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Matthew 7:15 Christ Jesus Himself states:
Most here today would be aware of the danger looming if there was a herd of sheep that was being approached by a wolf who had dressed in sheep’s clothing!
It would allow this dangerous and powerful predator to creep in close
It would make distinguishing the danger more difficult
Sheep who were unaware and not alert would begin to be taken down by this sly approach of their enemy.
Paul is aware and very concerned with the wolves who have crept in to devour these baby sheep in the churches in Galatia.
His sling in out and ready so to speak
His eyes are alert and attentive to the danger he sees approaching and even present
He is now raising up a warning and aggressively protecting the truth of the Gospel of Christ
Paul starts by declaring to the churches plain and simple...
There is NO other gospel (good news)!
Paul is AMAZED!!! (Flabbergasted, in awe, in wonder)
Paul has just left them with the truth…Quickly!
It does not take long for false teaching to creep into a church.
Deserting - a military term.
Leaving your post.
A different gospel?
There is NO other gospel “which is really not another” NIV puts it… “which is really no gospel at all.”
ANYTHING… other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not good news!
It is dangerous and leads to death!!!
These people were disturbing them, there was no peace.
There was a distortion of the truth...
Changing it to something else all together, the idea of making it look similar but different all together.
You and I should never add to or detract from what God has done through Jesus Christ
You and I need to have a clear understanding of what the Gospel is… 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
We need to have a clearly defined understanding of the Gospel… Otherwise we could end up believing anything!
Paul gives a stern warning about knowing the truth!
Consider the Message over the Messenger
Paul’s gospel message did not come from him but rather from Christ Himself!!!
If he changes the gospel or any with him do not be fooled!
If an angel comes… do not be fooled!
We have prominent religions out there today… in our area that have their roots in a religion that started with a message from an angel!
Don’t be deceived by the approach, by the lure of spirituality, the promise of new or enlightened revelation.
Paul goes and reiterates to them if ANY MAN gives a different Gospel be warned!!!!
If it adds to what Christ did beware!
If it detracts from what Christ did beware!
Church this is serious… Paul is waging war on those who teach false doctrine in the church!
Paul is a zealous champion for the purity of the gospel...
We are shocked when we read that Paul says, “Let them be accursed!”
… ETERNALLY CONDEMNED
Paul is expressing the Word’s of God here… this is serious
Anything that teaches a false gospel is evil!
The churches problem is that we don’t know what is good anymore...
We cannot spot or recognize a counterfeit.
We place such an emphasis on the presentation, the style, the music,
We are more content with a TED Talk with some scripture thrown in, than the meat of solid doctrine and teaching from God’s Word.
Vince Lombardi is widely recognized as one of the greatest football coaches of all time.
Legend has it that on one occasion, after a particularly tough loss for his team, he gathered his players in the locker room for the usual post-game speech.
In a short but poignant statement the coach cut right to the heart of the matter.
Holding up a football, Lombardi quipped, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”
His point was not lost on the players: Their performance in the game that just concluded had evidenced an utter lack of competency in the very basic fundamentals of the game.
Church we need to get back to the fundamentals of our faith… a clear gospel
We need to be competent in handling God’s Word accurately so we can clearly understand and share the gospel...
All mankind are sinners in need of a Savior.
God sent His Son as our Savior.
Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, died for the sin of mankind, was buried, and rose again paying for sin once for all.
Just as dangerous as a wolf dressing in sheep’s clothing, and infiltrating the herd, and is definitely a concern for Paul, is the sheep desiring to put on wolves’ clothing!
Why Hold to and Declare THE Gospel?
Because it can be so tempting to be man pleasers...
We can be tempted to put on wolves clothing and look like the world!
We want to be liked, desired, non-offensive
Popularity with man does not equate accuracy with the Word
Large church??? examine the message first
Popular in book sales??? examine the message
Paul says… if he tried to please men, he cannot serve God.
Paul was not a politician, he is an ambassador!!!
So are we who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ alone
Our home is not this world
Our message is not our own
Church beware of the wolves who come in with destructive message, don’t be fooled by the messenger, and please… as God’s sheep do not get sucked into the dangerous temptation to be sheep who put on wolves clothing!