A game of phones: Get the story straight

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As we said before, so I say now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. – Gal 1:9

Have you ever played the telephone game? You know, the one where one person in a group shares a simple story with another person, and then that person retells the “same” story to another person, and so on. The game continues until every person in the group has been told “the story.”

Of course, the kicker is that by the end of the game, the original story no longer matches the story that was first shared between the first two people. At first, the story might miss a detail or two. Then, the story becomes what the next storyteller gains (or misses) from the story told to them. Sometimes, details are added by a more imaginative storyteller or omitted by intent or mistake. Finally, given a large enough group, the last rendition told of the original story hardly resembles the true or original story at all.

I imagine Paul witnessing a real-life telephone game in the early church, and was prompted to begin his letter to the Galatians in this manner. There is no other gospel, he proclaims.

Indeed, the word of God is true and does not change. Paul wrote directly to the early churches in Galatia, places like Antioch, the first place believers in Christ were called Christians, as well as to Iconium, Derbe, and Lystra. However, God’s word is as true today as it ever was.

The good news changes not. Salvation, Christian living, grace, mercy, and the promises of God change not. The last version of the good news must be the same as the first, the original. Jesus lived, died, and rose again, and now is available to anyone who believes and obeys His word. When it comes to the word of God, child-like telephone games are unacceptable. Paul speaks sternly of someone who speaks falsely of God’s word: “Let him be accursed.”

Do you know what you’re listening to? Who speaks into your life? Does what you’re hearing match up with the Word of God? Seek truth. Don’t settle for less. Go to the word of God and get your story straight.

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