Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Did you know Galatians was so harsh?

We tend to think of Revelation being the "hard" chapter. But Paul's little missive to the Galatians has some tough language in it, and stern words for the Christians of his day and for Christians of all time. Paul sends curses out twice in this short passage. False doctrine is extremely important to tend to. A little leaven spoils the whole lump.

"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 1:6-9).

Paul mentions here that:

--Christians desert solid doctrine
--Christians accept a different gospel
--Christians be warned that some come in who trouble us
--Christians be warned that some who come in purposely distort the Gospel
--Do not 'dialog' with the Gospel-perverters. Instead, let them be accursed!

"Have you ever noticed how difficult sometimes it is to reject a false system because the people in it are so nice? Paul says, "I don't care if it's me or if it's a beautiful angel from heaven, let him be accursed." So many buy false doctrine because the package is so nice. Don't you know Satan knows that?" (source)

Far from being tolerant, lackadaisical, inclusive; Christians should be exclusive, intolerant of false doctrine, and vigorous in defending Christ.


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