Hello, the pastor preached in Galatians 4:12-20 which says,
“Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong.You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. What then has become of the blessing you felt? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth? They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.”
The pastor had six main points, and he talked about each one. This is something like what he said.
Does the Bible talk about helping spiritual error? Is your way the Bibles way of dealing with spiritual error? Christians are good at pointing out other people’s errors, ignoring our own. Mathew 7:3 talks about taking the plank out of our own eye, before dealing with the speck in others eye.
In dealing with spiritual error, it is important to address it with the right heart. Paul was looking at the Galatians, and calling them brothers. Proverbs 15:1 talks about how a soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger. Paul was approaching the Galatians with the right heart, he calls them his children. Paul had labored over the Galatians, and now he fears that he labored over them in vain, and that they weren’t born in Christ, and he hopes that they will be born again.
We should come to people with spiritual errors in love, and we should deal with heart issues. If you want to know when to correct spiritual error, then ask yourself, “Why? Why am I going to correct it? The Judaizers tried to make the Galatians just like the Jews, and Paul had been a Jew, so he was telling them, “I’ve been their, its empty. Don’t do that.” Paul understood them, the second point is that we should bring in our own testimonies. It is so much easier for them to learn to stop, when you tell them that you have gone through that too. That is why Paul was saying that he had been through that too. He had turned away from the Judaizers way to preach the gospel to them, and then they go to the thing that he had left behind, and he wants them to turn away.
Paul calls the Galatians to follow him as he follows Christ. If you are imitating Christ, and following Him, then it is perfectly fine to call others to imitate you, as you imitate Christ.
His third point was that it is encouraging to commend prior actions. It helps bring a relationship back, because of his 4th point, which is that it is wise to expect reproach when giving the truth. Why do we become an enemy when telling the truth? The gospel is not of this world. The devil hates the gospel. We need to expect back-lash.
His fifth point was that we need to deal with the heart issues. One would be making the sermon me-centered. We need to ask questions to see how to stop the heart issues. If we are gossiping, we need to ask why we are gossiping and put a stop to the reason why we are gossiping. If we are lying, we need to do the same thing.
You can tell that someone is a false teacher (this is a heart issue) by what he talks about. If he exalts you or himself, and he isn’t preaching the gospel, he is a false teacher. The gospel is what we should be all about.
The gospel is all about Jesus. The pastors 6th point was that we need to address spiritual error with the right motive. The right motive is that Christ would be in the person with spiritual error. Paul’s desire was not about himself, it was that Christ would be formed in the Galatians. We, in order to have Christ in us, need to trust that Jesus died on the cross for us, and rose again three days later. If we think that we’ll get into heaven because we’re good people, we don’t have Christ living in us. We should trust the gospel.
So, in dealing with spiritual error, we need #1 To address it with the right heart #2 share our testimonies. #3 commend prior actions. #4 expect reproach.#5 (this is for us) deal with heart issues. #6 posses the right motive, the gospel.