Be on Your Gospel Guard
Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 7, 2006
When the Apostle Paul wrote unto the churches of Galatia, he marveled at the fact that they were “so soon removed from him that called them into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” (Gal 1:6). These congregations of baptized believers were saved and lived in a country conquered and settled by the Gauls (Galatia is derived from the word “Gaul”). The Gauls were pagans, and in their religion it is said that they worshiped “the mother of the gods”, under the name of Agdistis.
But it wasn’t the pagan Gauls that “bewitched” these churches (Gal 3:1), it was the religious Jews who held to keeping the Law for salvation that deceived them. These churches in Galatia were troubled because they were being corrupted into believing that justification before God came by faith AND by the works of the law. But Paul set them straight in Gal 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified”.
There were those that were preaching “another gospel: which is not another” (Gal 1:6-7), and may I say of a truth that this is still going on today. Be on your “Gospel guard” and remember the warning found in 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”.