Galatians 1: 6-10
6I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
7which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!
9As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
10For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Paul discusses the perversion of the Gospel and explains what the Galatians have fallen into. In verse 7 he explains the craftiness of the devil’s lies. You see, it’s not that they were following something differently, but that they were following it the wrong way. It seems that some were sliding back into the thought process of doing good for salvation, not living under the grace of God through Christ.
Even angels from heaven have no authority to change the Truth of Christ and Him crucified and if they do they are cursed (remember, Satan is a fallen angel). This too must be kept in mind when speaking to others about Christ. We shouldn’t sugar coat things to appease man (as some Christian religions do today). Rather, we must claim the Word and speak it boldly.
By acknowledging the fact that it is not us who convert people to Christianity, then this may be easier to overcome. You see, we want to be able to welcome others into the kingdom, but it is not up to us. God wants us to just plant the seed, it’s up to him to water it (http://tiny.cc/planttheseed). I struggle with this myself when others ask questions. through prayer, however, I am reminded that it’s not up to me. A couple times I asked God to tell me what to say and He just shut me up, because the rest was up to Him.
We aren’t supposed to trick people into believing. We don’t have to, because God has it covered. We need to boldly defend the Word against perversion for Him, nothing or nobody else. As much as we want to give back or feel like we’ve earned God’s grace, we cannot earn it. Israel proved that over and over that it is impossible to live up to God’s standard. That is why he gave us a way out. The Way!
Who do you serve?