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Perverting the gospel

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Over the centuries many have perverted the gospel of Christ.

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Perverting the gospel

  1. 1. Perverting the Gospel Galatians 1:6-11
  2. 2. Galatians 1:6-8 <ul><li>6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, </li></ul><ul><li>7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Galatians 1:9-11 <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>10 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. </li></ul><ul><li>11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why was Paul shocked? <ul><li>Brethren had been bewitched (fooled) </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? </li></ul><ul><li>Judaizing teachers demanded Gentiles keep the Law of Moses to be saved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is but ONE gospel that saves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These teachers were troubling the church </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why was Paul shocked? <ul><li>There are still false teachers around </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Destroying its simplicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denying its power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a perverted gospel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disguising themselves under a cloak of grace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We must be ready to stand up for the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Jude 3b I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Seeking Unity in Grace <ul><li>The true gospel demands unity </li></ul><ul><li>NOT Unity in diversity of doctrine – </li></ul><ul><li>But unity based on the truth </li></ul><ul><li>We must be united against denominational error </li></ul><ul><li>United in unscriptural practices </li></ul><ul><li>United in moral values </li></ul><ul><li>Unitied in the grace of Christ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Seeking Unity in Grace <ul><li>There has been a shift in preaching and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>From substance, and doctrine to shallow, superficial topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Refusal to talk about certain topics </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting unity in the name of grace while dismissing doctrine. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Seeking Confusion <ul><li>Pervert - &quot;to transform into something of an opposite character&quot;— Vine's Exp. Dict. </li></ul><ul><li>Must question & change the meaning of words – ( for; everlasting; became flesh ) </li></ul><ul><li>Must stretch and distort the context of Scripture – ( 2 Pet 3:16 ) as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. </li></ul><ul><li>There are difficult passages, but the truth always fits w/ truth. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Is Paul still shocked? <ul><li>Paul would still be shocked today. </li></ul><ul><li>There are still Judaizing teachers insisting on our following their rules. (People who make rules for others to follow) </li></ul><ul><li>But there are even more perverting the Gospel by ignoring or loosening its demands! (People who ignore the rules God made.) </li></ul><ul><li>There is STILL ONLY ONE gospel that saves </li></ul><ul><li>People are still accursed from Christ and troubling the church </li></ul>
  10. 10. Philippians 1:27 <ul><li>Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Unchanging Gospel <ul><li>Facts to Believe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Death </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Burial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resurrection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commands to Obey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confess </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be baptized </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promises to be Enjoyed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forgiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eternal life </li></ul></ul>

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