Already Free (Part 12) by Christina Patterson

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Already Free (Part 12)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
Christina Patterson
Galatians 4:17

One of the major reasons Paul is writing this letter to the Galatians is that they have encountered false teachers who have told them their faith and God's grace is not enough for salvation. So far in our study we've learned how easy it is for any of us to fall into this thinking, and start trying to work for our salvation. So I want to take some time today and help you to be able to recognize false teaching because unfortunately, it's still very prevalent today.

The first thing that you'll recognize in any false teaching is that it leads you to become more dependent on the teacher and less dependent on Christ. It's very controlling and not freeing like the gospel of Jesus Christ is. In today's scripture, Paul shares with us about the false teachers that the Galatians have encountered:

“Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them.” Galatians 4:17 (NIV)

A false teacher will build you up, not to grow your relationship with the Lord, but to grow your loyalty to them. It's all about them and their ego and what they can get from you to build themselves up, not the Kingdom of God. So they will tell you what you want to hear, even if it does not align with God's truth. It will seem like they want to help and care about you because they are telling you all these good things. But true love does not tell you what you want to hear. True love tells you the truth. False teachers will lure you with flattery, and they will speak to the desire of your flesh more so than the things of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives all honor to Him and not our works.

Now this is where it gets tricky because false teaching will look really religious. As we see with the Galatians, they were told to do all these religious things in order to be ...

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