The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not difficult. God allowed the Gospel to be understood by a child, let alone an adult. However, man and man-made religion have managed to complicate the beautiful simplicity of salvation!
~2 Corinthians 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (3) For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (4)
Peter warned of false religion and of the devil disguising himself as a lion roaring wishing to devour.
~1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Would one be devoured by Satan if one were alert and watching? Would one be deceived by the devil’s subtlety if one was in the Word? A banker knows how to recognize counterfeit money because he knows the real thing! So should a Christian be able to recognize false religion by being in the Bible!
Peter warned us of those who preach another Jesus. Just who preaches another Jesus? The catholic church preaches that Jesus’ atoning blood was not enough for complete salvation. The catholic church teaches that salvation is an ongoing process as long as one does the sacraments – go to mass, do penance and indulgence, pray the rosary, go to confession, remain in the catholic church, etc. But that is not what Jesus taught. Jesus’ salvation is not complicated. Jesus’ teachings are not complicated.
~Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: ( 8 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (9)
~John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
~Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
That is the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. The catholic church has managed to chain its members into a life of works-based salvation and penance – all of which only create a religious person who, like the Pharisees, is not saved. Peter said to beware of those who corrupt from the simplicity that is in Christ!
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.