On Sunday on I preached on Galatians 1. I encourage you to listen to the heart of the Gospel message. I’ve included a small portion of my sermon below.
“Not many believers realize it but you can believe in Jesus, the cross, the resurrection, the ascension and be completely distorted in your understanding of the Gospel message.
Christ can sit on his beautiful throne in your heart only to find piles and piles of manure heaped upon it. It sounds horrific! It sounds grotesque, doesn’t it? And I’m sorry to use such a strong metaphor but it does communicate the seriousness of the issue.
We allow piles of manure to overcrowd the throne of Christ in our hearts by allowing other messages, ideas, subtle thoughts to ever creep into the Gospel message. Its not just diluting the Gospel message but its polluting the whole thing.
We open ourselves to messages of individualism, moralism, secularism, consumerism, and legalism. Though they are all cloaked differently, they all reek of the smell of the Law, where one adds to the Gospel message thus removing the sweet fragrance of grace. It becomes all about religion, not about a loving relationship.
Paul’s message to the Galatians is just as much of a message to us in the 21st century than when it was written sometime between A.D. 48-55. I wonder if Paul would be just as astonished with us today as he was with the people in Galatia. The question we must ask ourselves is: Have we quickly deserted “him who called us in the grace of Christ” by turning to a different gospel?