Who are your leaders? These people guide your mindset whether you consciously choose to allow them to or not. They can change your decisions on numerous issues, like what you eat and wear for example. However, the biggest change that your chosen leaders can have on your life is your religious views. While some leaders claim the name of Christ, they live their lives entirely different from the truths in the Word of God. The influence that these kinds of leaders can have on your life must be examined and determined as to be good or bad, and Paul in Galatians 1:6-11 gives a strict guideline that your leader must follow to be spiritually in line with God.
Galatians 1:6-10 – I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Paul starts out discussing that the congregations of the churches at Galatia have chosen the wrong spiritual leaders. He states that these leaders have perverted the gospel of Christ through their incorrect teachings. To hopefully set the churches straight, Paul sets a guideline by which Christians should judge whom they follow.
If your leaders do not preach what the Bible says, do not follow them.
This guideline should be an obvious one for any Christian, but Paul had to repeat it in his day, and perhaps it needs to be repeated even more in ours. Many Christians are going with what makes them feel good, rather than what honors God.
Take contemporary Christian music for an example. Some Christian teenagers will pack into concerts for this music, but would not be caught dead singing an old time hymn. The reason behind this is that teenagers feel “comfortable” being a Christian in an environment that is just like the world, but when it comes to being different, they avoid it because they hate being laughed at by the world. However, Paul asks a pointed question that makes the believers think about whom they follow.
Galatians 1:11 – For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
If you, as a Christian teenager, are either pleasing men, or being pleased by the works of men, you are not living as a servant of Christ. Look at it from this angle. The true gospel does not coddle you and make you happy about living for God. The true gospel teaches you through the conviction of the Holy Spirit so that you need to live differently from the world.
What hero of the faith in the Bible had an easy life? David ran for his life from Saul, Daniel was thrown into the den of lions for praying to God, Paul himself was beaten, stoned, and eventually killed. Why did they stay the course? Because they were convicted to be different from the world and live primarily as servants of God. They all realized an important truth. . .
The tribulations and trials that are experienced on earth are a part of a life in service to Christ. Living to simply please yourself in this life is contrary to God’s plan for your life.
This is not to say that we cannot experience joy or happiness. But, when choosing between what is right and wrong for our lives, we must always begin with our service to God as the deciding factor of choices we make.
The question that you need to ask yourself is, have you realized this truth? Are you willing to abandon the wrong leaders, to be a servant of God?