Galatians 1: (6) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel (7) which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
In Galatians chapter one Paul goes off on the churches in the region of Galatia. His aggravation comes from them abandoning the Gospel of Christ, found in Christ by grace through faith, for “other gospels”. This “other gospel” was a gospel preached by the Judaizers. The Judaizers wanted strict observation of the old covenant law to be held by the gentile believers that had been converted by Paul’s preaching. Now, the churches of Galatia had apparently listened to the Judaizers and abandoned the Gospel they had first heard and started to observe things like dietary laws and circumcision. While the church today would likely laugh at the idea of circumcision being a requirement for salvation, there are plenty of other gospels we have adopted that aren’t the Gospel of Christ.
The first one is the gospel of good deeds. The gospel of good deeds teaches that if you do the right things then you’re saved. In fact, the more of the right things you do the “more saved” you are. This “other gospel” is rife within the church. We have abandoned the Gospel of Christ for this lesser gospel. It appears good, because it asks us to do the things that we know we should (i.e. attend church, volunteer, pray, pay tithe and read our Bibles). However, it places the salvific work on the deeds instead of the Gospel that changes our hearts to be able to do those deeds. If we are not careful we become just like the religious leaders Jesus speaks to in Matthew 23:25-29. They were clean on the outside, but dead on the inside. If you find yourself relying on your good deeds for your salvation, it’s time to change.
It’s not your church attendance, Bible memorization, or paying tithe that saves you. You are saved not by your good deeds, but by your Jesus! Hold fast to Him.
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