“Who Says No To More?” Gal. 1:3-5
Perhaps you have seen it. It is a TV Ad that asks, “Who Says No to More?”
Then we see people who are saying no to things you just don’t refuse. Who would say “no more” to a raise, to a check for million dollars, or to an additional week of vacation? We even see Rex, a dog, pushing away a bowl of beef stew. So sure, “Who says no to more?” If Time Warner cable service offers more, how can you say no?
But wait, are there times when the “more” offered is a façade, an empty promise, a deceitful lie. Of course, we know that from experience.
Remember the lie, “I will give you the world and all its splendor?” Sounds good doesn’t it? Remember who offered that at what price? All you have to do is bow down to me, said Satan as he tempted Jesus.
So how are we to decide? When do you graciously say yes and when do you absolutely say no to more? Paul writing to the Galatians addresses this problem. Some of the Galatians had bought into a “more” that was false. Paul writes, “I am surprised you are saying yes to an offer to good to be true.” What was happening and how did Paul address it?
Question: What churches was Paul writing to in his letter to the Galatians?
Answer: At the time of Paul, there were two areas identified as Galatia in what is now Turkey. Paul did start and visit churches on his three missionary journeys in south Galatia. What we do know is Paul wrote to people he knew and had taught so logically the letter went to those churches in South Galatia including the church at Pisidian Antioch, Iconium and Lystra.