STAND FIRM

Galatians 1:6-9,  July 20, 2003

 

Introduction:  Keeping promises is a rare commodity in today’s society, yet it is a virtue many still respect and honor when they see one.  When a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, he/she makes a promise with the eternal God to be His disciple the rest of his/her life.

 

1)      The meaning of DERSERTION. (1:6)

                 Deserting here in the bible is a military term that referring to a soldier deserts his assigned position in the battle field.  When a Christian desert his assigned position from His Lord, he is in direct violation of the order he received.  We are all in the army of God fighting a spiritual battle to win souls to Christ. Any desertion by any Christian is a setback in the whole battle plans of God.  There is no such thing as MY FREEDOM to choose if I want to keep the promise.  We are purchased by the blood of Jesus, and we should not live by our own rules.

 

2)      The true OBJECT of desertion. (1:6b)

            When a Christian deserts his/her rightful position, abandoning his/her duties, he/she is do deserting a church, a person or group of people, he/she is deserting the ONE who has called him, GOD Himself and therefore it is a very serious matter.  When one deserts GOD, runs his life by himself, he is taking the risks of running into traps of Satan and many troubles.  Just read the story of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-24, and you can see the danger of running away from God.

 

3)      Reasons of deserting the Gospel:

a)      Some turn away from the gospel because of worldly attractions/temptations. They choose to pursuit the world instead of God and His kingdom

b)      Others left God and the church because their life style does not match with the teaching of God’s word.

c)      Still others who abandoned God and His truth  because they have itchy ears wanting to try new thing/teachings which Paul says that is NOT gospel, and any one who deceives people is accursed.

d)      Still some people couldn’t believe in the simple fact that no man could save himself by his own works.  They feel that    salvation by faith is TOO easy. Many religions teach salvation by works, but the Bible says it clearly that: “we are saved by grace, and NOT by works that no one could boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

4)      Consequences of deserting the gospel of God.

Twice Paul used the strong word ACCURSED to condemn those who bring the false gospel to deceive people because the false gospel is NOT gospel. It is false teaching of men which could only lead people away from the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Anyone who abandons the gospel of God, turn away from his assigned position to serve HIM is hurting the plans of God for the salvation of men, and is therefore accursed.