This is the final segment of the message delivered by Rev. O. F. Fauss from “Echoes of Yesteryear” published in the Christian Newspaper. Please continue to keep us in prayer for our trip to San Jose, Costa Rica.
“Now let us come back to the doctrine preached at Ephesus, the only doctrine to be preached; all others are false. To get this information, let us read the report of the first revival ever held at Ephesus by the Apostle Paul. Turn to Acts 19th chapter and the first six verse, for there we have a perfect report.
“And it came to pass” (I am so glad it did come to pass, for it has shut the mouth of infidels forever). “Paul came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” The first text of the apostle was on the baptism of the Holy Ghost. “And they said unto him. We have not so much heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.” They had never heard there was such an experience for them. The next question the apostle asked them was concerning their baptism, learning that they were followers of John the Baptist, Paul told them how John preached that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Ghost. After hearing this wonderful message we read the 5th verse, “They were baptized in the NAME of the LORD JESUS; and when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” Remember, this happened only twenty-two years after the day of Pentecost. For twenty-two yeas the doctrine of Pentecost had not changed. The same message proclaimed by the Apostle Peter on that day was still Paul’s message at Ephesus. About ten years later Paul instructs Timothy to charge those at Ephesus to teach no other DOCTRINE. He also told Timothy to take heed unto himself by so doing he would save himself and those who would hear him. (I Timothy 4:16)
We have proven that Paul preached the same gospel everywhere he preached. He wrote to the Galatians when they were believing something else, that there was no other gospel. He was so sure he preached the gospel, the only doctrine of God, that he said: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)
Paul wanted the saints and preachers of his day to know that there was no other way. He was bold to preach them the doctrine, and then he was doubly bold to defend what he preached. He knew that in these last days the true doctrine would be denied. Therefore he said in the next verse (9), “As we said before, so say I now again, IF ANY MAN PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL UNTO YOU than that ye have received, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.”