Watering the Tulips
June 26, 2013
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” – Galatians 1:6-9
Just a few decades after the ministry of Jesus, the churches in Galatia had a major problem. They had corrupted the Gospel. In fact, Paul even says that what they had turned to was “not another” Gospel because there is no other. But, what had they done? Simply, they had reverted to a belief system which sought to mix the Mosaic Law with grace. This must not be done. Grace is free. Works for salvation is the opposite of free.
The seriousness of the preservation of free grace is quickly seen in this passage. Those who preach a works-based “gospel” are to “be accursed”. And, if your mind happened to have been wandering, perhaps you caught it then second time. Rarely are things repeated with such emphasis in the Bible. This in and of itself speaks to the need of keeping the Gospel of Christ pure. Simply, we are bought at a price (1 Corinthians 7:23). That high price was the life of the only begotten Son of God for our sins. The resurrection 3 days later proved God’s acceptance of Jesus’ finished work.
There seems to be a mellowing in our day concerning the acceptance of anything deemed “Christian”. One of the most popular “preachers” in America has regularly admitted that he doesn’t preach on sin because that’s a negative message. This same one admitted on a national talk show that he believed people who reject Jesus as the Messiah in other faiths may still be saved.
How can such things be accepted among Bible believing Christians? Jesus plainly said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). And again, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:14-16). And once more, “But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you” (John 10:26). We must believe Jesus’ words over any others no matter how popular they may be.
Child of God, we are living in the last days. If the Gospel could be perverted just a few years following the ministry of our Savior, how much more can it be perverted today. We must guard the Gospel with all that we have lest we become a group that is just interested in ear tickling (2 Timothy 4:3).
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