Is the gospel you are hearing each week a distorted Gospel? The people who are ministered to by our counseling, coaching, events and resources come to eventually realize that this is often the foundation of their struggles. This is a BIG DEAL today as it was in the Apostle Paul’s day. He wrote this to the churches in the area of Galatia (modern day Turkey). “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-7) I want you to notice the four “d” words: deserting, different, disturbing and distort.
When you read the remainder of this letter, what jumps out like a snake uncoiling from a dirt path is that they were hearing a distorted gospel from other teachers. This distorted gospel was a mixture of law and grace, promoting the idea that God will accept you completely if you believe in Jesus Christ and obey the 10 Commandments and other Old Covenant laws. This is, unfortunately, taught in many places every week. When people begin to grasp the gospel of grace through our ministry at GLI, most often they have two responses. “Why hasn’t someone taught me this before?” and “I now realize when I’m hearing a mixture of law and grace.”
A distorted gospel is a “different gospel.” In other words, it’s not really the pure gospel of grace which frees us from sin’s power, the law, fleshly effort and a dead identity. Do you know what this kind of gospel, which is really not the gospel, does to us? It causes us to turn away from our Father and his love to a caricature of him that actually describes our former father, Satan. This father is demanding, impossible to please, unapproachable, judgmental and unloving.
That’s why this gospel also disturbs us. We live insecure, not able to enjoy our Father’s love which is always in us in Christ. We live tired, unable to rest from trying to make sure we obey God for all of the wrong reasons, such as, trying to get him to bless us and love us more. In other words, we don’t have peace because we believe God is just putting up with us more than pouring out his love within us. That’s why I lived so depressed as a pastor and Christian for over a decade!
Are you hearing a different, distorted gospel each week that is disturbing you by unwittingly causing you to desert your loving heavenly Father? Recognize it and repent! To repent means to change your mind from these lies back to the truth of the gospel of grace. No wonder many of the New Testament letters start with “grace and peace.” There is no peace unless we believe in and live by grace alone in Christ Jesus! (Click here to check out our Resources which will help you understand and live by his grace.)