Today we start Galatians! – This is what God gave me today in his word:
to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:5-9)
Well there’s someone who gets straight to the point. If an angel comes and tries to tell you a different Gospel than the one Paul just mentioned, let the him be accursed. If a man tries to preach a different Gospel to you, let him be accursed as well. Those are some pretty serious words. Why is it that Paul is being so serious though, with just a bit of beginner teaching? I mean, isn’t the Gospel the thing that gets the people who come in the door saved and nothing more?
Why should someone simply preaching a different Gospel be accursed? It’s not that bad is it? …
For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12)
Yes it is bad, do you want to know why? Because the true Gospel is more than simply the thing we touch on once and then leave alone! It’s the thing that we focus on. – My family and I were formerly looking for a church. It took us, at a guess, six months of looking to find a church to stay with (which ironically was the one we visited originally). In the time in between having a church and not having one, we visited a whole ton of Gospel-less, hopeless, powerless churches. One in particular pastor noted how the old testament, was in fact the older testament; therefore all the commandments given the Israelites back then still apply. I never once heard even a mention of the word, “Gospel”. There were very few people at the church (wonder why?), and it had no power at all. The law, the older testament, what you must and must not do, those are things that will kill hope, power, and a congregation. But why? After all, isn’t all scripture useful for teaching, preaching and the rest? Who are we to judge what scripture is still valid and what scripture isn’t?
4 : something accepted or promoted as infallible truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine <took her words as gospel><spreading the gospel of conservation — R. M. Hodesh> (taken from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gospel)
Before we answer the above question, we first need to figure out what exactly a, “gospel” is. A (rather than the Gospel) is, as the above dictionary quote has just told us, something accepted or promoted as infallible truth… The pastor I talked about was preaching a gospel of law (his, “infallible” gospel was in fact flawed); Of what someone must and must not do; legalism, Instead of Jesusism.
The point is this: As I’ve said several times before, the Gospel is the most important thing; it heals, it revives, it saves and it should be our life. People aren’t saved by another person telling them what they should and should not do, they’re saved by knowing what Jesus did for them. I’m not saved by my works, neither are you, no one is, only through Jesus’ death and Resurrection is their even a slimmer of hope for us. – Don’t get me wrong, we still should do, “good deeds” but the desire to them should come from our wanting to do something to grow God’s kingdom. Not only that, but whatever, “good deeds” we do do are not necessary for our salvation. While I’m on the subject, the only reason we even think about doing something ‘good’ is because we are saved and Jesus lives in us! But that’s another point for another time… We’re saved by Jesus’ death and Resurrection, do believe it. Do not accept any other “gospel”.
You are Loved!