Galatians 1:6-9

Let them be Accursed !!!!


Paul is writing to Christians in the region of Galatia who thru the influence of False teachers were in danger of turning from the truth

A)In our study last time we saw Paul’s first reaction: Which was one of UTTER ASTONISHMENT : I Marvel ………


B) Turning not just from an idea – but from Him & From His Grace

1)   Him who called you INTO  the grace –


C) We talked about how when we are born again: We are brought into the Grace of God: Enveloped by God’s Grace : So Refreshing!!!!!

1)   Nestea Plunge -  


It is important that we get a grip on grace – if we don’t we will consistently feel that we need to earn God’s favor & Blessing

A)We need to try to be good enough so that God is not angry with me anymore !!!


B) If you don’t understand grace you will spend your life on the Performance treadmill of good works – sweating trying to be good enough

1)   Your guilt will wear you down & leave you feeling exhausted / broken and unmendable


C) “ Man is Born Broken – he lives by mending and the grace of God is the Glue”

1)   We all need lot of Glue and that is what the grace of God is !!!


D) So we talked last time about how incredible God’s grace is and Then we answered the question: If God’s grace is so amazing –

1) How can someone reject it or turn away from it ?   { Tape}


E) As we continue today we want to look at Paul’s 2nd Reaction – He moves from Astonishment to Righteous ANGER !!  Rd v. 6-9


Now I want us to consider today- Why Paul is so Angered by these false teachers & His Pronouncement on  false teachers

A)1st Why is Paul so Angered……………….. ? 3 Reasons


B) REASON #1 – The gospel that the Judiazers preached was an illegitimate Gospel -   Gal 1:6-7

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another;


C) The Word another in v.7 is of a different Kind – { Paul’s point is that it is not a gospel at all!!!!

1)   The word Gospel = Good news


One of the best gospel verses in all of the Bible is One we all know

 John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


                 John 3:16 Broken down

    God                           the greatest Giver

   so loved                     the greatest motive

   the world                   the greatest need

   that He gave              the greatest act

   His only Son              the greatest gift

   that whosoever          the greatest invitation

   believes in Him          the greatest opportunity

   should not perish       the greatest deliverance

   but have eternal life   the greatest joy


A)That is the gospel – It is Good news Salvation is Possible{ Consider a few other verses       2 Cor 5:21

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


A sin less Jesus became sin filled so that sin filled people could be sin free

Isa 53:5-6

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.


John 1:29

"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

A)Now did Jesus take away your sins ? Yes – Then why are so many

Christians still trying to make themselves better before God 


Acts 13:38-39

38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things


B) Adulterer: But you have come to Christ – FORGIVEN – Justified



C) Robbed people ? Forgiven

1) You are a Mean & ugly person – Come to Christ and be forgiven !!!


1 John 1:7 - the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.


John 5:24"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.


D) GREAT NEWS !!!!!  - That is the gospel it is the Good news of What God did – He gets the glory for doing it – the emphasis is on God:



Eph 2:8-9

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

A)The Emphasis is on the work that God did & our Response is FAITH –


B) Now any message that takes from or adds to the work of Christ is not GOODNEWS – Because it Places the Emphasis on Man


C) If you've studied world religions you can identify hundreds, if not thousands, of false gospels.

1)   But I suggest there're really only two messages  -One is the picture of the   hand of man reaching upwards, trying to reach God


D) The other is that of the hand of God reaching downwards. towards man


E)All the religions except one, can be summarized as man's attempts to please God. They emphasize keeping rules, or performing rituals.

1)But Christianity is God's hand to man! God is reaching down through Christ - doing for us, what we could never do for ourselves.


Now lets consider some examples – 3 Popular religions in the world today – Notice how they follow this pattern



B)Goal:  Liberation from the karma that has kept one in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Final “salvation” is to be absorbed into union with the universe. Hindus believe that the universe is the ultimate god named Brahman


C) How the Goal is obtained: By following one of three different paths:

1. Way of Works:

2. Way of Devotion:

This is the most popular way. In this way the Person focuses on obtaining the mercy and help of one of Hindus 330 million gods in finding liberation.

