- Galatians 1:6, 7 (NKJV)
The reason why Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia is because of an infiltration of false teaching.
The book of Acts gives a clearer picture of the issue (Acts 14:1, 2, 19). After the gospel is preached, others came along to disrupt what God has established. The Galatians are victims of false teaching and Paul desires to strengthen the brothers in truth.
Matthew Henry gives further insight into the problem in Galatia. I find his words informative.
“That which these false teachers chiefly aimed at was to draw them off from the truth as it is in Jesus, particularly in the great doctrine of justification, which they grossly perverted, by asserting the necessity of joining the observance of the law of Moses with faith in Christ in order to it: and, the better to accomplish this their design, they did all they could to lessen the character and reputation of the apostle, and to raise up their own on the ruins of his, representing him as one who, if he was to be owned as an apostle, yet was much inferior to others, and particularly who deserved not such a regard as Peter, James, and John, whose followers, it is likely, they pretended to be: and in both these attempts they had but too great success.” (Henry)
Truth matters. The only truth is God’s truth. We find God’s truth in Scripture. The role of churches even to this day is to proclaim God’s truth. When churches stray away from God’s truth, disaster is the consequence.
- Pastor Randy