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In 1775, Patrick Henry gave a fiery speech to support the American Revolution. He closed it by saying, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Henry’s passion for liberty was a little like that of the Apostle Paul, even though Paul’s zeal was for a different cause. Paul was zealous for the purity of the Gospel. He had preached in ancient Galatia that God saves people based on faith in Jesus Christ; but other teachers followed him with a different message. They insisted that God only saved people who kept the laws of Moses. Paul was furious with this teaching, so he wrote them a letter-Galatians 1: “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. Those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ are fooling you. Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.” Paul was passionate about the Good News of the Gospel. He wanted no one to distort the truth that God’s gift of salvation is free and unmerited. It is free to everyone who, by faith, accepts Jesus Christ as Savior.

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