The church in Galatia was challenged by a group of teachers who wanted to add to the meaning of the Gospel. It went something like this: “Yes Jesus died for your sins, but you need to do something more. You need to follow the Old Testament law, especially regarding the ritual of circumcision.”
“Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me.”Galatians 2:4-6
For those who were willing to compromise (read Galatians 2), it might have been only a small concession, a compromise. But Paul would have nothing to do with it because he realized that adding anything to the message of grace was an error and errors multiply.
Later in the book, Paul again challenged his readers when he said, “Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth? They (false teachers) make much of you, but for no good purpose” (Galatians 4:16-17a).
The Galatians were being drawn away from the truth of the Gospel. How? These new teachers were full of flattering words to tickle the ears, but the lasting impact of their false gospel was slavery not freedom.
Paul is passionate about the Gospel! Paul is perplexed…astonished…dumbfounded…taken aback…flabbergasted (Galatians 4:20),
Have you ever felt the hurt of someone falling prey to a lie? How could they be so gullible? deceived?
The question for each of us is – Am I willing to tell the truth even when it hurts?