If I Yet Pleased Men

“For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I would not be a slave of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

In the verses preceding (vv.7-9), Paul anathematized those who would pervert the gospel of Christ. Those perverting the gospel of Christ are men-pleasers who seek NOT the redemptive glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, but seek rather the self-righteous glory of men in the face of their approval. Those who glory and boast in MAN seek the glory and approval of MAN. Those who boast in MAN believe that MAN’S EFFORTS (or “infallibly enabled” efforts) are what make the difference between salvation and damnation. Those who glory and boast in MAN claim to boast in Christ alone while they commit spiritual fornication with boasters of MAN.

Man-boasters and pleasers attempt to persuade others to believe in a “savior” who died for everyone without exception. In this scheme the “savior” needs MAN to save him from failing. In this scheme MAN is seated on his redemptive throne high and lifted up, shining in the light of his glory. MAN is sovereign in this scheme. And MAN chooses his own eternal destiny and thwarts God’s decretive will.

“Here is wisdom: Let the one having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man and its number is six hundred and sixty six” (Revelation 13:18).

The beast boasts in the MAN who vainly attempts to rob Jesus Christ of His redemptive glory. Those presently bearing the name of the beast believe that it is possible for a regenerate person to confess a false gospel; believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception (universal atonement); believe that universal atonement advocates are saved; and say they believed universal atonement for a time after they were regenerated.

In contrast to these boasters and pleasers of MAN, true Christians seek the redemptive glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Their SOLE BOAST is in Christ and Him crucified. Whatever one believes makes the difference between salvation and damnation is what one glories in, what one boasts in. Those who believe that it is the work of Christ alone that makes the difference between salvation and damnation glory in Christ crucified.