“It was the will of the Captain of salvation, who was made perfect through sufferings, that all his subjects should, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God. Paul, warning Timothy against the corruption of Christianity which was to take place, first sets before him his own godly life, and then lays down this general maxim, ‘Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned,’ &c. All national establishments of Christianity have been devised to accommodate that religion to the pride and lusts of men” (Sandeman; underlining mine–CD).
When the true gospel is so twisted and perverted that it becomes a false gospel worthy of the anathema of God (Galatians 1:8-9) it likewise becomes a “gospel” that appeals to and attracts the unregenerate man. It appears evident that the true gospel must be adulterated into a false before certain religious hucksters can make money off of it. Next Page (12)