Expository Studies

Play Video
Play Video

Daily Encouragement

Play Video

February 4, 2012

Back to Basics

Part Five

Let Him Be Accursed!

Galatians 1:8-9, Page 1819

    Paul defended the doctrinal basis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ against all attacks by false teachers.  Evil men with evil motives attacked the Galatians, trying to teach them a new gospel, that was not really a gospel at all.  The Galatians were deserting Christ, by adopting this false gospel.  So many believers think that doctrine does not really matter.  In Galatians, Paul described the close link between the Gospel that saved you from sin by faith, and the same Gospel that keeps you safely in Christ, without doctrinal distortion, so that you are not disturbed.   If you find that you have been wandering away from close fellowship with Christ, or if you are disturbed in your faith, read with me today and consider whether you have been disturbed in your basic understanding of the Gospel.  Truth from God will always shape our lives in Christ, and the absence of that truth from God in our lives will always disturb every true believer.  So, today, we will study the danger of false teachers wearing sheep’s clothing, who come into the fellowship, spreading their false teachings.

Galatians 1:8, Page 1819

“But 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!”

      We or Angel from Heaven.   In Galatians 1:8, page 1819, Paul identified a problem I see among people all the time.  Most people I know, including many Christians, tend to believe what someone they trust told them, rather than rely upon reading the Bible to understand the truth of God.  You see, the truth of God stands independently of what men say, and the truth will always be the truth.  Remember that Jesus proclaimed: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6 page 1684).  Jesus personified truth, and He represented the truth of God in bodily form.  In John 14:6, page 1684, Jesus emphasized when it comes to salvation, He alone was and is the only true way of salvation.  He alone provided the way of salvation, but notice too that Jesus was telling us that He alone was the life of salvation.  We continue to live in the strength of our salvation for eternity, because we live with Jesus abiding within us for eternity.  Once He saves us, He keeps us in Him and He abides in us forever.  He lives in us and we are in Christ.  So, my point from the texts is that we should not think of the Gospel as something that only saved us, but it also continues to keep us close to Jesus for eternity.  The Gospel embodies the relationship we have we Jesus Christ everyday, not only as a Savior who died once and for all, but also the Savior who lives within us moment by moment, and who will come return to earth to reign.  So, in Galatians 1:8, Paul separates the messenger from the message.  If any messenger brings a different gospel, reject that messenger and his message.  Paul included himself in that warning.  Paul did not consider himself as the fount of knowledge and biblical doctrine.  He recognized that all his understanding of the Gospel came by means of direct revelation from Christ Jesus.  He was not imparting his own cleverly devised tales about Christ, but rather the truth of an eyewitness who had seen Christ after His resurrection (compare 2 Peter 1:16-21, page 1901).  So even if an angel from heaven comes to you with another Gospel, do not imagine even for a moment that angel had been sent by God.  Consider the claims of Joseph Smith, the founder of the cult of Mormonism.  According to the writings of Joseph Smith, the angel Moroni came to him first on September 21, 1823.  That angel told Joseph Smith about “golden plates” buried near his home in western New York in the United States of America.  Later, Mormons became confused about whether the angel appearing to Jospeh Smith was Moroni, or Nephi.  In either case, we see that Joseph Smith listened to an angel, and a cult completely opposed to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ began to distort the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Although like many cults, Mormons use language similar to Christianity, Mormons do not believe that Christ is divine, just like the God the Father.  Instead, they view Christ as created by the Father, just like the Father created satan, so that satan and Christ are brothers in that sense.  In contrast, the Bible teaches us that Christ was never created, but always has been God, without beginning or creation (John 1:1, page 1653, John 1:14, page 1654).  As fully God and fully man, Christ died on the cross, to forgive sins as only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:1-13, pages 1559-1560).

       Let Him Be Accursed.  In Galatians 1:8, page 1819, Paul used very stern language.  He describes the false teacher as one who should be “accursed” (” ἀνάθεμα“).   Paul used this same word in 1 Corinthians 16:22, page 1804, to describe anyone who does not love the Lord Jesus.  Paul did not distinguish ultimately between men or angels when he inveighed against everyone who preaches a false gospel.  Such angels and men must be accursed, and rejected by believers just as God rejected them and their evil teachings.

Galatians 1:9, Page 1819

“As 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.!”

        Let Him Be Accursed.  In Galatians 1:9, page 1819, Paul drove home his point again regarding false teachers.  No matter who comes, listen to the message of the preacher.  If that message does not match the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached by Paul, and received previously by the Galatians, that man must be accursed.  The message always trumps the messenger.  I frequently tell people at the beach that I do not care what your preacher said.  I do not care what your priest said.  I do not care what your church said.  I often add that I do not expect my friends to care about what I said.  The sole authority for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Bible itself.  It contains the revelation of Jesus Christ, and it is complete and without error of any kind in the original autographs.  As you read this study, do not focus upon my words, but consider the Bible verses we are reading.  My words should help you understand the Word of God.  Jesus must always be the focus of our study, and never the messenger.  If the messenger speaks a different Gospel, then that messenger, even me, must be accursed.  Paul warns us never to get caught up in the cult of personality, but look beyond the messenger to the message.  See if the doctrine comes from the Bible, or if it contradicts the Bible.  God will always help us know the truth when we rely upon Him and His word.

