Another Outline from Brian A. Yeager

So Soon Removed

A. Studying how easily brethren can be swayed will help us to:
1. Know we can fail: Hebrews 3:12; cf. I Corinthians 9:27
2. Secure ourselves: II Timothy 2:19
3. Beware of others in what they can do to us: II Peter 3:17
B. As we examine the churches of Galatia (churches in the region of Galatia), letís consider that they started on the right foot:
1. Antioch in Pisidia was in Galatia (visited during Paulís first journey): Acts 13:14
2. He then returned later on his second journey: Acts 16:6
3. On his third journey he went through strengthening the disciples (showing there were obviously conversions on his previous trips and since then): Acts 18:23
I. Soon Removed [Quickly Turning] From Him That Called
A. The brethren in Galatia had failed, being soon removed: Galatians 1:6
1. The Parable of the Sower shows how the word of God is easily lost in the hearts of some who begin and fail to continue: Luke 8:5-8; 11-15
2. Even a congregation that has been taught and warned can fail: Revelation 2:5
3. Paul would later warn Timothy of the very thing that happened in Galatia: I Timohty 4:1 and II Timothy 4:3-4
B. By whom are we called and how (helping us to see they were removed from the Lord and His word)?
1. God calls us: I Thessalonians 2:12
2. Through the Gospel: II Thessalonians 2:14
3. A calling according to a plan: II Timothy 1:9-10
II. They Were Easily Persuaded Away From Christ
A. Paul clearly determined they were easily swayed:
1. Galatians 3:1
2. Someone had caused them to err (more of this later): Galatians 5:7-9
3. They were swayed through a perversion of the Gospel: Galatians 1:7
a. Hebrews 12:15
b. Hebrews 13:8-9
4. Paul wrote to Titus on how to deal with these types of matters: Titus 1:10-14
B. Those who are easily persuaded into error are not very grounded in the truth:
1. II Timothy 2:16-18
2. II Timothy 3:1-7
3. Colossians 1:23
III. They Were Being Constrained (Persuaded) To Error Through the Impure Motives of Others
A. Being told to be circumcised so others could avoid being persecuted for Christ: Galatians 6:12
1. Circumcision does not mean anything spiritually: Galatians 5:6
2. The binding of circumcision was a problem in the N.T.: Acts 15:5
3. One could not allow this false doctrine to prevail: Galatians 2:3-5
4. Those who tried to justify themselves through the Law of Moses had become estranged from Christ: Galatians 5:4
B. We have to be aware that false doctrines often have motives behind them (i.e. they bound circumcision to avoid persecution from the Jews):
1. MDR error to free friends or family members instead of one man one woman for life: Matthew 19:3-9
2. Fellowship error to continue friendships with false teachers (i.e. Homer Hailey): Psalms 119:63; cf. Romans 16:17-18
3. Error to justify oneís own wrongful actions (i.e. making matters of faith matters of personal judgment to keep the Scriptures out of it): Psalms 119:1-3
4. Not preaching or teaching on certain doctrines because someone might point out the inconsistencies in their own lives: Romans 2:21-23
C. Consider some of the characteristics often seen in false teachers:
1. Matthew 7:15
2. Matthew 24:11
3. Matthew 24:24
4. II Peter 2:1-3
A. We need to endure to the end:
1. James 5:11
2. Hebrews 10:23
B. We must always keep the truth: I John 2:4
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