Flee Heresy Whatever You Do! | Galatians 1:6-9

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Commentary: Paul is here attempting to deal with the Galatians in reproof for their instability of the Gospel teachings. This is important to understand these truths, for being well established in the Gospel brings great blessing, but those who teach a false gospel bring curses upon themselves. Think about this right now carefully… If you teach about the efficacious Gospel of Jesus Christ, you are going to be ministering about the marvelous grace that He bestows on each of us that allows us utter enjoyment already: justification, sanctification, peace, pardon, atonement, wisdom, joy, love, strength, comfort, and did we mention grace? Why would somebody want anything more than the marvelous riches from Jesus Christ? Those truly called by grace would not end up in perversion of heretics and false gospel preachers.

There are heretics and false teachers that seek to pervert the Gospel of Jesus Christ by distributing their own ideas about Christ Jesus, such as the following “gospels”: prosperity, new age, permissive grace, social justice, sexual preference, interfaith dialogue, suffer for success, poverty gospel, God is love only, therapeutic, formalist, moralist, socialist, communist, activist, churchless, judgmentless, mimeses, social-club, fraternity/sorority, mystic, quietist, and cults (such as Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Roman & Russian Catholicism). Keep in mind these are all false gospels, as we think in the Church today, since those movements typify what the Bible says about discerning false doctrine, false gospels, false teachers, false prophets, etc. The movement of these things outside of the church that does not involve the church at all is a separate matter (such as fraternity and sorority, or activism can be a different matter).

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Such false teachers and false Bibles, and other heretics would be a very large list that is quite exhaustive. While not necessary to list them here, it is necessary for you to be careful as a believer, especially as you instruct your fellow brethren.

Those who preach unbiblical things are cursed because of their heresy, which means they are to be excommunicated from the Church itself. The message of Jesus Christ is to be Salvation for the nations. We must not let false teachers and heretics in, but we must be aware that they are around to try to reel people in to their influence to siphon life, money, or time from good spiritual people.

Archaeological and historical notes: In 1:8 above, accursed refers to the Greek word “anathema”, which involved a temple dedication ceremony involving a vow to a god, usually a false or heretical doctrine is used as tribute, such as a monetary gain. Eternal curse awaits those who do such things (who are not truly saved by Jesus Christ). Those who are truly saved may expect to receive some form of discipline from God, because those who are teachers are held strictly under God’s Dominion. If you are unaware of the scrutiny that could come resulting from your lack of attention to detail in your teaching or preaching the Gospel, you should avoid teaching and preaching (James 3:1).

Preaching the Word | 2 Timothy 4:2-5

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

Commentary: Paul instructs Timothy in this letter, which could help those who aspire to teach their fellow brethren, to preach the Word, as in to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are urged to preach at any time and any place when necessary. If at a moment’s notice you need to preach, you must stand and do it boldly as the Lord summons you, and with all endurance to do it well enough.

We are in times when sound doctrine is not easily tolerated, which means that people do not want to hear the hard truth the Gospel contains; rather, they want to live according to their own lusts and will only listen to people who cater to their inner desires. The truth about our Lord that breathes fire into the pit of our soul is what we must earnestly yearn for – what we most need in this turbulent world. Show the Lord how well you can preach the Gospel by your humility, and endure through it because it is surely rewarding.

Be wary of heretical and false doctrine, especially in our contemporary age where progressive, liberal, and new age agendas are being pushed as the Will of God, and that God is being used as a device to spread the progressive agenda to the nations. Some of them are able to preach about Jesus Christ for their own gain; however, they are potentially unsaved. Be watchful, and do not be easily deceived or partake gullible doctrine.

4:2 gives the following instructions, which are defined as follows:

  • Reprove: To charge someone with a fault, or criticize them for something wrong or incorrect they have said, believed, or done. Reprove has more to do with errors and heresies.
  • Rebuke: Similar in meaning to reprove, but can also mean to check, restrain, or discipline as in correcting someone. For example, if someone has done something incorrect, you can reprove them by criticism, and rebuke them by correcting them with the correct fact/opinion. Rebuke is more associated with helping someone understand their sin or what they are doing is incorrect.
  • Exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine: To encourage, advise, or warn someone, and to do it with endurance or patience (not quitting easily), and with doctrine (as in, what you are stating is to teach them what is true based on what the Bible says and nothing heretical or false about it). Christians should exhort each other in love, to do good works, to hold fast to our faith, to persevere in faith and holiness, or comforting them as a minister of the Gospel of Christ. Preaching peace, pardoning, righteousness, and Salvation by Jesus Christ is assuredly a good thing when you detect someone needs to be exhorted.