        So we learn more about false teachers who must be accursed today.

     ●  You must carefully examine the message of every preacher, and compare the message with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    ●   If any apostle, angel, or person comes to you with a gospel different from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, let that one be accursed.

     ●   Never imagine, even for moment, that every gospel leads people to heaven or promotes a better life among believers.   False teachers spread false doctrine among believers, and in local assemblies, to corrupt the life of believers, so that we are disturbed by the distorted gospel they peddle.   Paul repeated himself to warn us that a new or improved gospel is no gospel at all, but rather evil news trying to replace the good news.  Be very careful to see the message, and examine it carefully.  Listen carefully to the pastor, elder, teacher, and everyone else in your local assembly.  Examine the message they preach and teach and compare it with Scripture.

Application for Today


        As I walk through life today, by the power of Jesus Christ I intend to examine the message of people who talk with me about God.  No matter who they are, I will examine carefully what they say.   I will stay on guard against everyone who distorts the Gospel of Jesus Christ, knowing that God says they must be accursed.  Will you be examining the message of everyone today?

 Christ Assembly Basics 

Christ Assembly provides free access to various studies from the Bible, the Word of God. The studies in this website are not inspired, but God produced the Bible, consisting of sixty-nine books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament). The Holy Spirit inspired authors to produce original autographs of the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Those original authors wrote over the course of many centuries. They wrote divinely inspired words and every word was divinely inspired. The authors communicated in their own styles, and with their own vocabulary, but God breathed out every word of the final autographs. The words in the Bible really matter, and deserve careful study. 
As we study, we seek to love Jesus more because His word has instructed us so that we learn His ways. Eternal life consists in knowing God the Father, and Jesus Christ Whom God sent. As the eternal God of Glory, One with His Father, the Son of God took flesh and dwelt among us. Because of His death, He used His blood to purchase our redemption. He was raised for our justification. We now live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved us and gave Himself for us. By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit abides in every born-again believer and fills us with His presence and blessings. He leads us into all truth. Jesus is the truth, and the way, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Jesus, our Lord. 
We look forward to His imminent return to the clouds of earth, to snatch away the believers alive on earth, so that we may be forever with the Lord. When He returns to the clouds, He will bring with Him all those people in Christ who died before His return to the clouds. We encourage one another with the promises of God, Who makes our path grow brighter and brighter, until the full light of day shines forth. We love Jesus and look forward to seeing Him soon. After Jesus removes the believers from the earth, then a terrible period of seven years follows where God brings measured and precise judgments upon the people alive on earth. God cut those days of  Tribulation short, or no flesh would have been saved. Jesus will then return to earth, slay His enemies, and place His feet on the Mount of Olives where He ascended to heaven. He will then reign on earth for a thousand years, and believers will reign with Him. After the Millennial Reign of Christ, all unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment, and they will suffer according to their deeds done on earth. They will be cast into the Lake of Fire, a place of torment night and day for eternity, because they never received the free gift of salvation while alive on earth. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God. Today we invite you to come and see Jesus, and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart. Take His yoke upon you, for His burden is easy and His yoke is light. He will give you rest for your soul as you trust Him. We receive salvation only from Jesus, by faith alone in Jesus, Who gives us the free gift of eternal life. 
We accept the teaching of the Word of God. As born again believers, baptized by Jesus with the Holy Spirit, the anointing from God teaches us all things. We love to study the Word of God as we abide in Christ Jesus our Lord. God blesses all of us when we read His word, hear His word, and heed His word. We share original studies of the Word of God without cost and we do not receive donations. We support the finances of this ministry through private means, so that we are not a burden to anyone. We oppose charging people to read books, articles, journals or other studies of the Word of God. Such work should be supported by donations, but not in prescribed amounts and not as a requirement to gain access to what God has freely provided. What God has freely given, we should freely share. Just as Paul worked making tents, so we work to support this ministry. 

 Christ Assembly License

The author of all original material on this website retains all legal and equitable rights to the properties at issue. The author granted Christ Assembly a limited-use, revocable license to publish material on this website, while reserving all ownership rights to the original author. You may use any original material on this website to the glory of God, but you may not receive anything of value for such use. You may not receive any donations related to any original material on this website. All use of original material on this website is subject to the revocable, limited license above. You must conspicuously indicate on any use of the original material that it originated from ChristAssembly.org.  Any revocation of the license shall be posted on this website and all rights to use material may be revoked without prior notice. By copying and using any original material from this website, you consent to such license. Christ Assembly opposes any payment for access to studies, articles, journals, or other publications of studies concerning the Word of God. As God has freely given, so also the products of His grace should be freely shared.