3. Way of Knowledge : (obtained through deep meditation and yoga)


A)Goal: To eliminate all desires or cravings, and in this way obtain nirvana, which will allow them to finally escape the cycle of reincarnation & suffering


B)How goal is obtained: By following the “Eightfold Path” which requires having a right

1.Understanding 2. Thought 3. Speech 4. Action  5. Livelihood

6. Right Effort   7. Mindfulness     8.Concentration


3rd ISLAM:



B)How obtained: Adherence to the 5 pillars of Islam:

1. Confession (belief in Allah & his prophet Muhammad)

2. Prayer

3. Giving

4. Fasting

5. Pilgrimage to Mecca


C) Now in all three of these Popular religions the emphasis is on what man does to achieve the goal

1)   All three deny the Deity of Christ


D) Can’t there be an alternative: Many roads ? If that were the case then why did Jesus have to die ? Why did God have to give his only son

1)   What do we do about Jesus statement in Jn 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 


E)Absolute Statement:  See You can’t have it both ways:

1)   Although many people in these religions are sincere – they are great people { Sincerely wrong – their eternities are in jeopardy because the truth is available  { Analogy – Dominic w/ Helen – Driving }


F) That is what incensed Paul the most – MENS SOULS WERE AT STAKE HERE !!!!

So first of all Paul is angered because the message the Judiazers were preaching was not a gospel at all – Not Good news !!! My performance

A)Reason #2 for Paul’s anger is the effect that it was having on the People

                              THEY TROUBLE YOU!!!


B) The word Trouble means to shake or agitate – It speaks of a deep emotional disturbance and refers to an unsettled mind.

1)   It is the word used of Herod when he heard about the birth of the King of the Jews (Matt 2:3),

2)   of the disciples when they saw Jesus walking on the water


C) They were freaked out / they were unsettled in their minds


D)Satan disturbs the Church as much by error as by evil. When he cannot entice Christian people into sin he seeks to deceive them with false doctrine 


Now Satan's primary target for false teaching is the doctrine of salvation,

A)Because if people are confused about that they have no way of coming to God in the first place and thus remain under Satan's influence and control.


B)I believe Satan distorts God's truth in one of three ways: he either twists it, subtracts from it, or adds to it. Sometimes he does all three.


C) Satan can twist the interpretation of a verse. A verse is used to say what it was never intended to say.

1) Hence the adage,  "A text out of context always becomes a pretext".


D) Satan also subtracts from the truth. He dilutes its meaning.

Tozer once said, "Some have so watered down the Gospel that if it were a medicine it could not cure us, and if it were a poison it would not harm us."


E)And at times Satan adds to the truth. This was the strategy that infiltrated the church at Galatia.

1) The false teachers, or "Judaizers", agreed salvation was by grace through faith, but... they wanted to add to the finished work of Christ.

Now any time that you add to the FINISHED work of Christ You Pervert the gospel  which is the 3rd reason why Paul was Angered v.7

A)The Word Pervert means to Reverse it


B) To make men’s works necessary to salvation even as a supplement to the work of Christ is derogatory to Christ finished work

1) It is to imply that Christ work on the Cross was some how Unsatisfactory and men need to add to it or improve upon it –


C) That is an Insult and a perversion of the GOSPEL


Now again not wanting to be mean – But pointing out error

A)I want us to quickly consider two religions who claim to be Christian but who have added to the work of Christ



Goal: Heaven & godhood 


How obtained: Teaches that all mankind is resurrected by grace but exalted to different levels of heaven and even eventual godhood by works,

When Mormons talk about salvation by grace, they’re referring to what they themselves call” general salvation.”

 By this, Mormons mean that everybody is going to be resurrected, after which they will be judged according to their works.

In other words, everybody gets an entrance pass to God’s courtroom, but once inside, they’re on their own! This, of course, adds up to nothing more than salvation by works.


Another kind of salvation recognized by Mormons is what’s called “individual” or “full salvation.” This type of salvation is available only to Mormons who have steadfastly obeyed the laws and ordinances of the Mormon church.


B) So Mormonism also has a works based theology for Salvation / Plus they deny the Biblical view of The deity of Christ


Goal Eternal life on earth for those who were not part of the 144,000 people who made it into heaven before 1935


How Obtained: Taking in knowledge about God, living a life of good works in obedience to  God’s will including doing service for God’s kingdom, i.e. going door to door distributing Watchtower and Awake magazines


A problem that both Mormonism & Jehovah Witnesses face is that they add to the work of Christ & the message of the gospel

Prov 30:5-6

5 Every word of God is pure;

He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

6 Do not add to His words,

Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.


