, unless we can truly go back to the pre-Paul version of the Good News (the gospel) during the Tribulation, and be saved as Oliver Green taught it — for otherwise these Tribulation Saints of Gospel necessity must be part of the Bride. What we know is that they will sit on thrones and reign with us (Rev. 20:4). That means that they will not be ruled over by us which is the pre-Trib dispensational teaching. Confusion abounds within hyper-Dispensationalist doctrine.
Here for example is another teaching that some pre-Trib Dispensationalists, who actually listen to the points we make in opposition to their doctrine, can not tolerate for the church. Peter says:
you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession , so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God ; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy . 1 Peter 2:5,9-10
This was Israel’s calling (Ex.19:6) before this revelation to Peter, and it has been transferred to all of those who are in Christ, just as Paul taught it in Ephesians, not because the church has replaced Israel, but because we have been joined with her in her promises. “Salvation is of the Jew”, Jesus told the Samaritan woman. And here Peter says — you who were no people are now God’s people. We are saved and offered the same promises as Israel, and that we are told according to Paul in Ephesians 2, not just according to Peter here.
This cannot be allowed to stand in the pre-Trib Dispensationalist camp, therefore they say, Peter was not speaking to you but to Israel, and he was teaching the kingdom gospel not Paul’s gospel. Yet Paul taught the same understanding as Peter in both Ephesians and Romans. Therefore we see the first of McGee’s points which says that Paul’s and Peter’s gospels are compatible. So in the evolution that has taken place in pre-Trib dispensational doctrine there really are two gospels out there today. One for Israel and one for the church. Yet, Jesus said this gospel of the kingdom must be preached to all the world and then the end shall come (Matt 24:14).
Did Paul teach this gospel? According to MccGee he could not have. But Listen:
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. “And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. Acts 20:17-18,20-21,24-25
So what has happened here? Did Paul teach two gospels while with the Ephesians? He says he preached GRACE and THE KINGDOM. All of this he received from Jesus. Guess what, McGee’s clan states that Ephesus was a Jewish church and that this is why Paul preached the Kingdom to them. In fact Mr McGee, the entire early church was Jewish — to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “ But the righteous man shall live by faith.” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Romans 1:16-18
Paul, never deviated once from there being one way to this truth, this salvation that is from the Jews. It is the same both for the Jew and for the Gentile. Paul never ever implied two gospels, one for the Jew and one for the Gentile.
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All true, Jerry! So grateful to hear this said. Thank you!
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Thanks Maria, we found Truth when we found Jesus, and we received His promise that through the Holy Spirit we would be led into all truth, so when I began to realize that there is so much confusion within the ranks of those teachers who claim the same belief in Jesus that we have; I then realized just how much of a spiritual battle we are really in. I’m sure that I don’t get everything right, but I’m constantly asking to be led in His wisdom toward truth. I want to know Jesus better and He is truth. I sense this same desire in you and I see it in your posts. Keep fighting the good fight gal.
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Jerry, yes, we found truth when we came to the Lord! We must be rooted and grounded so we aren’t shaken by what we see around us in the Church in our day. The times are perilous, truly!
P.S. Thank you for your kind encouragement!
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So true. The Lord said that there would be days like these. But we are overcomers in Him.
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Jerry, I updated my post on your comment and Sherry’s so that everything would be clearer:
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