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THE PROBLEM AT GALATIA - Tom Durst — LiveJournal
Sharing from my Spiritual Journey

The book of Galatians was written to address the problem of Jewish converts trying to impose the Law of Moses on Gentile converts who had no background in Judaism.  These Judaizers were essentially saying that the gospel of Jesus Christ was sort of like a beginning point but to be a full Christian the Law of Moses (or at least parts of it) must be observed.  So it was "the gospel PLUS the Law.”  Paul used the strongest possible words and said that such a gospel of “PLUS something” was really NO gospel at all but “another gospel” or totally false gospel.  The Galatian problem is still very much with us today and has caused no end of alienation of people from not only organized churches but often from Christianity altogether.  The reasoning runs something like this, “We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ but now for you to be fully mature you must DO (or observe). . . .”   The list often includes some very good things and varies considerably according to the denomination or preferences of the pastor.  Sincere people often turn away with disgust from all of the “rules and regulations” and give up on fellowship and sometimes on faith.  Over my 65 years of church attendance I’ve seen this happen over and over again.  So many people have been trampled under foot by all of the many things that are added to the simple gospel of Jesus Christ.  We haven’t taken Paul nearly as seriously as we should when he said, "For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”—1 Corinthians 2:2 ESV.  I encourage you to once again give Paul’s message to the Galatians your prayerful consideration.

"What is the grace of God? Simply put, the grace of God is God blessing, healing and delivering you because of Jesus. The grace of God is His unearned, unmerited and undeserved favor toward you simply because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross.”—Joseph Prince

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