Galatians 1:6-9 Destroy the Accursed

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.

James Boice has written:

The vehemence with which Paul denounces those who teach another Gospel (literally he says, ‘Let them be damned’) has bothered some commentators as well as other readers of the letter. But this shows how little the Gospel of God’s grace is understood and appreciated and how little many Christians are concerned for the advance of Biblical Truth. The word translated “eternally condemned” (anathema) is related to the Hebrew word, herem and is used of that which is devoted to God, usually for destruction. In Spiritual terms it means damnation. We must not think however, in speaking in this way Paul is merely giving vent to an intemperate outburst or even merely to partially justified anger. For one thing, he is impartial in expressing his judgment. He has not named names. He has even included himself in the ban, should he do otherwise in his preaching than he has done thus far. Moreover he is universal in his judgment. His words include “anybody” who should so teach (vs. 9). How can it be otherwise? If the Gospel Paul preaches is true, then both the glory of Jesus Christ and the salvation of men are at stake. If men can be saved by works, Christ has died in vain (Gal 2:21); the cross is emptied of meaning. If men are taught a false Gospel, they are being led from the one thing that can save them and are being turned to destruction (cf. Matt 18:6).

This week identify any false teachers that you may be reading or listening to, repent and destroy the accursed thing!

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