Friday, May 22, 2015

BEWARE OF INFECTIONS IN THE BODY


Infections are nasty. A small wound can turn into a large sore and overtake an entire limb of your body. If left untreated, an infection can even enter your blood stream and kill you!
(Guest post by Jonathan Hill)

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. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.(Galatians 1:6-10, ESV)
The church at Galatia had an infection of false teaching. They had teachers who were preaching a false-gospel. You really can’t add to, change, or have a new take on the gospel. 

It is what it is.
 

So these teachers were really teaching an anti-gospel, something completely different than God’s gospel. They were leading people away from Jesus.

When an infection sets in, serious steps have to be taken. Sometimes limbs are lost.

The apostle Paul warns the churches of Galatia that such drastic measures need to be taken to fight their infection. 

He says that anyone who preaches a false gospel is “accursed” (Gal. 1:8-9).

In English that doesn’t sound so bad but in Greek language it means “cut off and given over to God for judgment.” It’s a quite literal, “to Hell with them!”

The idea is to remove those who are spreading this anti-gospel from their midst. It didn’t matter how popular, poetic, or engaging the false teachers in Galatia were, they had to be removed because of what they taught.

The Apostle Paul uses strong language here to convey the seriousness and urgency of the issue. These folks had to be abandoned!

It wasn’t just the current false teachers that Paul intended. He also wanted to be sure that no one else who preached a false gospel, no matter how good they sounded, how good they looked, or even how great their resume, assumed the right to redefine the gospel.

Paul said that even if HE showed back up preaching another gospel or an angel even, that they should be cut off and given to God for judgment.

It seems harsh that Paul would say something as mean as “to Hell with them,” but the stark reality is that is where their man-made philosophy leads.

I think it’s what Jesus implies when He talks about those who lead others astray
(Matt. 18:6).

Just like an infection doesn’t lead to good health, false teaching doesn’t promote the health of the church. False teaching destroys lives. False teachers give their followers a confidence in a false way.

Because this is a tough place to be, Paul reminds his readers that we really aren’t in the people-pleasing business, but rather in the God-glorifying business.

The Gospel is a double-edged sword. While on the one hand there is salvation for those who embrace Christ… on the other hand there is this harsh judgment that comes on those who have rejected Christ.

You can’t be jealous for God and man. You have to pick one.

When it comes to the gospel, there is no room for compromise. (tweet this)

We must honor God even to the point of dis-fellowshipping those who teach a false gospel and doing so on unfriendly terms.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is part of a series on the Epistle to the Galatians. The series is being done by three independent bloggers. 
This article was submitted by Jonathan Hill. (no relation to Dale)

Jonathan lives in Pensacola, FL where he writes and speaks about leadership in family and ministry. He is a husband, father, and committed follower of Christ. He has over eighteen years experience as a student pastor. He has been a guest speaker in a variety of settings including student camps, disciple now events, student and college retreats, family conferences, and revivals. You can find more of Jonathan’s devotional, theological and biographical writings by checking out his blog,
The Hill House.



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1 comment:

  1. Excellent! Yes, teaching a false gospel is an illness. The accursed false teacher will lead others to hell and this is why Paul didn't mince words.

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