Teaching is an important aspect of life. Indeed, from the womb to the tomb, one is constantly learning, and this learning shapes the life of each human being. Human beings progress from learning to talk and walk to learning to synthesize information and draw conclusions based on the information.
Teaching means there are teachers. A child’s initial teacher is the parent, and as they grow and develop they also learn from those around them. Primarily, institutions such as schools, colleges, and universities provide the place where learning happens at a maximum rate.
Teaching and learning also occur in the church. There the pastor or Sunday school teacher aims to educate the church attendees on the things concerning God.
Now, if you look into the Bible, you will see that there are those who were considered great teachers. Outside of Jesus Christ Himself, probably the most skilled teacher was the apostle Paul. Paul was well credentialed, yet he gave God credit for his ability to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1: 13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
As a teacher, Paul was a responsible teacher. Paul went about starting churches over the known world, which means that he was on the move. However, Paul would return to check on the churches he established.
The disappointment with the church in Galatia was that Paul immediately recognized that they had moved from the teaching he had taught them.
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Paul was shocked! Well, this would seem to be the right response. For as a master-teacher, proficient in the knowledge and the dissemination of the knowledge, Paul was beyond surprised that those people had fallen away.
Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 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.
Paul called those who had entered into that young church and twisted the heart and minds of the people causing them to turn away from the gospel of Jesus Christ, perverted. The word perverted means “mutated or twisted.”
One of the reasons that each Christian must read their Bible and attend their own church to be taught by their own pastor is because the perversion still exists today. Yes, there are those who absolutely know how to pervert what you have been receiving all of this time.
Be careful, because what those perverts are saying may sound like the gospel, but it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. Stay focused and protect that which you have already learned. Do not think that you are invincible. Stay grounded and rooted in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Blessings Abound!