Date: January 14, 2001
Series: Galatians: Called to be Free
Speaker: Steve Hixon
I'd Rather Fight
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"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by 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 him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: if anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!"
Background: What led to the writing of Galatians
What is the Gospel?
When men and women get their hands on religion, one of the first things they often do is turn it into an instrument for controlling others.|
Paul of Tarsus was doing his best to add yet another chapter to this dreary history when he was converted by Jesus to something radically different -- a free Life in God. Through Jesus, Paul learned that God was not an impersonal force to be used to make people behave in certain prescribed ways, but a personal Savior who set us free to live a free life."
Eugene Peterson, The Message