Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? – Galatians 4:16
Within the church at Galatia, there arose a sect that successfully drew many into its net. This group was known as the “Judaizers” and they sought to bring the Old Testament laws back into the new church. In short, this “cult” believed that you could not be a follower of Christ unless you also agreed to abide by the current restrictions established by those who followed Judaism. Of course, this would have been difficult for the Gentiles.
The apostle Paul strongly opposed this divisive group and, in an effort to draw the church back, gave a sharp rebuke of its teachings and leaders. Apparently, some did not like what he said. Yet, no matter how much the Judaizers disliked the apostle’s message, to be his enemy was to be an enemy of God’s truth.
Any Christ-follower can face the same prospect. You don’t have to be an “Apostle” to find yourself in the crosshairs of those who do not adhere to biblical teaching. If you consistently live, speak, or teach God’s Word, there will always be those who refuse to accept it. They may not like you for it. Teach it anyway. No matter the consequences, it is always better to be a friend of God than an enemy of the truth.
If I speak what is false, I must answer for it; if truth, it will answer for me. – Thomas Fuller