Topic: The Perverted Gospel [November 19, 2016]
Text: Galatians 1:1-10
Key Verse: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel" (Galatians 1:6).
Anything very valuable will be counterfeited. Fake gems and currencies have been around for thousands of years, but as the technologies for making them become advanced, fakes are harder to detect with the naked eye than before. Gem- testing labs and currency verifying equipments are now recommended by experts to verify their value.
From our text, Paul, having introduced himself as an Apostle of Christ after the express will of God, went straight to the main subject of this epistle - the negative influence of the perverted gospel. He wondered why the Galatians easily fell into the error of Judaism after the true gospel has been so evidently set before them. He called the error being sold to them by Jewish Judaism teachers "another gospel"; that is, a different kind and quality to the one already preached. It was indeed a gospel that lacked the essential ingredients to bring about the salvation of souls; it was a damnable heresy. It is no longer news for the possibility of the gospel of Christ to be perverted, as seen from examples in the Scriptures and the starring evident events in our days.
The gospel is perverted when a deliberate attempt is made to either add to it or give it a different interpretation. It is perverted when certain emphasis are suppressed or deleted to suit the carnal demands of the sinful nature. One of the predicted characteristics of the last days is the emergence of false preachers and teachers. A close look at the fruits or results of their ministry will convince you that their message is erroneous. Sin dominates the lives The Bible of both the preachers and hearers of the perverted gospel and the end result is eternal separation from God.
Thought for the day: The devil can make the counterfeit look real
Bible Reading in one Year: Ezekiel 29-31
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.