Many Churches today are in the mixture of Galatianism. What is this thing called Galatianism?
- It is mixing the Old and New Covenants
- It is mixing Law and Grace
- It is mixing human effort and Christ’s finished work
- It is salvation by grace without works but then relating to God based on the works of the moral laws (Ten commandments, Sermon on Mount, etc.)
- It is saying that we are forgiven by the blood of Christ but that we need to keep on confessing sin to be forgiven progressively or relationally.
The Church in Galatia had a big problem – they believed in Christ and received the Holy Spirit by grace through faith, but then after salvation they were relating to God based on the Law (613 commandments).
Paul asked them this question:
Galatians 3 “Foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you not to obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 I just want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now completed in the flesh?“
Paul clearly lays out the truth here:
- We received the Holy Spirit only by hearing the Gospel through faith in Christ and not our works
- Why then are we now relating to God based on our works?
Now many believers will say that we are not keeping the ceremonial laws (getting circumcised, avoiding shellfish, pork, etc.)
But then we will turn around and say that we are under the “Moral law”, the Ten Commandments!
The problem is that we cannot divide the Law into pieces that are convenient for us to keep – if we are relating to God based on the moral law, we are still going back under the entire Law! Either we obey the entire Law (613 commandments) OR fully trust in Christ – there is no in between! The Law is an indivisible unit – everything must be obeyed!
Galatians 3 “10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in ALL things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not of faith, but, “The man who does them will live by them.”
The righteousness of the Law is about relating to God based on man’s DEEDS.
Romans 10 “5 For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who DOES them will live by them.”
Do you know that even Christ’s commandments of avoiding lust & anger, loving enemies, turning the other cheek, selling everything, carrying the cross, forsaking families/jobs, praying the Lord’s prayer, were ALL the FULFILLMENT of the LAW – this means that Jesus actually preached the LAW in the 3 synoptic Gospels. (Matthew 5:17-48, Luke 12, Luke 14, Matthew 6, etc…).
Many Christians (including myself in the past) relate to God based on the Sermon on the Mount but WITHOUT OBEYING the main commandment of selling everything to the poor!
If we try to relate to God based on laws but haven’t obeyed that MAIN commandment of selling everything to the poor, then we are guilty of breaking it all!
James 2:10 “10 For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”
This is the case of “Galatianism” today in the Church – we say that we are saved by grace but then relate to God based on the LAW – without actually obeying most of it !!
We put ourselves under the curse of the Law by still holding on to the Law even after salvation!
This is how we end up in the mixture of Galatianism.
Dear friends, we cannot relate to God based on the Law or the Sermon on the Mount! It is impossible to obey! God did not give the Law or the Sermon on the Mount to save anyone but to show that we need grace through faith in Christ:
Romans 3 ” 20 Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. 21 But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God sent to be an atoning sacrifice, through faith in his blood”
The reason Jesus preached those impossible demands was to show Israel the true extent of the Law and yet we in the Church try to “please” God based on those commandments – which none of us obey anyway! (Read more here: https://mathewsimon.org/2020/08/31/how-do-believers-have-relationship-with-christ/ )
When we fail in obeying those commands, we use the “bar soap” of confession to try to obtain progressive / relational forgiveness but being ignorant of the fact that God only forgives based on the blood of Christ and not our “saying sorry”.
God’s relationship and fellowship with believers is based ONLY on the blood of Jesus Christ and not our confessions after our miserable failure to keep the impossible demands of the Law.
We confess our sins, but do you know that sin is actually anything that falls short of God’s GLORY !!
- God created the entire universe – we cannot do that – so we have sinned.
- Jesus is perfectly sinless and loving like God -we cannot do that so we have sinned.
- Jesus died and was raised from the dead – we cannot do that, so we have sinned.
Our confession of sins is our escape-clause from the failures of keeping the Law.
But do you know that confession is only for unbelievers and not for believers! (Read here: https://mathewsimon.org/2020/09/04/confession-is-for-unbelievers/)
And what is the point of confessing sins when we’re never going to be perfect like God ? We use the Law to know what is sin and we confess it if we commit some sins! But we have not obeyed Christ’s main commandment in the 3 Gospels – “sell everything to the poor and follow Him”. Nobody does that – so then we have to keep confessing that sin every single day!
I hope you see my point – we cannot keep the Law that Jesus preached in the 3 gospels before the cross. The Law was still in effect before the cross. But at the cross, a New Covenant was made. Today the Law only exists to judge the unbeliever (1 Timothy 1:8-9). The believer is not under Law.
The reason our sins are forgiven eternally is that Christ’s death fulfilled the demands of the Law once and for all for the believer!
Colossians 2 “13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us ALL our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.”
The reason we are righteous is because Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law by becoming the curse on the cross so that we are BLESSED FREELY with His Righteousness! The believer is not under the impossible demands of the LAW any more.
Romans 10 “4 For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who does them will live by them.” But the righteousness which is of faith says this, ….“The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith which we preach: 9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Galatians 3 “13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
How then do we relate to God? In the same way we got saved! Not by the Ten Commandments or Sermon on the Mount, but by knowing His grace and love and letting Him bear fruit in us by His grace and not our efforts (Read more here: https://mathewsimon.org/2020/09/10/believers-are-not-guided-by-law-but-by-christs-love-and-grace/ )
Colossians 2 “6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.”
For further reading:
The Lord’s prayer was about works-salvation under Law but has now CHANGED (Read here: https://mathewsimon.org/2020/09/15/the-lords-prayer-was-the-laws-prayer/ )
Confession of sin was ONLY for unbelievers and NOT for believers! https://mathewsimon.org/2020/09/04/confession-is-for-unbelievers/
We are NOT called to carry the cross because Jesus already did it: https://mathewsimon.org/2020/09/09/denying-self-carrying-cross/
We CANNOT relate to God based on the Sermon on Mount OR the Law anymore but only based on GRACE https://mathewsimon.org/2020/08/31/how-do-believers-have-relationship-with-christ/
We are NOT under the TITHE: https://mathewsimon.org/2020/09/18/we-are-not-under-tithing/
We are NOT under the SABBATH: https://mathewsimon.org/2020/09/19/we-are-not-under-sabbath/