Galatians 1:6-10 – “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 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! 9 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! 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” NASU
I have written and preached about ‘schisms and divisions’ in the Church. Many years ago the Holy Spirit instructed me to be less ‘exclusive’ and more ‘open’ to what others that I disagreed with had to say. That being said, I do not want to convey the idea that we should become so politically correct that we ‘tolerate’ tenets and doctrines that PERVERT the message of the Bible. Paul addressed that in this passage. He was so bold as to say that even if an angel preached something different that the Message of Christ he should be rejected.
In the context of this passage, we find that some were preaching a different gospel and a suggested a door to God other than Jesus, the Cross, and the sacrificial sacrifice for the sin of man. I have had some tell me that EVERYONE will go to heaven because a God of Love could send no one to hell. That is a PERVERSION of the truth of the Bible because it clearly and plainly declares that not all will enter that eternal abode we call heaven. All will not accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, which is the only access to the Father as declared by our Lord Himself and validated throughout Scripture.
Some have suggested that Jesus is not the only Savior and that no matter what supposed deity you believe in God will accept that just as He accepts Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. That is a PERVERSION of the Gospel and I will not silently sit by and hear it without response, especially to those that I have responsibility for. I am not seeking to please men or have favor with men. I want to please God. I like for people to like me but if it is a choice between declaring what God declares and having people like me I will have to endure being disliked and even hated because I would be demonstrating something other than love for my fellow man if I did anything less.
Jesus is the only Door to God! The Cross is the only acceptable sacrifice for the sin and condition of man. It is a straight gate, a narrow way and as the Bible declares few (in comparison to the billions who live and have lived) will find it. Do not turn from the Message of Jesus to some other supposed Savior that will lead to death not life.
May God be with you as you go through your day!