Gal 1:6-10 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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. 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. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
In verse four of this chapter, Paul reminds the church that one of the reasons Jesus gave Himself for us is to deliver us from this present evil world. It is true that there was a lot of persecution against those that trusted in Jesus Christ at the time or Paul’s writing. I realize there is still persecution of those who trust in Jesus in the world today. However, that does not seem to be the “evil” which has Paul’s attention at this time.
He goes right into telling them that he wonders that they were so quick (soon) to change sides (removed). They had evidently abandoned the good news (gospel) of the grace of Christ for an altered version, which was not really good news. There were apparently some that had come in and stirred up (troubled) the brethren with another form of the gospel, which was not truly the gospel at all. We know that there were brethren among the Jews that wanted to see the Gentiles that were being drawn to Christ placed under some of the legal requirements they had been brought up under (Act 15:5-11).
Paul is instructing the church here to not be caught away from the grace of Jesus Christ because of the pressure of men. He is so emphatic about this that he admonishes them to ban (be accursed) anyone, himself included, that came preaching any form of the gospel that made man’s work essential to being delivered from sin. When we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ today, who are we convincing? Are we set to please God, or do we seek to please men?
In that present evil world, there were obviously those that desired to please men. They were attempting (and apparently having some success) to turn aside the Galatian churches from the simple grace that had first moved them to follow Jesus. Our present world contains this same evil; men attempting to please other men in the way they handle the gospel.
Men exalt themselves as though they were somehow essential to the salvation of the believer. Paul says if he were still trying to please men, he would not be the servant of Christ: as used here, the word “should” implies the actual existence of fact (see Webster’s 1828 dictionary). It is a fact that when we seek to please men we are not the servant of Christ. No amount of haranguing should ever move the church away from the grace of Christ. Any man that would do so, me included, should not be allowed to stand before God’s people until he can truly say blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
May we seek to please God and not man by declaring the truth of the grace of Jesus Christ!