No Other View

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. Brothers, if I am still preaching [something other than grace alone], why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. (Galatians 5:7–11, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – To the “many paths to God” crowd, the cross is offensive.  To the “I gotta be good enough” crowd, it is a stumbling-block.  To the “there’s nothing beyond the grave” crowd, it is foolishness.  Different responses with one common denominator — they are all responses of those who are perishing.

The “ing” verb tense is a continuous verb tense.  Perishing does indeed continue beyond the grave.  “Good enough” works will not prevent it.  Any other path cannot get around it.

My Advice – In our line of work (ambassadors for Christ) it is best that we do talk (blog, tweet, etc.) about it.  We may be lectured by offended, dismissed by the stumbling,  or ridiculed by the fatalists. There are worse forms of being  persecuted. But “I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view.” And who knows, some may be persuaded to turn.