Rev 22:18-19 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.


Now that is a heavy word there in Rev – which leads now to consider Paul’s pronouncement upon these false teachers in v. 8,9

[8] But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.


A)"Anathema", literally means, "damned to hell" - strong language, indeed!

1) And he repeats it in v.9 to make the message more emphatic... so that his readers understand – not just an emotional response


B) He is not just flying off the handle – not a spontaneous response of emotion preacher

1) But this was a well thought out response – This was a Divinely ordained reaction


C) Now notice that his Pronouncement is Universal in it’s scope: It rest upon any teacher – no exceptions –

1)  this is made clear by the phrase in v.9  if anyone preaches


D)It applies v.8 to an Angel / as well as to men /

1)   If Joseph Smith would have heeded – Paul’s warning from Gal 1 Mormonism would have never come into existence


E) He claims – The message was given to him by an Angel named Moronai

1) Lying – or Devil disguises himself as an Angel of light


So Paul is so Passionate about the Purity of the gospel that he even desires the curse to fall upon him should he be guilty of perverting it

A)v.8 even if we


B) Now someone at this moment might respond – Where is the Love here Paul ?

1) He asks for a “double curse” on people – people who spread a false gospel. 


C)He doesn’t just ask God to curse the message, but to curse the people who spread the message.  So, where is Paul’s love? 

1) Paul’s love is for souls that are in danger of hell.  If a gospel is false, , then it can’t save someone.


Think of a sinking ship, and the waters filled w/ people about to drown.  A)Two ships come to rescue people in danger, but one of the rescue ships carries a load of dynamite, and for some reason you know that that ship will explode before it reaches port, and everyone on it will be killed. 


B)The most loving thing you could do is help everyone to get on the right rescue ship!  Getting on the wrong rescue ship would seal your doom! 

1) Paul looks at this false gospel, this perverted gospel, and says, “That is a rescue ship about to sink!  It can’t save anyone!  I want to do everything right before God to warn people away from the wrong rescue ship!”

That is why Paul is so Passionate – Souls are at Stake – Paul is only reflecting God’s heart

A)This is why its vitally important for the pastor to feed God's people, God's Word.


B) We need to be firmly grounded in the truth of God's grace. For in order to recognize another Gospel we have to know the true Gospel.


Did you hear about the woman who bought a parrot to keep her company. She couldn't get it to talk. She went back to the pet store, and complained to the owner.

He said, "Does he have a mirror in his cage? Parrots love mirrors." So she bought a mirror, took it home, put it in his cage, but he still wouldn't talk.


She returned to the pet store, and complained again. This time the owner said, "Does your parrot have a ladder. Parrots love ladders. And a happy parrot is a talkative parrot." She tried a ladder, but not a peep from the parrot.

She went back a third time. The owner told her, "Try a swing. Parrots love swings. Get'm swinging, and he'll talk up a storm.” So she bought a swing.


Two days later she returned to the pet store. When the owner asked about the parrot the woman announced he was dead. The man was shocked.

He asked the woman, "did your parrot ever say a word?" The woman replied, "Yes, just before he died, in a very soft, faint, weak whisper, he asked me, 'Don't they sell any food at that pet store?"


C) So often churches think they need mirrors, ladders, and swings to entertain God's people - but what people really can't live without is the Word of God!



A wise, old pastor once advised a young apprentice, "Preach a full Gospel - Christ and nothing less. A plain Gospel - Christ and nothing more.

And a  pure Gospel - Christ and nothing else.” Good advice!


2 Tim 1:13-14

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.


A)Hold fast = to cling to as to not let go !!!!!


B) Pattern is used of an artist rough sketch or a writers outline which sets the guidelines for the finished work !!!!

1)   It is used of the architectural drawings that give the plan for how the building is to be built


C) To deviate from those plans could be deadly !!!!


D) Paul is telling the Galatians don’t deviate from the pattern – and those who present a new pattern let them be accursed !!!


What gives Paul the right to speak so authoritatively on these issues ?

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