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. (Galatians 1:6-9)
There Is No Other Gospel
The apostle Paul was on a mission but unlike his missionary trips by land his most pressing work was to be done by the power of the pen. Earlier he had been instrumental in establishing churches throughout the region of Galatia and his love for these brethren was overshadowed by Jewish Christians coming in among the brethren teaching a false gospel and attacking the apostleship of Paul. He was not one of the original number commissioned by Christ but he had to prove his place in the work of the church as one called out of due season. Those who opposed him used his late call to the apostleship as a challenge to the authority of his letters, preaching and work among the brethren. Paul had to get personal to defend himself showing he had been chosen by God independent of the original calling of the twelve and that his work was confirmed by the Holy Spirit as the gospel of Christ. The greatest danger was not so much the attack made against him but Paul’s concern these false teachers were bringing another gospel to the church that would destroy many souls. In the early days of the church, the seeds of apostasy were being planted by those who accepted a gospel apart from the plain teachings of Paul and others who by divine revelation had received the authority of God to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is remarkable that even as early as the first years of the church religious division had found its way into the crevices of the church of Christ bringing a spirit of party loyalty and a divisive spirit. The letter to the churches in Galatia began with a flurry of rebuke against those who would bring another gospel. Paul was aggressively countering the dangers of those who would accept another gospel than what had been delivered to the saints. He knew how this would destroy the church and for many of the people of God, it would prove fatal.
Paul felt a great loss in how easy it seemed for the hearts of the people to be turned aside to another gospel. The work of the early disciples to teach the Galatian churches the fundamentals of truth seemed weakened by those who came in teaching doctrines not found in the pages of the word of God. There is always a need for the people of God to investigate what is being said in companion with the word of God so that truth can be established by the authority of scripture. There was sufficient content for anyone to compare what was being taught by the Jewish Christians coming into the churches with the word of God as they had at that time. Through the teachings of the Law of Moses, Psalms and the Prophets the gospel of Christ could be confirmed along with the many letters and manuscripts of men like Paul. Allowing these false teachers to sway the minds of the brethren away from what had been established was an affront to the authority of God. Paul wanted to be very clear in the outset of his letter: if anyone comes in and teaches anything different than what had been established by the divine authority of God, they were to be accursed. This is very strong language but the apostle wanted to be very clear about the dangers. It did not matter if Michael the archangel himself came down and taught the brethren something that was not according to the word of God, they were to maintain the integrity of the word of God. Paul’s apostleship was under attack and he answered it by saying that even an angel had no authority to teach something that was not according to the grace of Christ. Anyone who dared do such a thing would be anathema. This was a pronouncement of extreme prejudice against those who refused to follow the will of God. Paul had preached the word to the brethren as the authority of Christ and no man and no angel should challenge that. There is one gospel and anyone who teaches differently than what had been delivered to the saints would be accursed.
The letter to the churches of Galatia could well be a letter written to the churches today. There are thousands of churches today with names that cannot be found in the Bible, teaching doctrines not found in the Bible, following practices that are not found in the Bible and offering avenues of salvation that are not found in the Bible. The health and wealth gospel of false religion today is strumming the heartbeats of the apostasy to a full orchestra of leading souls away from the true Christ destroying millions of souls. There are many religious people that do not believe false doctrines exist and that all believers of Christ are united under the flag of coexisting together in a covenant of grace. If Paul marveled two thousand years ago about how quickly the saints had turned away from the grace of Christ he would be in shock at how prolific the apostasy has spread today. There was one gospel of Christ in the first century and there is still one gospel in the millennia of today. Anyone who teaches a gospel other than what has been delivered through the word of God (the Bible) will be accursed. Even if an angel appears and gives a man a vision, that gospel is false. If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you can read in the Bible, let him be accursed.