I live in the south and any good southerner will know, you can’t go too many days without some freshly brewed sweet tea. My wife, bless her heart, makes some delicious sweet iced tea. She knows just the right amount of sugar to add, but not so much that it will rot your teeth out. I don’t understand it though. She sometimes likes to dilute her tea with a little water. I guess some batches are just too strong. Me? I don’t want my tea watered down.
Too bad we sometimes do that to the gospel as well. Some preachers over-sweeten it with promises God never made in order to make Christianity more palatable for people. On the other hand, we have those who water down the gospel, downplaying things like sin or the love and good works we should give others. It’s all done to pad the pews with more people and I’m sure God is absolutely disgusted by it.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel- which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.”
In this text, Paul had to chastise the Galatians for succumbing to what is all too prevalent today…false gospels. And he hands down a very harsh warning. Those who spread and believe in such lies will be eternally condemned. God has given us everything we need (2 Peter 1:3) and it would be unwise to alter it in any fashion. Watered down tea may be harmless. A watered down gospel can cost people their souls.