there are some people: Galatians 1.6-10

I’m astonished that you are turning away so quickly from the one who called you by grace, and going after another gospel – not that it is another gospel, it’s just that there are some people stirring up trouble for you and wanting to pervert the gospel of the Messiah. But even if we – or an angel from heaven! – should announce a gospel other than the one we announced to you, let such a person be accursed. I said it before and I now say it again: if anyone offers you a gospel other than the one you received, let that person be accursed. Well now … does that sound as though I’m trying to make up to people – or to God? Or that I’m trying to curry favor with people? If I were still pleasing people, I wouldn’t be a slave of the Messiah. (Galatians 1.6-10 KNT)

There are some people who seem to walk and talk true Christian faith, but who – likely unwittingly even to themselves! – believe in and broker a way of faith that is antithetical to Christ.

There are some people who, though being quite pleasant, popular, and persuasive, are just plain wrong as to what they believe about God and his will for people.

There are some people who, though firmly convinced in their mind that they’re doing otherwise, consistently and effectively stir up trouble among believers, and all to the end of promoting a way of faith that does not have its roots in the mind of God nor accurately represents his good news.

There are some people who are so open-minded that their brains are at risk of falling out because they have no place in their understanding for absolute truth from God, God working his will in ways beyond their own understanding, or there being eternal consequences for their own beliefs and actions.

There are some people who will write off those who who love people with God’s truly good news because they think such people are merely people-pleasers who are either too full of themselves, too desirous of pleasing others, or too dangerously full of living out grace.

And so, I must be very, very careful and deliberate as to what I take into my head and heart to believe about God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ, God’s will, others, and myself.

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, deliver me from being gullible. Lead me to your true wisdom, whatever that wisdom calls me to forsake. And when you do reveal your good will to me, may I have sense enough to discern it for what it is and so embrace it that I never let go of you. Amen.

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