If there is any value that is held up as an ultimate virtue in our culture today it is tolerance. When it comes to the gospel, what we learn in today’s text is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to teaching something other than the gospel. Check out what the scripture says:
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)
It doesn’t matter who changes it. The translation of “accursed” is the greek word transliterated “anathema”. It refers to committing someone to destruction in eternal hell. Kind of a big deal right? Paul says in effect, “I can’t change it. Even someone like an angel who seems supernatural can’t change it. The reason it is so serious is because it has eternal implications.” It does matter what we believe and teach because teaching the wrong thing could impact someone’s eternity.
Just so there is no confusion, God is willing that all should come to repentance. Even the false teacher has the opportunity on this side of eternity to repent and believe the gospel. Still, no one has the right to change the gospel.
We should have no tolerance for teaching that proclaims another gospel.