Whenever we are hearing a new teacher and a new message, let us look for the sign of blood. Jesus says of Himself that He had come “to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Beware of any preacher who does not say as much of Christ!
There was a Frenchman by the name of Lepaux, who wanted to create a new religion. It was not long when he complained to the statesman Talleyrand of his ill-success. The statesman replied: “That you have difficulty in introducing your new religion, does not surprise me. But I believe I can show you how to succeed … The way to succeed in teaching religion is: Go and perform miracles; heal the sick of every variety; raise the dead; then be crucified and rise up again from the grave on the third day. When you shall have done all this, you may succeed.” No doubt, the philosopher went back somewhat thoughtful.
Talleyrand was right. The core and strength of the Gospel is the death of atonement suffered by Christ for us. If the test of blood is not met, the message may sound attractive; but it is a new gospel—with salvation left out of it.(Copied)