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. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-10)
A Perverted Gospel
The day of Pentecost was an amazing day for the early Christians. Peter’s sermon along with the eleven laid the foundation for the beginning of the eternal plan of God realized in the church. Three thousand devout Jews were baptized into Christ and the early church began in its purest form. This was a time of discovery as children of Abraham learned the new law of Christ. The Law of Moses was fading away and the first disciples were embracing a new pattern of salvation. But like everything God has created Satan set his sights on bringing death and destruction.
False doctrine was not new to man. From the temptation of Eve in the garden the devil has been challenging worship to God with “Has God indeed said?” In the first century church Paul was dealing with the early warnings of apostasy. The saints in Galatia were turning away from the gospel of Christ to a mixed message of Judeo/Christian dogmas contrary to the purity of the message preached by the apostle Paul. He was very concerned for them. The gospel they were embracing was a perverted form of truth. Paul’s warning was clear in the beginning. Any gospel than what the Holy Spirit spoke to them through him was to be treated with anathema. The emphatic tone of Paul’s message was that even if an angel preached any other gospel it should be considered depraved, corrupt, degenerate and warped. There was only one church and one gospel.
It would be well of us to read the book of Galatians and be reminded there is such a thing as a perverted gospel. Many people accept the idea that no honest person would teach something wrong. Why else do thousands of people follow any kind of doctrine given by man? Writing to the church at Corinth Paul reminded them of “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-14). Agents of perversion come in many shapes and forms. Satan himself comes in the form of religious leaders!
There is one gospel! One message of hope! A single road to walk! No other name! The Bible is the only book that can save you. Jesus Christ is the only Lord. No God but Jehovah. No church but the church patterned in the New Testament. One means of salvation. A single message of grace. Authority based on one foundation. Faith is singular not plural. One. Anything after the one gospel is a distortion, falsification, twisting – perversion! Now – what are you following?
Man passes away; generations are but shadows; there is nothing stable but truth. (Josiah Quincy, Speech, September 17, 1830)