There are fewer things more annoying to me than to buy into an advertisement that I read about or see on TV, only to get the big letdown when the actual product arrives at my home. Advertisements have one goal: to sell their product. At all costs. I am reminded of advertisements like the one below:
Of course, these false advertisements eventually catch up with the companies who are putting them out there to peddle their products. Eventually, the proverbial cat is let out of the bag and the truth becomes known.
The same can be said for false teachers of the Gospel (and the Bible in general). Paul warns against the false teachings of the Gospel that obviously were running rampant in Galatia in the early first century church. Paul warns the Galatian church to not fall into the pitfalls of following these false teachers. There is only one true Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus. Paul writes of this Gospel as someone with conviction; one who 100% whole-heartedly believes it to be truth. He, after all, did have the experiences of his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus and a very immediate conversion from a persecutor to believer. The point I am trying to make here is that he gained this strong conviction despite the fact that he is writing his letters prior to any of the actual gospels we know in the Bible were written down. He is writing with this conviction based on his own experiences in his walk of faith and his relationship with Jesus.
My prayer is that we all are able to recognize a false teacher when we hear one, and that we aren’t led astray by their perversions of the one true Gospel. I also pray that we all have a faith and conviction as strong as that of Paul, because there is only one Gospel; that is Jesus. As Jesus said in John 14:6, he is “the way and the TRUTH and the life.”