7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 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.
9 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.
1. You were exposed to the gospel of the grace of God, and you accepted this gospel as the truth (v.6).
2. You believed this message to be from God the Father (vv.4,6), and accepted it as a work of grace on His part to even let you hear it.
3. Somebody preached something else to you after I left (Acts 14-15) and called it "the gospel," but it was a perversion of the gospel (v.7).
4. It was a perversion that is characterized by a low-rating of grace (v.6).
5. If you hear anyone else preach a perverted gospel, including an angel, agree to his damnation (v.8).
If these people preaching the perversion were not to be actually damned, Paul, at least, desired their damnation. Verses 8 and 9 may be a prediction as well as a prayer.
The problem is how to apply the text. John Wesley was certainly not accursed, nor was Peter Cartwright, nor was Asbury, who all taught that the believer must work to endure to the end (Matt.24:13) or lose salvation.
1. The gospel, here, is the "good news."
2. It is the "good news" of Acts 13:38 which was preached in Galatia.
Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
This is the good news which was reconfirmed by Simon Peter at the Jerusalem Council: Acts 15:11 "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they."
Regardless of Paul's advanced revelations concerning the life of the believer after he was saved, the message that leads to his salvation is the gospel referred to in Galatians 1:8-9.
This exempts the old-time Methodists from the curse of the passage, at least where any of them preached the blood atonement and the free gift of eternal life by the grace of God. Though they may have gotten some passages from Matthew, Acts, and Hebrews boggled in their heads, the Lord blessed their lives and ministries when they preached John 3:16 from the heart.
However, where the "plan of salvation" preached is "that if you do this, and this, and this, and keep on doing this, you might be saved," the preacher is clearly damned: Matthew 23:13 "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in."
The damnation would include:
The Roman Catholic Hierarchy, which teaches that one must be sprinkled into the Kingdom of God by a priest/mediator, and, then, if one faithfully takes the "sacraments" with a good heart he might go to heaven - but, no one can know for sure until he is dead.
Church of Christ preachers who teach that one is washed clean by the blood of Christ, contained in the city water system, providing it is administered in a Church of Christ by a Church of Christ minister.
Pentecostals who teach that one is not saved until he is baptized.
Charasmatics who teach that salvation is in two stages: (1) when the believer trusts Christ, and (2) when the Holy Ghost accepts them by "baptizing" the person with Himself, which is evidenced by speaking in unknown tongues.
Jehovah's Witnesses who teach that one may enter the Kingdom only if he or she distributes Watchtower literature and recruits others to do the same, and perseveres until the end.
Mormons who teach that being born-again means to be baptized, salvation means resurrection, the blood of Jesus Christ does not cleanse from all sin, and a person cannot go to heaven without the consent of Joseph Smith.
Seventh Day Adventists who teach that real saved people will be found observing the Old Testament seventh day sabbath when Christ returns.
Anyone or any religion or any denomination or any sect who does not preach the gospel (good news) of salvation by grace through faith without any admixture of works (1 Cor.15:1-4; Eph.2:8-9).
1Corinthians 15:1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
If a believer is not moderately dispensational, the Scriptures will never make sense. An angel DOES preach another gospel in Revelation 14:6, and he is NOT accursed. He is plainly preaching another gospel to another group in another dispensation, which means that Peter was perfectly in line in preaching works for receiving the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38-39), even though this is not the gospel of Galatians 1:10-14. There are plainly three gospels between Matthew 10 and Acts 15, and God honors all three of them (Gospel of the Kingdom, Gospel of Repentance and Baptism, and Paul's Gospel) when they are received by the people to whom they are directed.
It was not until Acts 15 that the Church officially stated the gospel for "this age," the Gospel of the Grace of God (Acts 15:11). From Acts 8:35 to the Rapture of the Church, there is only one "good news" and, it is not the "good news" preached by One Worlders, Liberal Democrats, Catholics, Humanistic Educators, or anyone who takes them seriously. If the Pauline anathema is inspired, we can understand why modern Science, Religion, Philosophy, and Education have no use for the Bible. The clear statement is: "If any man preach any other gospel unto you...let him be accursed" (v.9).