October 3, 2016
No Other Gospel
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. – Galatians 1:8
One day when I was about four years old, I fell asleep on my parents’ bed, one of my favorite spots in our little cabin by the peat moss swamp. It was probably my dad’s voice that woke me, but I was not ready for the furry object that flew through the air and landed on my body. Dad had tossed his fur hat through the air and onto the bed, but I did not know it was only a coonskin cap. It looked like a real animal to me! I screamed hysterically, fearful that I was being attacked by some wild beast. My dad felt badly and took me up in his arms and showed me how harmless the cap was. It just was not what it had appeared to be.
How often things are not what they appear! In our focus verse, Paul expressed amazement that people who had once embraced the true Gospel were later persuaded to follow a false doctrine. As they followed that false way, what appeared true to them was really not truth at all. Unfortunately, their mistake did not cause them alarm—just the opposite, it created a false sense of security. The deception of false teachings often makes people feel safe when they are not.
The world today offers many “gospels” that are not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those religions are manmade; some have a mystical being to worship, a list of rituals and rules to follow, or claim that salvation comes from within man himself. Such ideas occasionally appear good at first, perhaps encouraging honesty, responsibility, and other fine values. Yet, in speaking of Jesus, the Bible says, “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Thus, any gospel other than the Gospel of Christ is empty; it is not what it appears to be.
There is only one true Way, and we must be vigilant to make sure we are not deceived. Many have been tricked into following some man’s idea of an easier road to Heaven, but that does not have to happen. The grace of God appears to all men, and it can do a real work and keep us until we arrive in Heaven. Today, let us take time to thank God that we have been blessed to hear and receive the true Gospel. With grateful hearts, let us treasure this great gift.