Galatians: What's Wrong With Changing the Gospel?

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, ESV

 

You may have heard the saying, "We are all going to the same place, just by different paths". The implication is that any way you want to come to Christ is just alright. After all, God's grace is sufficient, right?

 

Now please don't get me wrong. I know that there are a lot of well meaning people who just want to get along and sincerely want to please God. Having said that, well meaning or not, the Word of God is very specific when it comes to changes: It is forbidden!

 

That may seem harsh at first, but consider what God has done for us. He has given us a plan that will not change. Many conmen within the ranks of preachers have claimed to have a "secret message" from God. Many of these false teachers have even said that the message they received was given to them by an angel. Cautious people then have to ask themselves, "What if they really did talk to an angel?"

 

The beauty of God is that he anticipated such evil in advance. He had the Apostle Paul write not once, but twice, that if someone preached a new Gospel - even if it was an angel - they were accursed. Accursed is a specific word that indicates an eternal condemnation. In other words, such an accursed being - whether man or angel - will be lost should they preach any other Gospel than the one found in the Scriptures.

 

Again, some men will say this is too severe, but it is exactly the opposite. There are no changes needed to the perfection of the Good News of Jesus Christ, therefore, no changes will be made. Since this is the case, we can go to the Word and be confident that we are getting the exact, unchanging truths that we need for salvation.

 

God didn't take any chance with His Word... will we?

 

The readings for this next week are from Galatians. This inspired letter contains powerful truths that all men need to properly serve both the Father and the Son.