Summary: There are many preachers in our world today telling people how to be saved and go to heaven. Are they all saying the same thing?
The Perversion Of The Gospel
1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),
2 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 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.
9 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.
Today’s Bible passage is the beginning of a letter
the Apostle Paul sent to a group of Christians in Galatia.
He wrote it because the Galatian Christians
were being told salvation is so much more than being saved.
When Paul had led those people to faith in Jesus
he taught them that salvation is by grace through faith.
Unfortunately, some false doctrines had been preached to them
after Paul left Galatia and moved on to other places.
As a result, the Galatian Christians were confused.
Was there something more to being saved
than just believing the blood of Jesus paid for their sins?
Were there things they should be doing to stay saved?
Were there some things they had to give up to stay saved?
Were there some rules they had to obey?
Well, things haven’t changed much since Paul wrote that letter.
There is still much confusion in Christianity today.
Not all of the denominations we have today
preach the same Christian doctrines.
Turn on the radio or TV and you’ll get different gospels.
So who should you believe?
A baseball team manager was in charge of a good baseball team.
The team had star players at every position
and a good pitching staff.
One day, the manager was told that a player
was being brought up from the Minor Leagues.
This rookie player had been paid a large amount of money
to sign a contract instead of going on to college.
So the team owner wanted this rookie player to succeed.
So the manager decided to start the rookie in the Center Field.
The veteran outfielder who normally played that position
was furious when told the rookie would be starting.
In the first inning, a fly ball was hit to the rookie.
The ball rolled between the rookie’s legs
and all the way to the fence resulting in a triple for the hitter.
The veteran player sitting on the bench
threw his glove in disgust and shouted,
“Can you believe this kid?”
More of that story a little later!
Today in this message, we will consider 3 questions.
Question #1. What is a different gospel?
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Paul used the words “different” and “any other”.
Remember that Paul wrote this letter in the Greek language.
There are two Greek words Paul used.
In verse 6, he uses the word “heteron,”
which means “another of a different kind.”
In verse 7, he uses the word “allo,”
which means “another of the same kind.”
If you read in the New Testament the letters Paul wrote
it’s easy to see that Paul preached salvation was by grace.
So a different or any other gospel
is a gospel not based on grace.
Any other gospel is trouble to the people.
“there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ”
In his letter to the Roman Christians Paul says in Romans 11:6
that salvation is not by grace plus works.
6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Unfortunately, you will hear 2 gospels concerning salvation.
One is “do” and the other one is “done.”
One says you must do something to be saved.
The other says Jesus has already done it for you.