Verse By Verse Through Galatians (1:7)

7 which is not even a gospel. Evidently some people are troubling you and trying to distort the gospel of Christ. -Galatians 1:7 BSB

The phrase “some people are troubling you” refers to false teachers who twist what Jesus said, taught, and did to make it say something completely different. In this case, since it’s about the gospel—salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone and accepting His death and resurrection—is what Paul is saying that’s getting distorted (see Galatians 3:1-2).

The word “distort” means to change the message to say something else, corrupting it, which the reader can no longer get the true meaning.

Satan’s Three Steps To Deception

1 Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 influenced by the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. 3 They will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from certain foods that God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. -1 Timothy 4:1-3 BSB

There’s a three-step process that demons take in the hopes of killing for good one’s faith. The false teachers they use have to deconstruct the truth from your mind and replace it with theirs, or else, it won’t work. We will look at 1 Timothy 4, verses 1 through 3, to show the enemy’s three-step to deception.

Step Number 1(teachings of demons): Satan and his demons will come up with a false doctrine that closely resembles God’s Word so that it would be more palatable for Christians and non-Christians as if it’s a message from God.

Step Number 2 (hypocrisy of liars): To get their deceptive message out to people, they will handpick a pseudo-Christian, a false prophet or teacher, who is easily deceived. They are the ones who continue to be in bondage (i.e., morally defeated by the desires of the flesh). Some of the sins that these pseudo-Christians are shackled to are the love of money, sexual indulges and the support of others who do the same, fame which is to be loved by the world, to be praised by men, and many other things like it.

These false prophets have no problem having one foot in the Lord and the other in the world to satisfy their sinful cravings.

21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’ -Matthew 7:21-23 BSB

Step Number 3 (They will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from certain foods): Their false teachings entail an outward appearance of “righteousness” that will make them seem godly to others. It promotes abstinence from marriage to some clergymen or for others, to abstain from certain foods as a way for the demons to make them feel closer to God, but in reality, they are falling deeper into deceit. They will make you think that holiness comes from changing one’s outside appearance instead of the inside to reflect God’s morals.

There are many false teachers out there and if you are a Christian, you are a big target. You must take strong measures to protect yourself by seeking the Lord, knowing His Word, and staying in prayer. The closer you get to Jesus, the safer you will be.

Fitting The Right Pieces

9 Anyone who runs ahead without remaining in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever remains in His teaching has both the Father and the Son. -2 John 1:9 BSB

God’s Word is like the game “Perfection,” see picture above. The board game has many different shapes looking holes that only the right piece with the exact geometric shape can fit the hole of that same shape. Many false teachers twist and disfigure the meaning of the truth of Scripture to deceive, if possible, the Christians.

You see, when someone brings you a message from God or teaching, it’s like giving you a square piece, which you grab the square-looking shape, take it to the board that contains many holes with different shapes, and you start looking for the hole that would fit it. If you don’t even have a square hole, the message that was brought to you has to be completely rejected, for it is unbiblical. But, if you do find the right hole, but the piece is too big to fit in, then the message or teaching you are receiving is flawed with an incorrect interpretation that can steer you in the wrong direction.

To know all the shapes of the board game to accurately assess the piece you receive if it will fit or not, you must study the board and remember the shapes it contains. It’s the same with God’s Word. You have to read and study it to know what it says so that when you hear a spiritual message, you can accurately assess if it’s biblical or not.

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