What happens if you preach a false gospel? (v6)
- God is deserted (1:6). Departure from the gospel is to depart from God himself. This is why it really matters. Adopting a different gospel means we've adopted a relationship with a god who isn't there, who doesn't exist. By contrast, the gospel brings us to God.
- The gospel is distorted (1:7). False gospels effect the gospel, they distort God's message of good news and replace it with a non-gospel, a message that isn't good news.
- The preacher is damned (1:8). Those who preach false gospels commit a grievous crime but more than that we always preach what we believe, so to preach a false gospel is to believe such a false gospel which takes us away from God. Without belief in this gospel there is no deliverance since no-one has given themselves for our sins, we remain under wrath - condemned. By contrast the true gospel preacher knows God's favour.
- The church is disturbed (1:7). The false gospellers trouble the church, it is upset and blown around by the erroneous message. By contrast the true gospel gives the church solidity, substance and maturity.
- The world is delighted (1:10). People are pleased by false gospels. That a message is popular proves nothing either way but part of the trouble of false gospels is that they do tell people what they'd like to hear, whereas the true gospel is offensive, provoking persecution and mockery. That said, the gospel can be expected to bear fruit as it did in Galatia.