Bad Medicine


“Since Satan cannot destroy the gospel, he has too often neutralized its usefulness by addition, subtraction, or substitution.” – J.C. Ryle


I read a true story a few days back about a pharmacist who was caught adding water to the chemotherapy drugs he was selling to cancer patients. Well it seems that, by the time this was finally revealed and the pharmacist was arrested, it was estimated that he had delivered highly diluted chemo treatments to over 4,200 people.


Can you imagine that? If you or a friend or loved one were one of those patients, what would you have thought when you found out the best chance at treatment had been squandered because someone had given you “bad medicine”?


If that chemotherapy treatment were your only chance of defeating the disease of cancer, what would you think about receiving this diluted version of it?


You’d probably want the treatment that was designed for you, right? And not something that had been tampered with afterwards.


You’d probably want the same for your friends and family (and hopefully, for everyone struggling with this disease).


Shouldn’t that also be the case, even much more so, with the Gospel?


I mean, the Gospel is humanity’s ONLY hope for a cure to the disease of sin. The Bible states it clearly. It is the single path to a right relationship with God. Why then, would we ever want a diluted version of it, thus placing ourselves and our loved ones at risk of spiritual death?


Gospel (undiluted):


  1. We are accountable to the God who created us.
  2. We have sinned against that God and will be judged accordingly, BUT…
  3. God has acted in his Son, Jesus Christ, to save us.
  4. We take hold of that salvation by repentance from sin and faith in the atoning work of Christ.


Beware of anything that attempts to undermine ANY of these four core Gospel truths as repeated throughout the New Testament.


Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6 ESV).


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