TEXT: Galatians 1:7

INTRO.: Paul’s work in Galatia; book; TEXT—read. “Pervert”: 1. To
turn to an improper use or purpose; misapply. 2. To distort the meaning
or intent of; misconstrue. 3. To turn from approved opinions or conduct,
lead astray.”
New King James Version footnote—”distort”.

I. The subject of faith is perverted
A. Faith is essential: Heb. 11:6; but where does it come from?
B. Not people’s opinions: Prov. 14:12, Jer. 10:23
C. Not worldly wisdom: 1 Cor. 1:21, 2:1-5
D. Not human doctrines: Matt. 15:7-9
E. But from the word of God: Rom. 10:17
II. The subject of baptism is perverted
A. Baptism is taught in the Bible: Mk. 16:15-16; how perverted?
B. Sprinkling instead of immersion: Rom. 6:3-4
C. Baptizing infants and babies: Acts 8:5-12
D. Baptism not essential to salvation: Acts 2:36-38
E. Different groups teach different baptisms, but Bible says only one:
Eph. 4:5–- immersion of believer for remission of sins
III. The subject of the church is perverted
A. Jesus promised to build His church: Matt. 16:18
B. Many different churches divided into different denominations: Jn.
C. Each church with a different head: Eph. 1:22-23
D. Church not all that important: Acts 20:28
E. But need to pay attention to what Bible says about church: Eph. 4:4,
IV. The subject of worship is perverted
A. Jesus wants us to worship: Jn. 4:23-24
B. Purpose of assembling is edification not entertainment: 1 Cor. 14:26,
Heb. 10:24-25
C. Congregational singing, not instrumental music: Col. 3:16
D. Collections on Sunday: 1 Cor. 16:1-2
E. Should follow early church: Acts 2:42

CONCL.: The only way to overcome a perverted gospel is to return to
the pure doctrine of Christ and to reject those who have done the
“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ
does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the
Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this
doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him [KJV—bid him
godspeed], for he who greets him [KJV—bids him godspeed] shares in his
evil deed” (2 John vs. 9-11)

By Wayne Walker

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