Galatians 2:18-19 NASB
For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.
Instead of living that faith in Christ was the highest and greatest thing we could do to please God and only thing we could do to be more acceptable to Him, Peter began to go back under the law of sin and death.
As Christians we must never try to rebuild what what we tore down when we believed the gospel. We tore down a corrupt system of blessings and favor based upon doing and striving to earn. We must not leave faith to go back to rebuild this system that leads to sin and death.
“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.” Gal. 1:10
Too many times ministers can be people pleasers from the pulpits. This leads to only compromise, spiritual immaturity or worse, false converts. The shepherd of the flock must have the interests of the sheep at hand, even at their own inconvenience or discomfort. When he sees danger ahead and begins to sharply and aggressively strike the sheep with his rod to get them to move away from the danger, he does so out of love.
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!” Galatians 1:8 AMP
It is very interesting the Paul would mention angels as ones who might preach a false gospel. The gospel message that Paul preached to the church at Galatia, the original one which he first delivered to them was the true gospel. He is saying if even I come and change the gospel and preach a different one, I am to be accursed. If an angel appears to you and preaches to you another gospel, he is a liar and should not be believed for one second. Below we will look at many false angelic preachers and how their messages differ from that of the scriptures.
It seems to me that modern Christianity is continuing to get away from the old rugged cross. We are so obsessed with being accepted by the world, that we will do anything possible to gain their approval. One of the ways the modern church has done this is by changing the core message of the gospel as found in the scriptures. (more…)