Galatians 1:7 :
and there isn’t another “good news.” Only there are some who trouble you, and want to pervert the Good News of Christ.
Many translations of the English Bible interpret the word that means “good news” into the word “gospel.” I think it is fine to use the word gospel in this context. “The Gospel” is the “good news” of Christianity. Just as there are not many Gospel’s, there aren’t many “Christianities.”
There are, however, many perversions of The Gospel about Jesus Christ.
One of the things that bothers me deeply today is that there are so many people who claim they are Christians who do not hold to the clear teachings in this letter to the Galatians. This book makes it exceedingly clear that any deviation from The Gospel, is perverse. Even the word “Gospel” in English has come to mean something basic that cannot and should not be changed.
Today, the power that works in the minds of the people of the world has convinced them that those who believe truth are perverse. When someone claims that they know the truth, people in our culture get irritated. This is a complete reversal of what is perverse.
This should not surprise us. Since the days that Paul wrote this letter, perversions of Christianity have been multiplying. Pilate, who ordered Jesus to be killed even said: “What is truth?” This idea is still around today. One way that we can detect a perversion is by whether the news is good. When the news fails to be good, something is probably wrong.
I hope it is clear that not all good news is the un-perverted gospel. But, there is a specific “good news” that describes what Jesus has done for mankind, but one way to tell the difference between the truth and a lie, as we shall see later, is the simple fact that with many perversions the news stops being good!
It is difficult to match the goodness in the news of Christianity with a mere man-made concoction.