It’s easy to mix the gospel with other things. I mean, there is so much in the way of spiritual teaching or human philosophy out there that is good, or potentially good, or seemingly good, or helpful, or that we know has been helpful to others we know. Who can argue with something that works?
Well, no one has to argue with anything. We just need to be sure we aren’t mixing it with the gospel. If we’re building our lives upon that solid Rock of Jesus, then Jesus is everything we need. All else optional at best, harmful at worst. The Christian should desire the sincere milk of the Word and every word that comes from the mouth of God. And that puts every other outlook in perspective.
Throughout Church history Christians have been led astray by Jesus and something – or something very close to Jesus. Watch out for any other Jesus, any different spirit, any different gospel. Paul put it like this to one of his churches:
“For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-you may well put up with it! – 2 Corinthians 11:2-4 (NKJV)