Monday in the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time

Galatians 1:6-10

No Other Gospel

The Christian faith is not politically-correct and astonishingly so by today’s standards.  Indeed, it doesn’t even try to be.  It makes claims that are ruled immediately out of order in any of our nation’s dominant institutions: education, business, entertainment, government, and any number of faux churches that dot our land.  The Christian faith says things like: 1) Jesus is the only way to salvation (John 14:6); 2) There is such a thing as sin; 3) Sex outside of one man and one woman in the covenant of marriage is immoral; 4) There is a hell and many will be found there; and finally, 5) There is only ONE gospel and none other.  And this list is composed of just a few exclusive non-negotiable and offensive claims that the Christian faith unapologetically makes.  Indeed, the Christian faith is so offensive that many churches which have ceased to be churches are ashamed of these claims and essentially say that the Bible really doesn’t mean what it says and must be reinterpreted according to modern understandings.

Paul here speaks of “a different gospel” which really isn’t a gospel since there is no other.  It seems from the letter that some Jewish Christians from outside the church were telling their Gentile Christian brethren that they had to be circumcised and keep other ceremonial laws of Moses to be saved.  (These are called Judaizers.)  And Paul came unglued.  Christians were liberated from such law-keeping to walk by the Spirit, and no one had experienced this liberation more than himself—the former church persecuting Pharisee and uber Mosaic law keeper.  And so he takes these churches to task for “deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ.”

What a statement: Deserting the Lord!  And yet to preach a gospel other than the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is to desert the only gospel whereby God saves men from damnation.  We have other gospels today but they are naturally different from those of Paul’s day.  Whereas legalism was the problem then, antinomianism (anti-law) is the problem now.  And so in an effort to make the gospel more appealing, it is treated as if it were a patient needing medical care in which cancerous parts (e.g., the items I listed above) are surgically removed and replaced with the prosthetics of diversity, tolerance, feminism, and then sprinkled with the pixie dust of “love” which means “don’t judge but affirm me regardless what I do with my body or in bed.”  This doesn’t even amount to a false gospel but is an anti-gospel as it leaves people enslaved to their passions and desires.  The Christian faith is what it is.  Better to walk away than change it.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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