8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
The Gospel is more important than the one who delivers it. Paul includes himself in the condemnation of those who would dare to deliver another Gospel. “Even if I deliver another Gospel…” Paul says, “then I should be eternally condemned”.
A couple of thoughts: 1) We should never be so presumptuous that we know with absolute certainty that we will never change or never be less than orthodox. Such self confidence is not faith in the keeping power and love of God. It is faith in oneself. The mark of faithfulness in the power of God to keep us is carefulness. 2) We are not as important as the message we deliver. We are not the indispensable element, the Gospel is. 3) Knowing the facts of the Gospel is crucially important. This nonsense about not getting bogged down in the details – just love Jesus – sends people to hell and we should never fall into the sin of it. 4) You will be tempted to fudge the truth and present another Gospel. The issue has always been and always will be, “What is the Gospel?”
Today, if the church finally capitulated and said, “yes, all roads do lead to God”, the world would rejoice. And we feel the disapproval of the world to the exclusivity of the Gospel. We could escape the scorn of the world if we would only change the message. But we dare not. We must not. We cannot.
When you give the Gospel, give the only Gospel there is to give. It is the power of God. It does not need to be apologized for. It does not need to have parts of it hidden or changed to help people accept it. The reason we see so little fruit in this part of the world is quite often due to the fact that we have attempted to change the Gospel to the times, to our own way of thinking. Sometimes the reason people so quickly embrace the message they have heard is because they did not hear the Gospel. God saves through the Gospel. Know it, believe it, preach it.