I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:6-7 NASB
Look at those 3 words in bold but in reverse order, from bottom to top:
People do not usually just desert Christ…it starts with some type of distortion, followed by a disturbance, then they desert (leave the fellowship & some times more, no longer follow Jesus.).
We read of Jesus, we hear about Him, we have way more tools & resources & information than those Paul was writing to in Galatia, however, the gospel of Jesus Christ is many times distorted by a Church going person’s actions.
This distorting may come through words but more often by actions.
When we see someone
living contrary to the way Jesus lived it distorts the whole concept of the Spirit of a Holy God actually being alive and well,
living in that person calling themselves a “Christian” (claiming to be like Christ).
The display of Jesus, reflection of God and characteristics of His Holy Spirit are preach by actions not just from a sermon behind a pulpit.
That contradictive behavior distorts the clear picture we find in the Bible and leads to disturbing people.
The Bible is where we find the tool & weapon to defend out faith. We see how, what, when, where why & who we should be like.
When we are disturbed we find it no longer pleasant to be in that environment.
What once brought comfort & peace we find disturbing and even unhealthy so we naturally desert that company of people and some, if not grounded, may even desert the whole way of life (gospel living).
IF WE HOLD FIRM TO WHAT WE KNOW TO BE TRUE WE MAY DESERT A CHURCH GATHERING BUT NOT DESERT CHRIST
Just as in Paul’s day we have some distorting the gospel just as Jewish law & Pharisees added a bunch of laws, putting conditions on God’s unconditional love, grace & mercy.
We find people trying to conform others to their ways rather then let Christ transform them to His way of life with the power & presence of His Holy Spirit (working from the inside out).
I see people being disturbed, unsettled & then unsettling others.
Our only hope is in Christ.
God is still in control.
My thought is,
Maybe God is allowing this disruption to the body of Christ (the Church) so that individuals will make the choice to develop a personal relationship with Him & no longer base their spiritual life on man made religion.
It all starts with 😕distortion, as if trying to 👂hear encouragement & 👀recieve some type of ministry thru the air waves on a 📡radio 📻and another station starts coming in.
We hear a little distortion fuzz…zzz….zzzz…fffff….zzzssszzz.
Then we hear
Then…. hhhhhhhuuu some
🔊foreign …….lamuzica…… language, followed . . . by
to … finalhhhhfffffffz-zzsssszzz
turn the knob
If we get😠 frustrated😡 (disturbed) enough we either find another transmitter📻 or we turn it off (desert it).〽📉
It’s been going on a for long time, distortion,
Jeremiah 23:36 NIV
36 But you must not mention ‘a message from the LORD’ again, because each one’s word becomes their own message. So you distort the words of the living God, the LORD Almighty, our God.
In Context Compare
2 Corinthians 4:2 NIV
2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
In Context Compare
2 Peter 3:16 NIV
16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
In Context Compare
Look at the rest of Paul’s writing:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one (Christ) who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all.
Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!
As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?
If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
(Directly from the source – The Holy Spirit of The Lord Jesus Christ)
For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.
I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
But when God, who “set me apart” from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me
so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
Galatians 1:3-16, 22-23 NIV
Paul realized there is 1 Christ, Savior, Master and to just go along with human beliefs and not listen to Him directly would lead him & others in the oposite direction.
Always, I say again, always, go back to the scriptures and letting Christ Spirit living in you.
If we find a few people not bearing the fruit, living proof, showing evidence of Him in their life we know those individuals are just not filled with His Spirit, however if the pastor & majority of the people making up the body of believers we gather with are dead & not productive, not producing the fruit of the Holy Spirit, it is time to meet with another group of believers.
It is hard to desert the Church you grew up in but better to desert before more distortion & disturbance takes place.
Notice Paul’s conserned is with people deserting Christ not deserting a Church building filled with so call Christians who are distorting how Christ’s ways really are.
Avoiding the disturbances of false teachers and you won’t be distributed and end up deserting Christ.
More than enough said,