9b If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
An absolute denunciation of every preacher of the false gospel is uttered here. This is the second time in two successive verses that Paul denounces false preachers. In the previous verse he said, “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” (Galatians 1:8). Whether it be a man of repute (like the apostle) or a heavenly being (like an angel), if he distorts the truth of the Gospel, he is an accursed individual!
In the Galatian church, certain Jewish men were insisting that Christians – whether Jew or Greek – should subscribe to Jewish ceremonial customs, such as circumcision and dietary laws, in order to be saved. They are known as Judaizers. Those men were undermining the pure Gospel message that salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, who died and rose again for the forgiveness of sins. Many of the Galatian church members were severely affected by the teachings of the Judaizers. So Paul said in verse 6, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel”.
Any gospel other than “salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus who died and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures”, is a distorted gospel. Even today, many add to or subtract from the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a great need for us not only to preach the pure Gospel with clarity and zeal, but also to denounce the false gospels and their advocates.
Note that the apostle’s severe censure is not only for the false gospel message but also for its preacher. He said, “let him be accursed.” The word “accursed”, translated from the Greek word anathema, denotes a person given up to be cursed and destroyed. Indeed, those who preach another gospel are already given up to be cursed and destroyed. If we do not warn Christians about false teachers who shall arise and their false doctrines, many unsuspecting people can be misled to accept their false teachings and false ways.
Paul, the zealous champion of the purity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, warns us against believing and propagating any perverted form of the Gospel of Christ. May we be steadfast and true to Christ and His Gospel.