My answer to my title question is: YES! I am preaching Paul's Gospel! Over the past few years, on this wonderful journey into New Covenant Grace, I've questioned myself many, many times! My critics do not understand what has transformed in my life. Some have suggested I read someones book and just became a "follower." However, this is not even close to being correct! My beliefs are based on the revelation that the Holy Spirit has given me from the Bible alone. The Bible is my Book! Sure I enjoy the writings of others, but I'm where I am because a guy named, Paul, one day was taken to the back side of the desert and taught by Jesus Himself the wonderful truths of the New Covenant!
So, I'm a strong follower of Paul. I follow his teaching and this has changed my life! Therefore when I seem to get a fresh revelation from the Spirit I ask myself, "Self..What I'm seeing here is completely different than anything that I've believed in the past, so Self...am I seeing this right?" Then I read the Bible, talk to my wife, hash this "new thing" out and...Bam! My life and the lives of those I'm teaching is once again changed as God brings us into more revelation of Grace!
Look at what Paul says in Galatians 1: 8 (NLT), "Let God's curse fall on any one, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of God News than the one we preached to you." Then verse 9, "I say again what we have said before, if anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed."
Wow! Pretty tough stuff wouldn't you say? I can hear some say, "Where is the love?" However, Paul wasn't fooling around with Grace. He was taught this message by the Lord Himself. Look at this: Galatians 1: 11, "Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preached is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ."
I fear many today are "frustrating the Grace of God." (Gal. 2:21) They are trying so hard to make themselves right with God. Its like they get saved by faith in what Christ has done for them, but that is where it all ends; they continue on working hard to keep themselves saved. The Church of today seems to keep saying, "Perform! Perform! and Perform!" Those of us who preach Grace and New Covenant life keep saying, "Rest! Rest! and Rest! What a difference!
In Titus chapter 3, Paul talked about those who were causing divisions in the Church. The divisions were over the subject of Grace; they were saying that people still sinned after they were saved, completely going against the Gospel that Paul preached. Paul says to them in verse 11, "For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them." What happened to them...they went back under Law! They "frustrated the Grace of God!" When people go back under Law (the Levitical Law or any law that they come up with that by following they become closer to God) they once again become Sinners! Ouch!
Please join with me on this wonderful journey of freedom.
Allow me to close with Galatians 2: 16, "Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law." (and I might add..."by obeying ANY law!")
Grace & Peace!