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3Another Gospel?(Gal. 1:6-7a) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all.
4Another Gospel?(Gal 1:8) But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
5Another Gospel?(Gal. 1:9) As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
6Another Gospel? Two Questions: What is this “different gospel”? Are we guilty of this sin?
7Another Gospel?What were the Galatians doing that was so incredibly wrong?Paul doesn't say until chapter 5!
8Another Gospel?(Gal. 5:2-3) Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.
9What about circumcision is so wrong? Another Gospel?What about circumcision is so wrong?(Gal 5:4) You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
10Another Gospel?(Gal. 2:15) “We … know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.”“the law” is actually “works of law”
11Another Gospel?(Gal 2:16) “So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”Again, there is no “the” before “law” in the Greek
12Another Gospel? And so, what is “law”? And why does seeking justification through “law” cost you your soul?
13Another Gospel?Notice that the Galatian heresy was seeking to be saved by law(Gal. 5:4) You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.The Galatian heresy is in seeking salvation in law, not in obeying or teaching law
14Another Gospel? Two theories: The Law of Moses Works of law, meaning, any works intended to merit salvation
15Another Gospel?Most Church of Christ commentaries support “law” as being the Law of MosesWhat would this mean regarding—Treating Sunday as the Christian Sabbath?Wearing Sunday “best” because Leviticus commands that we give our best to God?Circumcising our children?Do these practices damn?
16Another Gospel? So what's “law”? (Rom 2:12) All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
17Another Gospel?(Rom 2:14-15) (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
18Another Gospel?(Rom 3:22-24) This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
19Another Gospel?In other words, Gentiles are condemned because they fail to satisfy the law written on their hearts just as the Jews fail to satisfy the Law of MosesPlainly, “law” means God's commands, whether or not found in the Law of Moses
20The major evangelical commentaries all agree: Another Gospel?The major evangelical commentaries all agree:“law” refers to anything, other than faith in Jesus, that you count on for salvation
21Another Gospel?“It is impossible to receive Christ, thereby acknowledging that you cannot save yourself, and then receive circumcision, thereby claiming that you can. You have got to choose between a religion of law and a religion of grace, between Christ and circumcision. …
22Another Gospel?“You cannot add circumcision (or anything else, for that matter) to Christ as necessary for salvation, because Christ is sufficient for salvation in Himself. If you add anything to Christ, you lose Christ.”John R. W. Stott, The Message of Galatians,
23“Law” is the same as “works” Another Gospel?“Law” is the same as “works”(Gal 2:16 KJV) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
24“Another gospel” is seeking salvation through works rather than faith!
26This applies only to those in the church, of course. Another Gospel?(Rom 14:1) Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.This applies only to those in the church, of course.But if we in the church are disputing about a matter, how can it not be disputable?
27Another Gospel?(Rom 14:2-3) One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.
28Another Gospel?(Rom 14:5a) One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike.In Romans, Paul doesn't bother to say who is right on the sacred-day issue. Why not?
29Another Gospel?(Rom 14:4-5b) Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
30Another Gospel?(Rom 14:6) He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
31Another Gospel?(Rom 14:10) You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.
32(Rom 14:13a) Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Another Gospel?(Rom 14:13a) Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.
33Another Gospel? Notice this: The Romans were disputing about matters of doctrine! And Paul commanded them to stop passing judgment.This is so even though Paul gave the right position on eating meat (and even though he didn't bother stating the right position on sacred days)!
34Why were they commanded to “accept” those teaching falsely? Another Gospel?If Paul knew the right answer, why was it still wrong to pass judgment?Why were they commanded to “accept” those teaching falsely?Who among us is comfortable saying “Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind”?
35Another Gospel?(Rom 14:4) Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
36Grace applies to doctrine as well as conduct! Another Gospel?Grace applies to doctrine as well as conduct!Grace applies to disputable matters—which is anything we can dispute over and still be Christians!
37Another Gospel?(Rom 15:7) Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
38even if we disagree about something else Another Gospel?We are commanded to accept as fellow Christians all who remain true to what brought them salvation—even if we disagree about something else
39Another Gospel?Therefore, insisting on adherence to any doctrine, other than the gospel itself, as the ground of our salvation is a work and creates another gospelWe must accept one another based on the gospel and nothing else, because the gospel is how we were accepted
40Another Gospel?By “gospel” I mean those terms on which we were accepted at the beginning: Hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptizedGrace covers doctrinal sin as well as moral sin, so long as we remain true to the gospel
41Another Gospel?And insisting on adherence to more than the gospel as essential to salvation risks teaching another gospel!
