Teaching a Different Gospel – Galatians 1:7-8

Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!

Galatians 1:7b-8 NIV

It is tempting to read this passage and apply it to many of the strange variations of the gospel that are being proclaimed today. And indeed, Paul would likely include many of them, and those who teach them, as being under God’s curse. But Paul’s warning was not just to others who might be perverting the gospel. There is also a very personal component to this warning as well.

I am a teacher. And I need to be very careful as I teach and write. Am I being faithful to the Scriptures? Or have I perverted the message, allowing my own thoughts, or those of others, to change the message? All of us who are Bible teachers have a serious responsibility, and should not take it lightly. Ultimately we will be held accountable for what we teach or preach. And we will also have to give answer for any that we have led astray. It is a serious responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

Lord, may the words that I speak, as well as the words that I write, be acceptable and pleasing to you. I pray that you would be glorified and your church strengthened by them. Help me to be faithful to you and your word and not be guilty of teaching a different gospel.

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