Andrew Das on Galatians 1:6-7 and our “age of rampant sensitivity training”

Commenting on Galatians 1:6-7, “I am astonished that you are so quickly turning away from the one who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel. Not that there is another gospel, but some people are confusing you and are wanting to pervert the Gospel about Christ.”

In a pluralist, Western society, people do not, on the whole, subscribe to absolute truth claims. Even Western Christians shy away from expressing such claims. Paul contends that absolute truth can indeed be known because God has intervened in human affairs, yes, even in Paul’s letter itself, in order to reveal truth. To compromise that revelation is to compromise one’s commitment to the Revealer. In an age of rampant sensitivity training, Paul’s harsh tone will likely seem offensive. Modern Westerners are not as accustomed to inflammatory rhetoric as were the ancients. Nevertheless, the danger Paul warns against threatens the modern no less than the ancient: The absolute truth of the Gospel message must not be compromised in any part. As the early church writer Theodore of Mopsuestia put it: “Just as with royal currency–anyone who cuts off a little from the impress has debased the whole currency–so one who makes even the smallest change in sound faith adulterates the whole.”

Andrew Das, Galatians, “Concordia Commentary,” 105


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