42Another Gospel?H. A. (Buster) Dobbs, “Does Grace Guarantee Final Salvation?” The Firm Foundation (September 1996):“We are required to keep every specific of the law of Christ, if we receive spiritual blessings, which include forgiveness and the promise of eternal salvation. …“The grace of God guarantees our final salvation. This, of course, does not mean grace alone, but grace accessed by faith, which includes works of obedience.”
43Another Gospel?Paul says that if you add any law to the gospel as a condition to salvation, then you’ve made yourself accountable for every law as a condition to salvation, and thereby you’ve fallen from grace.
44Another Gospel?Being wrong and being lost are two very different things, and we sometimes get them confused. If being wrong damns, then there is no grace and Christ died for nothing.
45Another Gospel?Phil Sanders, The Christian Chronicle (Feb. 2006), 18-19:“I believe baptized believers in the Independent Christian Church are my brethren, since everyone who is scripturally born of water and the Spirit is a child of God …
46Another Gospel“Should those who worship with instruments forsake them, I would gladly seek some relationship with them.”How can they be our brothers and yet we refuse to seek some relationship with them?
47Another Gospel?This is the part where I hope I’m wrong
48you not only must hear, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized, Another Gospel?You see, in teaching that certain doctrines other than the gospel are essential to salvation, we’re effectively saying that to be saved,you not only must hear, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized,you must also join a congregation with a scriptural name, with a scriptural organization, and with a scriptural pattern of worship.
49Another Gospel?I fail to see how insisting on these rules as conditions to salvation is any different from insisting on circumcision as a condition to salvation.Either way, you’re insisting on obedience to a law in addition to the gospel.
50Another Gospel? The gospel is meant to take us away from legalism. The imposition of any rule as a requirement for salvation — even a single morally neutral rule — beyond the gospel is a return to legalism and damnation.
51Another Gospel?(Gal. 5:15)If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
52In several verses, he calls his readers “brothers.” Another Gospel?Fortunately, it’s not altogether clear that all you are taught this lie are damned.For example, in Gal 3:26-27, Paul declares that his readers are “all sons of God.”In several verses, he calls his readers “brothers.”
53Another Gospel? Perhaps the key verse is Gal 5:10— “I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.”
54Another Gospel?I am not qualified to judge the fate of those among us who teach modern equivalents of circumcision, and less so to judge those who’ve been deceived by such teachers.
55Another Gospel?I only know that, having become aware of the problem, I must speak out and call for repentance—urgently— desperately. Out of love, not condemnation— out of concern for souls.
56There is only one gospel, and it won’t admit of any additions at all. Another Gospel?It is not enough to be less legalistic than the church down the road. It’s not enough to be less legalistic than you used to be.There is only one gospel, and it won’t admit of any additions at all.Nothing is required to be saved or to stay saved other than the gospel.
57Another Gospel?In Part II, this time tomorrow, we’ll further discuss the meaning the “gospel” and some possible objections to my understanding of Galatians
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61Yesterday, we considered Rom. 15:7— Another Gospel?Yesterday, we considered Rom. 15:7—“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
62When were we “accepted” at a point in time? Another Gospel?When were we “accepted” at a point in time?
63Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, Be baptized Another Gospel?Hear,Believe,Repent,Confess,Be baptized
64Another Gospel? Hear, believe, confess faith in Jesus as Son of God Turn away from sin and commit to serve Jesus
65Another Gospel? Accept Jesus as Son of God Accept Jesus as Lord and Galatians adds—Accept Jesus as Savior(rather than looking to your own works)
66To repent is to commit to love Another Gospel?To repent is to commit to love(Gal 5:6b) The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.(Gal 5:14) The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
67Relying on Jesus rather than our works is the basis for our hope. Another Gospel?Relying on Jesus rather than our works is the basis for our hope.Tit. 3:4-7
68We are saved when we accept Jesus— Another Gospel?We are saved when we accept Jesus—Son of God: faithLord: loveSavior: hope
69Gal. 5:6 Faith Love Only (which is how we hope!) Another Gospel?Gal. 5:6FaithLoveOnly(which is how we hope!)
70If this is how we are saved, then how are we lost? Another Gospel?If this is how we are saved, then how are we lost?
71Another Gospel?(1 John 4:2-3a) This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
72Another Gospel?(Heb 10:26-27) If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
73Another Gospel?(Gal 5:3-4) Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
74Another Gospel? How do you fall away? Lose your faith Lose your repentance orLose your reliance on JesusThat is, add reliance on self
75Stop believing Stop loving Stop hoping in Jesus Another Gospel?Stop believingStop lovingStop hoping in Jesus
76Another Gospel? This is the gospel: faith, hope, and love Jesus— the Son of God, Savior, and LordThe only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love
77This is how we are saved, and losing this is how we are lost Another Gospel?This is how we are saved,and losing this is how we are lost
78Another Gospel? Does this contradict our teaching about baptism? Paul says in Gal. 3:26-27 that all the Galatians had been “baptized into Christ.”Baptism is not a workBaptism is not something you do: it’s something you receive(it’s always in the passive voice)
79Another Gospel?Many have argued with us saying that our insistence on baptism contradicts Paul’s teaching on graceIt does notSadly, many of us have bought this argument and so denied the gospel believing that in so doing we were defending baptism
80Another Gospel? Does this mean we don’t have to do good works? Of course not(Eph 2:8-10) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.For we are God's workmanship,created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
81Another Gospel?Then why do good works if our salvation doesn’t depend on them?This question only makes sense if you start with a legal mindset
82Another Gospel?Why do I honor my parents even though I’m too old to spank?Why do I honor my wife even though I’m not afraid of being divorced?We have to see love, not as a response to a command, but as our new nature
83Another Gospel?Of course, love is commanded, but just as you only tell the immature to love their parents, you only need to tell immature Christians they are commanded to love JesusThe mature already love Jesus
84Another Gospel? Even our love is not entirely our own doing (Phil 2:13) …for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.(Rom 5:5) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
85Another Gospel? And so, our salvation works something like this— We accept JesusWe’re baptizedWe receive the SpiritGod changes our heartsOur repentance (love) maturesWe do good works because it is our new nature to do good works, because we are like Jesus
86Another Gospel?(Rom 8:5-6) Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace
87Another Gospel?If we aren’t lost for believing false doctrine, then why study the Bible?Again, you can’t start with a law- based mindset.
88Another Gospel?If you love Jesus and have truly repented, you will want to follow his teachings.Teachings don’t have to end with “or you’ll go to Hell!” to be obeyedMy wife honors me even when I don’t threaten to divorce her— and even though she knows dishonor won’t lead to a divorceIn fact, threatening divorce would destroy our relationship!
89Another Gospel?Therefore, we can believe in salvation by faith, without adding works, and still—Not deny baptismNot deny the importance of good worksNot teach licenseNot teach “once saved, always saved”
90Another Gospel?It is, therefore, just as dangerous to teach a works-based salvation as it is to deny faith in Jesus or to intentionally continue to sin
91Another Gospel? A works-based salvation also— Denies the joy of willing serviceForces devout believers to eitherlive in dread of their damnation or elsearrogantly suppose they have achieved perfect obedience (or a perfect doctrine and practice)
92Another Gospel? Arrogance damns. In the gospel, “there is no room for boasting.” Rom 3:27; 1 Cor 1:29-31; 2 Cor 10:17;Gal. 6:14; Eph 2:9
93Another Gospel?H. A. (Buster) Dobbs, “Does Grace Guarantee Final Salvation?” The Firm Foundation (September 1996):“We are required to keep every specific of the law of Christ, if we receive spiritual blessings, which include forgiveness and the promise of eternal salvation. …“The grace of God guarantees our final salvation. This, of course, does not mean grace alone, but grace accessed by faith, which includes works of obedience.”
94Another Gospel?Phil Sanders, The Christian Chronicle (Feb. 2006), 18-19:“I believe baptized believers in the Independent Christian Church are my brethren, since everyone who is scripturally born of water and the Spirit is a child of God …
95Another Gospel“Should those who worship with instruments forsake them, I would gladly seek some relationship with them. …“To cooperate with those who continue to act outside [God’s] will is to send a mixed message.”
96Another Gospel?We have become guilty of a new Gnosticism, believing we can earn our salvation only by having the right position on all the issues.We thus teach that, although our flesh is fallen and not perfectible, our minds are capable of perfect doctrinal knowledge
97Another Gospel?In reality, we need only understand the simple facts of the gospel.Indeed, just enough toHear the good news about Jesus,Believe the good news about JesusRepent by making Jesus LordConfess our faithBe baptized into JesusAnd accept Jesus as our Savior
98Another Gospel?And the relationship with Jesus this creates will keep us saved until the end— if we stay true to itIndeed, we have to rely on Jesus — and not ourselvesRather, we celebrate God’s gift by living lives of joyous service, working out the love poured into us
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